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How Did Cherry Blossom Viewing Start in Japan?

We asked hanami revelers if they knew the origins of cherry blossom viewing.

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5 Things to Do in Japan This Spring (That Don’t Involve Hanami)

If you want to tone down the sakura celebrations this year, here are five alternatives to squatting in the cold on a blue tarp.

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2018 Cherry Blossoms Are Early but You Can Still Do Last-Minute Hanami in Japan

Because of the blossoms’ limited time, so are the parties that come with them. Tokyo may be tapped out, but there are still plenty of spots left.

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Hanami Drinks For Spring

Spring is here and it's time to enjoy the warmer weather with a cool spring drink!

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The Delight of Plum Blossoms

It's time to go out and enjoy the variety of colors that have popped out!

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Plum Blossoms at Bairin Park in Gifu

The Bairin Plum Festival (Ume Matsuri) is a famous plum blossom festival held at the park in March every year. The festival features live musical performances and lots of food vendors selling all kinds of tasty Japanese festival food.

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Unmasking Meds: Allergies in Japan

Spring in Japan means allergies. Here's a quick look at some of the common allergy medication that is available either by prescription or over the counter.

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The Sweet Flavors of Spring in Japan

Spring in Japan means sakura blossoms and sakura flavoured snacks from many western brands such as Starbucks and McDonald's.

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