The Japanese cherry blossom, known as the Sakura in Japanese, is the flower of a cherry tree that is cultivated for its decorative features rather than for cherries (it doesn’t bear fruit). The overwhelming beauty of the cherry blossom bloom has been known and adored for ages. The blooming period is associated with Japanese traditions, culture, aesthetics, and is a bittersweet metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life itself.
The blooming cherry blossoms herald the beginning of the centuries-old Hanami festival – the traditional Japanese custom of picnicking under trees rich with flowering Sakura branches and enjoying this short but striking first breath of spring. The blossoming wave usually starts in Okinawa in January or February and progresses through all of Japan until April or May. The cherry blossom front (Sakura zensen) can be conveniently tracked every year using this calendar.
Photo by Tomatsu_neo30
These are called Toronama Donuts. They aren’t your typical doughnuts which are fried, cooked or baked. They are frozen and made from various glazed toppings, sweet pastes, sauces, fruits, dessert creams, and the like, formed into the iconic and popular doughnut ring shape.
They are said to have a melt-in-your-mouth and creamy texture that makes people go wild and be willing to line up for hours in front of the shop just to buy them.
The shop that sells these is located in Nagoya City in Japan and is called, Love Sweets Antique. It is owned and run by Heart Bread Antique, a bakery chain in Aichi Prefecture.
Beautiful Japan 日本の美しい風景
And in the tradition of taking two badass skills and combining them, we have Japanese horseback archery. GOD this is so cool
The Blue Pond in Hokkaido Changes Colors Depending on the Weather
“The Most Beautiful Pond In The World!”
According to the photographer Ken Shiraishi, who made a pilgrimage up to Northern Japan last month to take these shots, the water contains a high degree of aluminum hydroxide, which reflects blue light – a phenomenon responsible for our lovely blue skies. Shiraishi spent several days up there photographing the pond in various light.
2035. The Blue Pond. Can’t believe this is real. Looks like a painting!