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Sakura season officially starts in Tokyo as cherry blossoms begin blooming in the capital

Japan Meteorological Agency makes the call one day earlier than anticipated.

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Japan’s weeping plum trees are so beautiful they’ll bring tears to your eyes【Photos】

Mie town’s garden opens its gates after nightfall so guests can see the gorgeous blossoms in a whole new light.

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Enjoy sake with ikebana with this English-friendly event series

It’s not getting drunk, it’s getting cultured! And drunk.

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Hana Komon: Japan’s beautiful, samurai-style floral birthday crests

These emblems are more personal than a birthstone, and more inclusive than the family crests of Japan’s noble houses.

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Japanese Twitter user gets surprise, heartfelt message from beloved cat that passed away

A final thank you from a cat that led a love-filled life.

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Kyoto temple grants love wishes to visitors who discover their heart-shaped hydrangeas

People in Japan are heading to the ancient temple to hunt for the flowery hearts.

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14 tips for visiting the Mt Fuji Shibazakura Festival, where beautiful “lawn sakura” blossom

With its stunning scenery and fragrant beauty, this is one spring festival you don’t want to miss!

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Take cover from April showers with an umbrella that blossoms into a flower every time you use it!

From viral hit to real product with the help of fans online!

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We head to Fukuoka’s Kawachi Wisteria Garden to see the famous blossoms with our own eyes

The internationally famous garden in Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture is a must-see for everyone at least once in their lives.

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Beyond sakura: How to tell a cherry blossom from a plum or peach flower

Not every pink flower in Japan is a cherry blossom.

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Japan’s “camellia crepes” look blooming delicious 【Photos】

A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but a “flower” that’s actually a crepe tastes a lot better.

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Bring spring into your home with pink flower-themed Le Creuset pots and tableware!

Forget seasonal sweets and drinks. In Japan, even pots and tableware get a sakura makeover in the spring, and the results are gorgeous!

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Man creates a glorious garden of scented flowers to make his blind wife smile again

This elderly couple turned their sad future around with the beauty of flowers and now thousands of people visit them when their garden blooms each year.

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Beautiful vases sway when flowers reach for the sun or as they lose their petals

A Japanese designer has created a vase that moves with your flower arrangement.

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“Painter x Lyrics: Flower Edition” art book turns music lyrics into gorgeous illustrations

Lovers of Japanese music and art rejoice, because the second volume of the Painter x Lyrics (絵師×歌詞) art book series went on sale on November 20!

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“Skeleton” flower turns transparent when wet

They say spending time on social media rots your brain, but today, just because it was making the rounds on Twitter, I discovered a really neat flower native to both Japan, where I live now, and the States, where I was born. See, who needs to leave the house?

Meet diphylleia grayi, sometimes called the skeleton flower, a humble white woodland blossom that turns transparent when it rains!

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15 million flowers are in beautiful bloom right now at Saitama’s field of Heavenly Poppies

As Japan gets ready to flip the calendar from May to June, it’s a perfect time to get out of the house and spend some time outdoors. If you’re the sort who hates cold weather, it’s finally warm enough to spend the afternoon outside with no need of a jacket, and if you can’t stand the heat, you’ve only got a few weeks left until the onset of the steamy rainy season and sizzling midsummer weather patterns.

And to sweeten the deal, right now there’s a perfect spot for your sojourn with nature, this breathtaking field of over 15 million flowers in Saitama Prefecture known as the Heavenly Poppies.

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These beautiful flower arrangements are actually desserts from Tokyo Station

Whether you call it Bavarian cream or Bavarois, the classic dessert generally isn’t much to look at. Since traditional Bavarian cream itself is just a beige lump (being cream, after all), many chefs choose to drizzle a brightly colored fruit sauce on top of it. And while that definitively adds some much needed visual pizzazz, if you’re after a dessert that’s as captivatingly beautiful as it is mouth-wateringly tempting, this Tokyo pastry shop’s Bavarian cream that includes edible flowers is basically a work of art that you can eat.

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Kitakyushu’s spectacular wisteria tunnel is blooming! You don’t want to miss it!

You guys, it’s May, so that means you can finally go see the beautiful wisteria tunnel that we told you about last October! If you find yourself anywhere near northern Kyushu or have time for a weekend getaway, head to Fukuoka Prefecture’s Kitakyushu City. If you think we’re exaggerating or doctoring the pictures to make them more beautiful (we’re not), at least trust the opinion of the Japanese Twitter users gushing over the wisteria’s beauty! 

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The not-so-fleeting beauty of the cherry blossoms: An alternate perspective

I used to work nights and weekends at my old job, and one particularly unlucky year I was missing all the cherry blossom parties friends were having while I was stuck in the office. I managed to catch a break, though, because right at the tail end of sakura season a girl I knew had a day off that matched up with one of mine, so we decided to go check out the flowers together.

We met at the station, walked down to the river, and the scenery was drop-dead gorgeous, like something out of a travel guide or some trendy Japanese TV drama or anime. After walking down a lantern-lit path lined with cherry trees in full bloom, we bought some snacks from a food stall in a park, sat down, and spent an hour or so soaking up the atmosphere.

It’s weird to think that in just a few days, all those achingly captivating pink petals would fall from their branches and be blown away by the wind. But hey, that’s what makes the sakura so special, right? Their beauty is that much greater because it’s so fleeting, right?

Yeah…I’m not sure I buy that.

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