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Night Blooming Flowers: How to Enjoy Sakura in the Evening!

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April 04, 2024
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NIght blooming flowers in the bright moon.

Enjoying the night blooming flowers during cherry blossom season in Japan is one of the highlights of the spring! From delicious food to fabulous events, here are the many things you can experience during this beautiful time of year! 

What kind of snacks can I enjoy while watching the night blooming flowers?

When enjoying yozakura (cherry blossoms at night), it’s the best time to enjoy yummy snacks themed around these beautiful pink flowers while looking at the cherry blossoms at night, which is remarkable in Japan. This time of year, Japan has many special snacks for the season.

A plate of hanami dango. Some people enjoy them while watching the night blooming flowers.
Hanami dango represents the color of spring! Image via Shutterstock

Try Strawberry Shortcake KitKats or Ghana chocolate if you want something super tasty! And watching cherry blossoms wouldn’t be the same without eating some delicious yakisoba noodles to mix in something savory with all the sweetness.

Don’t miss other excellent snacks like sakura karinto (fried dough), soft and sweet sakura mochi, and the pretty hanami dango rice balls. During this fun time, there are also lots of sakura-flavored jellies, buns, candies, and more in unique shops and cafes.

A bowl of stir-fried Japanese noodles.
Have you ever had yakisoba noodles before? Image via Shutterstock

So, enjoy all the special sakura snacks while walking through parks and gardens with soft lights. They’ll make your experience of looking at the cherry blossoms at night even more special. Just remember to take your time and enjoy the beautiful flowers around you.

What activities should I participate in?

First, why not take a slow ride on a rickshaw or a train through places filled with cherry trees? Imagine cruising by all those pretty trees, their branches heavy with pink flowers. You could ride a boat in a yakatabune, an excellent traditional Japanese boat. Picture floating down a river, cherry blossoms all along the banks, while you munch on Japanese snacks and maybe sip some sake if you’re with adults. It’s a chill way to see the blossoms from a new angle.

A train among the cherry trees in the countryside.
Some train lines have scenic sakura routes! Image via Shutterstock

You can also always enjoy hanami, the fun tradition of picnicking under the cherry blossom trees, with your family and friends. Just lay out a blanket, bring yummy food, and enjoy hanging out under the beautiful flowers and Japanese lanterns. It’s a great way to make memories with your loved ones, especially if you get a chance to visit the stone-splitting sakura tree in Morioka!

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Are there any anime characters with the name “Sakura”?

The name “Sakura” is trendy in anime, and you’ve probably heard it a lot if you watch these shows. Two of the most famous characters with this name are Sakura Kinomoto from Cardcaptor Sakura and Sakura Haruno from Naruto.

Sakura Kinomoto with Kero chan in a tropical paradise.
Sakura Kinomoto is one of the most famous anime characters of all time. Image via Wallhere

Sakura Kinomoto is the main character in “Cardcaptor Sakura.” She’s super positive and kind, and her story has much to do with cherry blossoms. Her look and personality are all about the beauty and grace you’d think of in traditional Japanese culture. She’s one of the top magical girl characters ever.

Then there’s Sakura Haruno from Naruto. She starts off not too strong but grows to become a fantastic medical ninja. She’s caring and supports her teammate, Sasuke, no matter what. Her journey is a big part of what makes Naruto so good, and people love her character.

Sakurai Shinnichi from "Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai".
Sakurai is a quiet guy who enjoys video games. mage via Moesuck

But these two are just the beginning. There are lots more characters named Sakura, like Sakuragi Hanamichi from Slam Dunk and Sakurai Shinichi from Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai! The name “Sakura” becomes a go-to for many solid and exciting characters in anime.

Having so many characters named “Sakura” shows how essential cherry blossoms are in Japanese culture. Each character has their unique story and personality, and they’ve all significantly impacted anime fans everywhere.

Why should I enjoy the night blooming flowers?

Seeing the cherry blossoms at night lets you see them differently. The bright daylight doesn’t hide their shapes and shadows, so you can notice how beautiful the trees look with their curvy branches. Plus, fewer people are usually around, so you can soak in the moment, listening to the leaves move and feeling the cool night air.

NIght blooming flowers in the city.
How do you plan to view the night blooming flowers? Image via Shutterstock

While lots of people love to see the cherry blossoms during the day, checking them out at night is something you shouldn’t miss. The beautiful lights, the quiet, and the chance to connect with the cherry blossoms make it an experience you’ll never forget. Have you ever enjoyed cherry blossoms at night before? Let us know in the comments below!

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