In bloom: an introduction to Japan’s sakura season

Sakura or cherry blossom season is a magical time of year to visit Japan. Varying by region and weather, the season starts at the end of March and can extend through May. The gorgeous, tiny pink flowers called sakura in Japanese are so popular that they are the unofficial flower of Japan. The arrival of blossoming sakura flowers is celebrated throughout the country with food, music, dancing and camaraderie.  


New Year traditions

In Japan, the start of the each new year is very important! If you don’t follow us on Instagram yet, please do. We always share photos from behind the scenes in the workshop in Kochi. Last month, we shared a series of photos detailing the end of year and start of the year traditions in the business. Go check it out, please and thank you!

On the last working day of each year, the family drive up the mountain to a shrine to give offerings of snacks and light candles and incense for a positive new year. The views driving up the mountain are jaw dropping. The landscape in Kochi is gorgeous and varied. 

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