Spring has sprung! 

Visiting Japan was a dream I never want to wake up from. During the two week trip I traveled between 8 cities to witness the amazing event known as Sakura. I ate a lot of sushi and Japanese candy along the way. Each city was blossoming at different stages (baby buds, awesome blossoms) but with no shortage of hundreds (of thousands) of people everywhere. Because of the late spring we all may have felt, TRACKING SAKURA made headline on the front page of the newspaper everyday as the blossom forecast was on everyone's mind.  It really is a big deal!

 I now know why the masses flock to Japan during these magical months. Sitting under a blossoming cherry tree and simply celebrating its flowering beauty-  known as hanami in Japanese- is pretty hard to top. Basically it's a (boozy) picnic party in the park that everyone attends. My mini hanami (I had a lot to do! Not a lot of time!) included an Asahi beer and a Japanese hot dog in Ueno Park, a popular spot for blossoms. Really fun!!

 Walking through the endless cherry blossoms in Tokyo, having a tea ceremony with a real life geisha in Kyoto, and eating (and eating and eating) Kobe beef in Kobe will keep Japan in my heart forever. And also permanently change my ability to enjoy beef anywhere else.  Le sigh but onward, spring!  

Where will you view cherry blossoms this season?  #itsplantporn



Sushi Taku, Tokyo

Narisawa, Tokyo

Piss Alley, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Nakamura, Kyoto


The Iron Fairies, Ginza District, Tokyo

Finlandia Bar, Gion District, Kyoto

Bar K, Osaka


Robot Restaurant, Tokyo

Owl Cafe, Harajuku, Tokyo

Bamboo Forest, Arashiyama, Kyoto

Cup of Noodles Museum, Yokohama, Osaka

Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima Island

Shukkei-en Park, Hiroshima


Images by Imane Fiocchi taken in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Hiroshima, and Miyajima Island, Japan.