3 Must-Visit Cherry Blossoms Spots in Nagasaki Prefecture’s Hirado City | Spring 2020
27.March.2020 | SPOT
Spring has arrived in the city of Hirado, Nagasaki, which has been dyed a cherry blossom pink colour from the blossoming of the cherry trees. A simple glance at the signs of spring there is enough to have one feeling elated. It has also made the news that the budding of the cherry blossoms in Hirado has arrived earlier than usual.
We’ve made a list of 3 popular spots to enjoy Hanami in Hirado this spring.
Jigenzakura is a single sakura tree that stands proud and majestic. Aged 140 years old, the tree is listed as a National Treasure of Hirado. It’s close to the Oshima variety of cherry tree, and was planted by Catholics who migrated to Japan at the beginning of the Meiji Period. A visit to Jigenzakura offers a splendid sight to behold as it blossoms in the ravine. The best time to see it in full bloom last year was March 31.
Address: Kigatsucho, Hirado, Nagasaki (35-minutes from Hirado Bridge)
Nagasaki Tabi Net: https://www.nagasaki-tabinet.com/guide/51690/
Kameoka Shrine / Kameoka Park
Kameoka Park is a famous cherry blossom site that’s adjacent to Hirado Castle. It’s home to around 1,000 sakura trees, which are best seen from the end of March to early April. It also has a very rare type of cherry blossom called the nidozaki-zakura which blooms twice. You can see these around mid-April at Kameoka Park.
Address: 1458 Iwanouechō, Hirado, Nagasaki (7-minutes from Hirado Bridge)
Nagasaki Tabi Net: https://www.nagasaki-tabinet.com/guide/370/
Tabira Park is just over Hirado Bridge, and is a place where you can look out at both Hirado Bridge and Hirado Seto while gazing at the rows of cherry trees.
Address: 823-1 Tabirachō Kotedamen, Hirado, Nagasaki (Next to Hirado Bridge)
Official Website: http://nagasaki-park.or.jp/free/tabira
Hirado is easy to get to, and is a must-visit not just for Hanami, but for the food and its rich history too.
Job Live, who run the Unpopulated Island Project, opened bookings for the next location of their Survival Plan last month which places people on Tsumaga Island – an island home to not a single human being. This is the second island to make the project following Jino Island in Wakayama Prefecture.
Tsumaga Island is enveloped by the gorgeous blue ocean
The pier where guests are dropped off at Tsumaga Island
Shota Gima is challenging people to 30 days survival as part of the project
The island is only accessible via charter boat
You’ll have to catch and prepare your own food
There are traces of people who used to live here
There’s also a private beach available to one group per day
Tsumaga Island is part of the city of Iki in Nagasaki and can be reached in as little as 5-minutes from Indoji Port. It was formerly used for rice cultivation and people lived there peacefully, but in 2002, its final permanent resident left the island. The island is in a region where the Sea of Japan and Tsushima Current meet. The area is rich with sea life, home to many species of fish and abundant with plankton. It has long been known as something of a holy grounds for fishing amongst Japanese fishers. Campers on the island will catch and prepare their very own fresh fish.
30 Days Survival on a Deserted Island
The 30-day survival camping plan hopes to revitalise the city of Iki by using its unpopulated island. Shota Gima, a man from Okinawa, desired to be a part of this project and decided to move to Iki Island. He too is currently on a mission to survive on the island for 30 days and has been since May 13. He hopes to make it until June 30, and hopes that his efforts will spark people’s interest in getting involved.
Campers will arrive on the island and will need to prepare their own food, use bamboo to cook rice, and everything else that goes into surviving on an unmanned island. You can check Shota’s progress on the official Tsumaga Island social media pages below.
Capacity: 1 group per area
Where: Tsumaga Island
Tsumaga Island Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/tsumagashima (@tsumagashima)
Tsumaga Island Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tsumagashima_iki (@tsumagashima_iki)
Tsumaga Island Official Website: https://tsumagashima.mujinto.jp
Sakura Miku Blossoms On Merchandise at Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri 2021 in Aomori
Japanese anime, game, and hobby merch site CharaAni released a new collection of Sakura Miku merchandise on Monday in collaboration with the Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri 2021 festival.
Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri 2021 x Sakura Miku Line-Up
Folders | ¥450 Each (Tax Included)
Tapestries | ¥3,500 Each (Tax Included)
Acrylic Stands | ¥1,500 Each (Tax Included)
Holographic Pins | ¥550 Each (Tax Included) *Blind box, designs are random
Reversible Blankets | ¥5,500 Each (Tax Included)
Scarf Towel (Art by iXima) | ¥2,000 (Tax Included)
Happi (Art by iXima) | ¥6,000 (Tax Included)
Hand Towel (Art by Mamo) | ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
Motel Key Ring (Art by iXima) | ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
Teacups | ¥1,700 Each (Tax Included)
Flat Pouch (Art by iXima & Mamo) | ¥2,500 (Tax Included)
Drum Bag (Art by iXima) | ¥6,500 (Tax Included)
Full Graphic T-Shirt (Art by Morichika) | ¥5,500 (Tax Included)
Full Graphic Zipper Hoodie (Art by Hechima) | ¥9,900 (Tax Included)
Fashion Mask (Art by iXima) | ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Desk Mat (Art by iXima) | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Shitakawa Rayaki Dove Whistle | ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Music Box: “Haru o Matsu Hito” – PolyphonicBranch feat. Hatsune Miku
The Sakura Miku x Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri 2021 collection invites on board four artists: iXima, Mamo, Hechima, and Morichika who have created original artwork for the line-up. The items can be bought both at the festival and online.
The collection also includes Sakura Miku-inspired dove whistles made by Shitakawa Rayaki Tsuchi Ningyo, a clay doll company that has been around for over 200 years. The company began in the latter half of the Edo Period when Takaya Kanegura, who had learned how to make ceramics in the town of Chikuzen in Fukuoka, was employed by the Hirosaki Domain to build a furnace.
Miku fans can also get their hands on a music box which features an original song created for the festival called Haru o Matsu Hito (“Person Waiting For Spring”). It features artwork by iXima.
Art by iXima / Mamo / へちま / もりちか © Crypton Future Media, INC. www.piapro.net
Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri 2021 Merchandise
Order Window: May 10, 2021 – May 31, 2021
Event Details: https://www.hirosakipark.jp/sakura/
Music Box – “Haru o Matsu Hito”
Price: ¥10,000 (Tax Included)
Order Window: Late August 2021 – Early September 2021
Song: “Haru o Matsu Hito” by PolyphonicBranch feat. Hatsune Miku
Stay at Nagasaki’s Hirado Castle as it Opens as a Hotel Site
09.April.2021 | SPOT
Hirado Castle in Nagasaki comes as the first castle in Japan to open as a permanent accommodation site. The service launched on April 1, 2021, at the ancient castle, which was listed as one of the 100 Fine Castles of Japan by the Japan Castle Foundation in 2006.
The Guest Rooms
A breathtaking art piece by Takahide Komatsu decorates the living and dining room
A jewel-inspired design in the living and dining room
Takahide Komatsu’s cherry blossom wall art blooms up the stairs leading to the guest rooms
Hirado Castle was built in 1559 by Matsura Shigenobu, a lord of the Hirado Clan. However, Matsura burned down the castle in 1613 to show his loyalty to the Tokugawa shogunate. The castle was rebuilt in 1718. Its gorgeous decor and incredible surrounding natural environment draw tourists and sightseers every year.
Guests at Hirado Castle will stay on the second floor which was rebuilt in 1977 after being formerly used as a storehouse. The decor is a fusion of the traditional and the modern, expressing not only the Japanese aesthetic but embodying Hirado. With this castle stay, guests can enjoy the cuisine of Hirado, get in touch with the local nature with spots like Hirado Bridge and Hirado Island, enjoy traditional music at the tea ceremony, and much more.
Hirado Castle – Castle Stay
Capacity: One group of up to 5 people
Address: 1446 Iwanouecho, Hirado, Nagasaki 859-5121
Official Website: https://www.castlestay.jp/en/
Experience an Indoor Hanami Cherry Blossom Flower Viewing at Ofuro Cafe Bijinyu
28.March.2021 | SPOT
Ofuro Cafe Bijinyu is now hosting its “Air Hanami” event where customers can enjoy a safe and socially-distanced Hanami flower viewing experience this spring.
