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The Birds & the Bees of Sakura Trees

Three fun facts about the reproductive ecology of Japanese cherry trees.

Ski with Sakura in Sapporo

The end of April sees all but the nation's northernmost cherry blossoms fall to the ground. But on the island of Hokkaido, the annual wave of pink and white is only about to begin.

Sakura & Samurai Houses in Kakunodate

Check out one of the Three Famous Cherry Blossom Spots of Michinoku, including the centuries-old weeping cherry blossoms of Kakunodate's samurai district.

4 Tokyo Area Restaurants to Enjoy with Sakura

Savor fantastic meals along with beautiful cherry blossoms!

Get a Good Whiff of Sakura-Infused Beer

Even beer companies are getting on the cherry blossom bandwagon with products like this aromatic 'sakura' beer. We'll drink to that!

Gorgeous Sakura-Carpeted Landscapes

A little off the beaten track, these pictures of pink petals scattered over rivers and pathways rival even the fully blossomed cherry trees.

The 3 Great Cherry Trees of Japan

The only thing more jaw-dropping than their beauty is just how long these cherry trees have been around!

Top 9 Sakura Spots in Tohoku & Hokkaido

Since northern Japan gets its cherry blossoms later than the rest of the country, even if you've missed the first round of 'sakura' to the south, you can often catch late blooms in Tohoku and Hokkaido as late as the end of April or even early May.

Top 5 Hanami Spots in the Tokai Area

Want to see some beautiful cherry blossoms this year? Then check out these Top 5 sites that promise some gorgeous pictures and fantastic views!

Sink Your Teeth into Natural Sakura Ice Cream

Why settle for artificial cherry blossom-flavored ice cream when you can have the full on petals in your tasty, icy treat?

10 Top Nighttime Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots

Between March and April, people flock outdoors to enjoy the brief life of Japan's blooming cherry blossoms. But just because the day ends doesn't mean the 'hanami' (flower viewing) has to as well. Take a look at our 10 recommended night viewing spots!

5 Lesser-Known Sakura Spots Around Tokyo

There are a number of gorgeous cherry blossom spots just waiting to be enjoyed in the greater Tokyo area that are virtually unknown to visitors.

18 Awesome Recipes Using Pickled Sakura

This list of awesome recipes with pickled cherry blossoms, or 'okazuke,' includes traditional Japanese foods as well as contemporary Westernized treats! Yum!

How to 'Hanami' Like A Pro

Whether you're going with your family, friends or co-workers, here's what you need to know to enjoy your cherry blossom viewing to the fullest!

Why Japanese People are Obsessed with Sakura

Cherry blossom viewing parties aren't just an excuse to get drunk in a public place, but a traditional practice of celebrating the coming of spring that has become an important part of Japanese custom.

2 Sakura Cupcakes, 2 Very Different Flavors

To show their appreciation for the cherry blossoms, two famous Western bakeries are offering limited-edition 'sakura' cupcakes!

4 Ways J-Pop Has Gone Sakura for 2016

There are plenty of J-pop songs with cherry tree, or 'sakura,' in the title. Here are four new entries from 2016 alone!

9 Reasons Why I Love 'Hanami'

'Hanami' literally means flower-viewing, but it actually refers to picnic parties that appear under the blooming cherry trees all across Japan every spring. Grace from Texan in Tokyo offers us her Top 9 reasons to love them!

Kanazawa: Traditional Scenes Among the Sakura

Known for retaining much of its feudal, old-city atmosphere, Kanazawa is a castle town that boasts beautiful landmarks that can be enjoyed in every season. However, the spring cherry blossom season is in a class of its own.

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