While we anticipate the forecast for the Sakura blooms this spring (predicted March 25 for first blooms and April 1 for peak blossom), the weather is not the only indicator that the cherry blossoms are on their way.
In early February, Japan marks the old lunar calendar’s last day of winter on what is called Setsubun. This day involves scattering beans to ward off evil and is the point where the Land of the Rising Sun begins its transition to spring.
Ah, the beauty of the flowers. The parties with friends under picturesque trees. The wonderful feeling that comes with knowing spring has arrived. There’s nothing quite like cherry blossom season in Japan.
A symbol of spring in Japan, cherry blossoms or “sakura” are enjoyed throughout Japan. The cherry blossom front moves from south (starting in February on Okinawa) to north, arriving on the Kanto Plain around the end of March and reaching Misawa by the end of April.
We’ve seen the sakura-themed Pocky, sakura-themed coffees and even sakura-themed cinnamon rolls already in Japan. Now you can add sakura and matcha donuts to the must-eat list of the spring 2021 season!
Have you heard of Japan’s furikake? In Japanese, furikake means "to sprinkle over." Furikake are seasonings of various dried ingredients such as egg, seaweed, or sesame, made to top a bowl of plain white rice.
The famous Land of the Rising Sun is known for so many things, it’s hard to even mention them all: culture, history, pop culture, manga, anime, cosplay, sights, architecture...the list could go on and on.