Ofuro Cafe is a relaxing space that feels like you’ve been invited to a friend’s house. You can enjoy coffee, magazines, the massage chair, rent a PC, and more, all for free.
In the middle of the cafe is a 3-meter tall cherry blossom tree to recreate that Japanese springtime feel. There are also some cherry blossom-themed souvenirs available for purchase.
With social gatherings and outdoor picnics being restricted in Japan for this year’s Hanami season, Ofuro Cafe offers a space where people can do it safely. They can chat, read a book, play board games, and more beside the cherry tree for a tranquil flower-viewing experience.
Ofuro Cafe Bijinyu
Address: 15-15 Kagoue, Aoi Ward, Shizuoka
Ofuro Cafe Bijinyu Official Website: https://ofurocafe-bijinyu.com/
Cherry Blossom Chocolate and Soda Releases From MAISON CACAO
27.March.2021 | FOOD
Japanese aromatic raw chocolate brand MAISON CACAO is launching a new Kamakura-based brand called Shiki to Maison (“Four Seasons & Maison”) which will feature chocolates that capture the events and culture found throughout the four seasons in Japan.
The first entries to the series are cherry blossom chocolates which are available from March 26 to April 4, as well as cherry blossom drink which can be enjoyed on March 27 and 28.
Aroma Raw Chocolate SAKURA ¥2,200 / Cacao Vinegar Soda SAKURA ¥550 (Before Tax)
Aroma Raw Chocolate SAKURA
Indulge in a box of these luxury cherry blossom chocolates which are made with 100% cacao powder which have a refreshing white chocolate aftertaste. The chocolates are made with cherry blossom as well as a fresh cream laced with salt-pickled cherry blossom. They also include a paste made from liquid drawn from cherry blossom petals. It’s a taste of Japanese spring with every bite.
Cacao Vinegar Soda SAKURA
This springtime beverage includes a cacao vinegar made from cacao pulp and is coupled with fragrant cherry blossom. This one is available at the Komachi and Cacao Hanare branches as well as at CHOCOLATE BANK.
Shiki to Maison Sakura Sweets
Japanese Product Name: 四季とメゾン 桜スイーツ
Serving: March 26, 2021 – April 4, 2021
MAISON CACAO Official Website: https://onlineshop.maisoncacao.com/
Japanese Springtime Flowers Bloom a Delicious Menu at TREE by NAKED Yoyogi Park
Spring has arrived at TREE by NAKED Yoyogi Park, a cafe run by NAKED that’s located in Yoyogi Park in Shibuya, Tokyo. On Monday, the cafe launched a seasonal menu which incorporates a variety of spring flowers like cherry blossoms, showy’s baby breath from Kumamoto, keiou-zakura from Yamagata, and more.
TREE by NAKED Yoyogi Park first opened in July 2017. It’s an experience-based art restaurant where customers can enjoy Japan’s latest cutting edge technology and next-generation gastronomy. Its popularity has risen rapidly, earning itself a reputation for offering an experience that stimulates all five of the senses, as well as for its photogenic interior decor.
With the pandemic restricting travel in Japan, people are unable to visit places far away across the country, and so the cafe is bringing a little bit of different places around Japan, namely their flowers, in collaboration with JA Kumamoto Uki and JA Yamagata.
Kumamoto is the only place in Japan that grows show’s baby breath. They are raised with the prefecture’s rich water and soil to blossom beautiful white and pink. These flowers can not only be enjoyed at TREE by NAKED Yoyogi Park as decorations, but customers can actually buy a bouquet of them too. Thanks to the skills of producers, the flowers can be grown out of season over a long period running from December to April, allowing people to enjoy their gorgeous springtime hues even if it’s not spring.
Açaí Lemonade – Eat In ¥825 / Takeout ¥810
Cherry Blossom & Strawberry Nicecream – Eat In ¥770 / Takeout ¥756
“Power & Healthly” are the concepts for the lunch and cafe-time menu which includes both food and drink. The cafe’s popular homemade açaí lemonade has been turned into a springtime version with fresh cherry blossom petals. There’s also a vegan-friendly ice cream made with banana, avocado, soy milk, and a blend of strawberry and cherry blossom. It has a slight salt tang to it.
