Beautiful party supplies turn any party into a cherry blossom-viewing one.
While everyone is excited about Japan’s beautiful cherry blossoms getting ready to open their petals, the flowers are arguably at their most enchanting when they’re falling off the branches of the trees on which they grow. As they flutter gracefully down to earth, tossed about by the wind, it’s like being enveloped in a soft pink snowstorm, and it’s one of nature’s most beautiful phenomena.
Now there’s a way for us mere humans to recreate that situation. Japanese paper goods company Speaker produces a line of decorative party crackers, with the most distinctly Japanese of the bunch being the Design Cracker Sakura.
Pull the string attached to the cone, and you’ll hear the typical pop of this class of party supply. But instead of ordinary confetti, the Design Cracker Sakura sprays forth a shower of illustrated cherry blossoms and petals.
If you’re looking for other types of seasonal flair, the rest of Speaker’s Design Cracker lineup consists of fallen leaves (for autumn), snow (winter, naturally), and raindrops (perhaps as a representation of Japan’s humid summer).
The sakura crackers can be purchased here through online retailer Rakuten here, priced at 486 yen (US$4.30) for a pack of four (the other designs are available here, for 540 yen each). They should be just the thing to add a bit of timely impact to your seasonal get-togethers, or you could just buy a stock to keep in reserve so that you can relive sakura season after the infamously short-lived flowers are gone.