How to Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) like a local

“Hanami” is  the Japanese for cherry blossom viewing, viewing with the sense of appreciating the beauty of it. Hanami should not be done in a rush of time. You can take time to walk slowing through the sakura (cherry blossom trees), empty you mind, enjoy the breeze, and appreciate the bunches of cherry blossoms around you.…

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Top 10 hanami (sakura viewing) locations 桜の名所

The preferred hanami (cherry blossoms viewing) locations rated by Japanese people. As the spring season is approaching. It is time to choose a hanami location in the preferred city and spend time doing a picnic with family and friends, appreciating the beautiful short living pink flowers. Keep in mind that the sakura blooming varies in…

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Visit the hot spring hotel in ‘Spirited Away’ in real life

Following Chihiro to cross the red bridge leading to the mysterious bathhouse (油屋, Aburaya), the story of ‘Spirited Away‘ (千と千尋の神隠し) began. The whole story was built around the Japanese hot spring (温泉, onsen) culture in Japan. Most of the scenes in and out of the bathhouse were created after the different traditional Japanese inns all over Japan,…

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Sakura Forecast Japan 2017: When & Where

Latest Sakura Forecast – choose the right time at the right place for cherry blossoms viewing Each year, the blooming starts from Okinawa in January to Hokkaido in May. Sakura gets full bloom after around a week from it’s first blossoms. Then, the patels will gradually fall off from the branches. Tips: Go to the right…

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10 interesting facts about Sakura (cherry blossoms)

There are more than 600 varieties of sakura in Japan, the most popular variety is the Somei-yoshino (染井吉野) Somei-yoshino (染井吉野) was largely cultivated during the Edo Period. Its blossoms have 5 petals and are mainly white with a tinge of pink, which makes it especially spectacular during its peak blooming period. Most sakura have 5 petals but…

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Sakura products vibe 桜の商品

During the cherry blossom/sakura season in Japan, apart from eyeing the numerous cherry blossom trees, we cannot miss the seasonal sakura products popping out from the market. Those products ranged form food to beauty products, showcasing the broad use of sakura. We can psychologically prepare ourselves to see soba noodles in pink, sakura in champagne and beer,…

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