Vegan Cherry Blossom Latte – Eat In ¥770 / Takeout ¥756
Vegan Avocado & Sprout Sandwich – Eat In ¥1,100 / Takeout ¥1,080
The cafe’s popular cherry blossom latte from last year returns with a soy milk base. There’s also sandwiches, including a vegan one fried in coconut oil.
Strawberry Mille-Feuille – Eat In ¥1,650
The cafe’s strawberry mille-feuille is so popular that they have to make a limited batch each day. It’s even been featured on Instagram. With the strawberry season here, customers can enjoy fresh whole strawberries topping their dessert.
The cafe will also be running an evening cafe and bar experience with a range of desserts, food, and alcohol.
Released: March 15, 2021
Where: TREE by NAKED Yoyogi Park
Address: 1-10-2 Tomigaya, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00 (EVENING CAFÉ & BAR TIME from 16:00) *Last orders at 19:00
TREE by NAKED Yoyogi Park Official Website: https://tree.naked.works/yoyogi/
Snoopy Cherry Blossom Marshmallow Latte and Lemonade Serve Up at PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro This Spring
PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro is now serving up two new cherry blossom beverages for the spring season: the Sakura Lemonade and Sakura Charred Marshmallow Latte, both of which are now available to order until April 11.
Sakura Charred Marshmallow Latte ¥700 (Before Tax) / Sakura Lemonade ¥650 (Before Tax)
PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro serves limited-time drinks every cherry blossom season in Japan, and this year is no different. Both beverages capture the cute pink tones of the country’s national flower which invite feelings of springtime walks and Hanami flower viewing.
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PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro Spring 2021 Drinks
Serving: March 20, 2021 – April 11, 2021
Address: PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro, 2-16-8 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: http://www.peanutscafe.jp/
Kirby Café Begins Serving its Spring Picnic Themed Menu
The Kirby Café branches in Tokyo and Hakata rolled out their Spring 2021 menu on Friday which is set to run until June 6. Themed on a springtime picnic, the line-up includes three items: six siz different temari-zushi servings, cherry blossom mochi, and a cherry blossom latte, all inspired by the Kirby video game series.
Cherry Blossom Temari-zushi: Eat In ¥2,178 / Takeout ¥2,138
A serving of six sushi rolls perfect for a spring picnic. Each roll features designs that will be instantly-recognisable to Kirby fans.
Souvenir – Lunchbox (4 Designs)
Kirby’s Spring Search | ¥1,078 (Tax Included)
Kirby is playing hide and seek under the cherry blossom tree in this cute dish which is adorned with shiny coloured candy.
Cherry Blossom Latte | ¥968 (Tax Included)
A light pink-coloured cherry blossom latte with a touch of salt. Mix everything together for a tasty sipping experience.
Kirby’s Spring Picnic Fair Menu
Japanese Menu Name: 春のまんまるピクニック フェア
Running: March 19, 2021 – June 6, 2021
Where: Kirby Café TOKYO / Kirby Café HAKATA
Table Reservations: Book at the links below
・Kirby Café TOKYO https://kirbycafe-reserve.com/guest/tokyo/
・Kirby Café HAKATA https://kirbycafe-reserve.com/guest/hakata/
Kirby Café Official Website: https://kirbycafe.jp
Cherry Blossom Loungewear Collection by gelato pique Arrives in Time For Spring
18.March.2021 | FASHION
Japanese luxury loungewear brand gelato pique is readying itself for spring with its new pink cherry blossom-inspired ‘SAKURA COLLECTION,’ set to release at gelato pique stores and its online store on March 19.
‘Smoothie Light’ Scallop Cardigan ¥6,820 (Tax Included) / ‘Smoothie Light’ Scallop Long Cardigan ¥7,480 (Tax Included)’
The ‘Smoothie’ cardigans are made of light material that’s smooth to the touch and come in cute designs.
Petal Motif Satin Shirt ¥6,820 (Tax Included) / Petal Motif Satin Short Pants ¥4,620 (Tax Included)
Pink satin loungewear adorned with gorgeous petals.
Tiered Dress ¥8,140 (Tax Included)
An airy cotton dress with a beautiful feminine silhouette.
