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Japan’s Sakura Festival
12 Mar 2018INSPIRATIONBY SweetEscape

There's no better season to visit Japan other than spring when cherry blossom flowers bloom and all the cities turn pink! You could just feel the romantic vibe everywhere and experience Japan at its most quintessential.

Don't forget to take part in the Hanami Festival, an event specially dedicated to welcome the infamous symbol of Japan! Sakura, as the cherry blossom flower is known in the country, was considered to be sacred in the old days and the gods were believed to live inside the its trees. This led to the flower viewing tradition, which has been practiced for thousands of years. Nowadays, however, the Japanese see and embrace the tradition as an annual celebration, that time of the year when they gather around and picnic in the park. Small parties take place underneath the Sakura trees while people eat and drink together. Japanese restaurants also serve Hanami-themed menus, usually a bento box with pink sakura decor, as well as the Sakura mochi, only available during the festival's run.

We advise you to schedule your visit between March to May every year when the flowers are in full bloom. Join the festivities, munch on your yakitori while sipping on your ocha and bask yourself in Japan's pink magic!

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