All About Japanese Food Culture - Seasonal Japanese Food

Enjoy Sakura Season in April

Sakura cherry blossoms, which announce the coming of spring, are at their best throughout Japan in April. Because Japan stretches north to south, February is the peak for cherry blossoms in Okinawa in the southern part of the country, and they reach full bloom around May in Hokkaido in the north. While the peak varies across the country, April is when cherry trees are in full bloom on Honshu, the largest of Japan’s islands.

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What is eaten for Children’s Day?

May 5th is Children’s Day, a Japanese national holidays established in 1948, that is also referred to as Boys’ Festival. This holiday is widely enjoyed as a day to celebrate the growth of both boys and girls.

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