Okame-zakura Blooming in Nihonbashi on March 11, 2010. My friend e-mailed me a picture of Okame-zakura blooming near her husbandâ€™s office on March 5. But the weather wasnâ€™t good so I couldnâ€™t visit there till March 11. It was a day suddenly spring had come. About 20 Okame-zakura were blooming at the back street in Nihonbashi, near Mitsukoshimae Subway Station. It is a shops and offices area near Tokyo Station where only buildings, roads and highway bridges are there. But there came white eyes. They were so quick. Sometimes 7 or 8 white-eyes came together and flew out. I was so surprised that even such a center part of Tokyo birds were living. Shop keepers near-by said those cherries were planted only 2, 3 years ago. Their shapes suite for narrow street in the center part of Tokyo. They were very beautiful. I hadnâ€™t seen Okame in full bloom in Vancouver and thought they were rather plain cherries. But they are not. Now I wonder why Ingram named it Okame. On the same day, I visited Koichikawa Botanical Garden, too. There were 2 Soshun-zakura, Hybrid of Mame-zakura, there. Both had same name plates which said Soshun-zakura, Prunus incise thumb. ex. Murray cv. Sohunzakura. But 2 trees look very different. One tree is a small umbrella-like shape tree of about 2.5 meter. It had flowers very resemble to Okame in Nihonbashi. Another one is a fastigiate tree about 4 meter. It has very small flowers of narrow petals. I havenâ€™t seen or heard about Soshun-zakura. I wonder what it is. I checked Web but couldnâ€™t find anything about it.