In Bloom: Sakura

For two magical weeks, spring boldly announces its presence all over Japan in the form of sakura—the blossoms of the Japanese cherry tree. Families and friends come together for viewing parties and everyone has a bit more pep in their step. Then, as quickly as they arrived, they begin to fall like snow, replaced by green buds and the promise of warmer days. Enjoy the view!


Part of the large cherry tree grove at Kawagoe Aquatic Park


Our own private hanami (cherry blossom viewing) at Kawagoe Park included homemade vegan sausages

Sakura Booze

Sakura-inspired beverages come and go as quickly as the blossoms themselves. Pictured are two sakura-flavored beers and a sakura-flavored rosé wine.

Sakura Cat

This fancy cat dressed up in her best pearls for the Nakameguro Sakura Festival in Tokyo

Sakura Dango

Tri-colored “sakura” dango—mochi balls on a stick—at Tokyo’s Nakameguro Sakura Festival

Sakura Sunset

The sun sets behind the sakura in Kawagoe Aquatic Park

Nakameguro Sakura Festival

Lanterns and blossoms at the Nakameguro Sakura Festival in Tokyo

Watch the video in full-screen mode to get the full sakura experience

Need more sakura? Check out last year’s last year’s pics too!


  • Reply Amy April 11, 2015 at 1:34 am

    Beautiful, Robert! Does it remind you of the capitol mall? I think I need that vegan sausage recipe.

    • Reply Cascadian Abroad April 12, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      It does, except that it’s EVERYWHERE! The family we hanami’d with a couple weeks ago were familiar with Salem because it’s Kawagoe’s sister city. I’ve been meaning to send them some photos of the Capitol Mall in bloom.

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