What is Hanami?

What is Hanami?

One of the biggest draws to Japan for tourists is the season of cherry blossoms or sakura (桜・さくら). It has become almost another tourist attraction, which draws millions of tourists every year. From south to north, the country is dyed pink and white colors. It’s undoubtedly the most awaited season (despite allergies). Surely you have seen millions…

Best Cherry Blossom Treats in Japan

Best Cherry Blossom Treats in Japan

Japanese cherry blossoms can be enjoyed not only by viewing but in various ways. Every year, numbers of Japanese brands, shops, and restaurants release cherry blossom-themed products for a limited time before or during the cherry blossom season. Especially cherry blossom-flavored food and drinks are highly popular in Japan, including Starbucks Japan’s spring Frappuccino and Sakura flavor Pocky….

Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms Around the World

Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms Around the World

When pink clouds of cherry blossoms, or sakura (as they’re known in Japan), start blooming, that’s a sure sign that spring has officially arrived.  It’s one of those blink-and-you-miss-it natural wonders, which makes it all the more magical when you do catch a glimpse of these pastel beauties. But Japan isn’t the only place to see…

Where to See Plum Blossoms in Japan: 2023 Plum Blossom Forecast

Where to See Plum Blossoms in Japan: 2023 Plum Blossom Forecast

People throughout the world are familiar with the famous Japanese cherry blossoms. They may have attended any of the numerous cherry blossom festivals held each year in the United States and elsewhere, or they may have thrilled to the sound of “Sakura Sakura,” a traditional Japanese folk song celebrating this beautiful flower. Before the cherry blossoms…

Best Products to Fight Hay Fever in Japan

Best Products to Fight Hay Fever in Japan

Spring is everyone’s favorite season of the year in Japan because of its mild weather and beautiful cherry blossoms. But there is one thing that we really hate around this time of the year… It’s “Hay Fever.” Hay fever is called “Kafunsho (花粉症)” in Japanese, and it’s caused by pollen from Japanese cedar (Sugi) and Japanese…