Organdy Eco Bag ¥2,640 (Tax Included) / Mask Pouch ¥2,420 (Tax Included) / Mesh Mini Pouch ¥2,640 (Tax Included) / Mesh Pouch ¥2,640 (Tax Included) / Mesh Vanity Pouch ¥3,520 (Tax Included)
Sort your cosmetics and bits ‘n’ bobs with this heart-filled collection of pouches, and store your face mask away safely with the mask pouch.
Hair Mist ¥1,870 (Tax Included) / Hand Soap ¥1,034 (Tax Included)
gelato pique’s popular hair mist and hand soap arrive in spring season limited-edition packaging.
Nenrinya to Appear at SOGO Hiroshima’s Baumkuchen Exhibition
Famous Japanese baumkuchen confectionery brand Nenrinya is set to appear at the upcoming baumkuchen exhibition that will take place at SOGO Hiroshima from March 18 to 23.
Nenrinya is a Ginza-based baumkuchen brand known for its iconic white noren entry curtain. Its high quality cakes are loved by the people of Tokyo, and now, the people of Hiroshima will get to tuck into their delights. The brand are serving their signature Mount Baum Firm Sprout, Straight Baum Soft Sprout, and their famous spring season Cherry Blossom Country Mount Baum.
Mount Baum Firm Sprout – Single Bag ¥756 / Whole ¥1,080
Nenrinya’s Mount Baum Firm Sprout is a butter-filled delight that’s crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. This cake is baked over a long period of time to elevate its delicious flavour.
Straight Baum Soft Sprout – ¥1,080
This softer version has been described as a ‘castella-like baumkuchen.’ It’s a juicy cake made with lots of eggs.
Cherry Blossom Country Mount Baum – Slice ¥756
Each and every layer of this cherry blossom flavoured baumkuchen is carefully cooked to perfection. Its fragrance and colour is reminiscent of the Japanese cherry blossoms season and Hanami.
Running: March 18, 2021 – March 23, 2021
Where: SOGO Hiroshima Floor 9F
Nenrinya Official Website: https://www.nenrinya.jp/
Enjoy Japanese Cherry Blossoms From Your Home With teamLab’s ‘Sakura Bombing Home’
16.March.2021 | FASHION
Japanese art collective teamLab launched their new Sakura Bombing Home experience on March 10 which lets people enjoy Japanese cherry blossoms from the comfort of their own home using digital devices. The service is running until April 30, 2021.
Sakura Bombing Home
How to Participate
Firstly, download drawing paper at teamLab’s official website. There are numerous cherry blossom designs to choose from and colour in either on your smartphone or by printing and colouring by hand.
Next, upload your completed cherry blossom illustration.
Your submitted cherry blossom art and other people’s from around the world will be compiled into a single art piece to be showcased on YouTube Live.
Finally, you can download your flower art after submission. This is a great opportunity to enjoy Japanese cherry blossom without being in Japan, as well as to stay safe during the spring season if you are in Japan.
teamLab is represented by Pace Gallery, Martin Browne Contemporary and Ikkan Art International.
Mister Donut Japan Releases Limited-Edition Cherry Blossom and Matcha Doughnuts
15.March.2021 | FOOD
Mister Donut Japan released a tasty collection of limited-edition doughnuts in collaboration with Japan’s famous tea shop Gion Tsujiri on Friday (March 12).
Sakura Mochi Doughnut With Cherry Blossom Bean Paste
Sakura Mochi Doughnut With Uji Matcha Chocolate
Sakura Mochi Doughnut With Uji Matcha Whipped Cream
Warabimochi With Cherry Blossom Bean Paste & Uji Matcha Whipped Cream
Warabimochi With Uji Matcha Whipped Cream
The doughnuts are a springtime mix and match of cherry blossom and matcha, the latter of which comes from Gion Tsujiri who have chosen the first picks of Uji matcha leaves for the collaboration. Pick between classic doughnuts as well as warabimochi-style ones glazed with lots of sweet treats.
misdo meets Gion Tsujiri – 1st Doughnut Collection: Blossoming Matcha
Serving: March 12, 2021 – Mid April 2021
Official Website: https://www.misterdonut.jp