It really was my last time to view cherry blossom this year! We went by the Osaka Mint on Monday where they have an impressive array of late blooming varieties.

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Everyone else went to enjoy it too!

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Some trees were at their peak and some others past but it was fun being pummeled with falling petals!

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We met a man with his bird and he let me hold him and feed him.

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Then without warning put it on my head.

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Waaa.

We went back in the evening to see the trees lit up but was so crowded didn’t take many pics.

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As I already mentioned in my sakura post I went to Tokyo for a night!

Sunday I didn’t take many pictures, it was raining very hard and I was tired, wet and cold!

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Of course I visited Harajuku and Closet Child in Shinjuku before meeting up with the Tokyo lolitas. We had planned a hanami party but with the bad weather we went to the Pre-Raphelites exhibition in the Mori Art Museum instead.

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Afterwards we went to Devil Craft for pizza pie and craft ale.

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The next day I went to Asakusa, Ueno and Yoyogi Park where I took lots of cherry blossom photos, before meeting up with Hanna and her friend to go to the Q-pot Cafe.

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It was soo good, we didn’t have to queue and the cafe exceeded my expectations.

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The cheesecake looks like a wedge of cheese!

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They had some special edition sakura cakes to match the new series, but I had to get the rose cupcake to match my ring!

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It was much bigger than I expected and had rose jam inside! Yum. A cake set (cake + drink) cost ¥1390, which I thought was reasonable.

After the cafe we checked out the Q-pot store opposite then I had to leave. I was headed to DisneySea!

I just got the evening pass again all the rides had mad queues, 160mins for Toy Story and 130 for Tower of Terror. Instead I walked around, met Duffy bought corn potage popcorn, watched the night show, shopped and drank a beer before catching the bus home.

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I had another great weekend in Tokyo, thanks to everyone who made my weekend a fun one!

Here’s what I bought…

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Emily Temple Cute frame skirt and Angelic Pretty biscuit hair clip both from Closet Child, rabbit tights socks from Wonder Rocket, cherry blossom fragrance, Shelly May plushie, Duffy popcorn bucket and neckties from DisneySea.

I was able to enjoy blossom in Osaka, Nara and Kyoto this year!

Nara

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I took a walk in my lunch break and saw lots of beautiful blossoms and a few deer. It was so nice I sat under a tree and read my book!

Osaka

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J and I had a BBQ under the blossom, it was pretty lively in Osaka Castle Park!

Kyoto

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The blossom is definitely past it’s best in Kyoto now but it was still pretty. We stopped by Maruyama Park and even took a rickshaw ride!

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Japan often has limited edition seasonal releases for beers, snacks, drinks, and fragranced items, and every year we can enjoy sakura mochi – but it seems this season there have been many more exciting things to try!

I already posted about Haagen Dazz ice cream here.

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And Starbucks Sakura drinks here.

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But I’ve also now tried…

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Royal Milk Tea sakura edition.

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Sakura Baton d’or, given by Js coworker. Apparently they are limited edition, only available in department stores where you have to queue for over an hour to buy them! Thank you Aya!

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Sakura tea, part of my white day gift from J.

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Cookies I bought for J!

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Sakura craft beer I had in Tokyo, tasted like a beer version of the ice cream.

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Sakura and mojito, two of my favorite things, and taste so good together.

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Sakura washing powder, now my bedding can smell like spring too!

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Sakura body spray, I really like the scent!

MacDonalds have even released a sakura burger and sakura float drink.

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It doesn’t look too appetizing though and I’m not planning on trying it!

If there are any other interesting sakura items about let me know, I’d love to try them before the season ends. I bought some sakura rice but haven’t cooked it yet!

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I had a flying visit to Tokyo this last weekend, I managed to fit lots of excitement into just two days however! For now here are some of the cherry blossom pictures I took.

Asakusa

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Ueno Park

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Yoyogi Park

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My home station just had a revamp, and now has a Vierra shopping station added next to the line.

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Modelled to look just like a loop line train!

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It houses a restaurant, 100 yen shop, crèche and gym.

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It was even featured in local newspapers when it opened!
Yomiuri and Asahi

It’s fun to have something like this right on my doorstep!
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USJ is Easter themed at the moment!

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I visited a few days ago, the lovely bright colours matched the spring like weather perfectly!

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There was an Easter Egg hunt for ¥800, you could get an egg shaped character as a prize.

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They had special Easter themed popcorn buckets.

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Lots of decorations around the park.

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And the characters were all dressed up rabbit themed!

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You could buy mini versions instore.

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Sadly the line had closed so I couldn’t get my picture with Easter Elmo but I did get one with Bert!

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So great! :) I never really watched Sesame Street as a kid, but I do remember this guy being so awkward!

Fun times! If you get the chance to visit this Easter you should!

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After spending the night in Takayama we woke up early and joined a bus tour to Shirakawa. You can read my post on Takayama here.

Takayama to Shirakawa takes about 50 minutes and our cheery bus tour guide Yama-chan gave us a quick lesson on Shirakawa history on the way. He also have us maps and his recommendations.

The drive over was pretty scary actually, the roads were windy and snowy. We went through lots of tunnels, the longest being almost 11km!

Our first stop was the view point over Shirakawa where most of the promo pictures are taken from!

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We were really lucky with the weather it had really cleared up!

After 20mins we boarded the bus again and went to the village itself. Buses aren’t allowed in, so we had to park in a car park on the other side of the river and walk across the rope bridge!

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We visited the recommended open house – Kanda House.

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Had some free tea made from grass! Actually it was nice!

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Imagine this being the view from your front room.

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The woman who owned the house was there, sadly she only speaks Japanese, she was telling a Japanese couple all about the house. She did give us a big smile and wave out the window as we were leaving though!

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J wanted to try some local special sake called doburoku, even though it was still veryearly we went in an alcohol shop and tried it.

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It was like gone off lumpy sour alcoholic yoghurt. Lol.

The same shop also sold Hida beef croquettes, so we got one of those afterwards.

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Delicious!

After that we didn’t have much time, so headed back to the bus.

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View from the rope bridge.

Thank you for the tour Yama-chan!

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I found a lotto for MILK x Miku items in a bookstore near work.

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I had to try at least once! I won a keychain and chose this one.

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I think it matches my Milk heart bag perfectly!

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I would have loved to have won the nail stickers though! Maybe I’ll try again!

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More info here

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I went to the Osaka Art & Handmade Bazaar for the third time!

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It was very much the same as other times.

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There were a few new stalls and I bought some nice things…

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Do you know what the block of wood is?!

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I challenged J to guess, and he translated the kanji to “God wood” which is quite true. It’s jinja (shrine) wood, and is 500 years old. This block is for putting in your bath so you can enjoy a ginger wood scented bathe.

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It smells divine!

Here are some stalls I saw that caught my eye..

La Paix http://ameblo.jp/kobatonokotoba/
Artist Kaori http://ameblo.jp/kobatonokotoba/
Dekotoboko http://keshigomuhanko-ippo.com

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