Citizen (Japan) releases special watch in time for Japan’s hanami cherry blossom festival

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RocketNews 24 (by Oona McGee):

Now you can enjoy hanami cherry blossom views at any time of day.

Japanese company Citizen has just released a special watch ahead of the country’s springtime hanami cherry blossom viewing period. Aimed at the female market, the limited-edition timepiece features a pretty pink face, along with an image of falling blossoms and a sakura-shaped cut-out design to show off the mechanical movement within.

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Swarovski crystal embellishments can be seen on both the front and the underside of the watch, and to offer some extra versatility, the timepiece comes with a pink leather band so you can change the look to suit any outfit or occasion. Whether you plan to keep the pretty sakura watch for yourself or give it as a gift, the timepiece comes in a gorgeous box, decorated with pink blossoms.

Like the pretty blooms themselves, these wristwatches won’t be around for long as only 1,500 of them are being produced. Priced at 52,000 yen (US$455.65) plus tax, they can be ordered from Citizen stockists around the country.

Pepsi to release a “Sakura” flavor in Japan

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Pepsi is set to release a new “Sakura” (Japanese word for Cherry Blossom) flavor in Japan at the start of next month. This limited edition offering will hit the market just in time for “Hanami,” which refers to the traditional custom of cherry blossom viewing around the country.

According to NicoNico News the drink has a light pink color and smells of “sweet sakura.”

Fukuoka’s Kawachi Fuji Gardens features beautiful “wisteria tunnels”

 

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Anyone who has visited Japan during hanami (cherry blossom viewing) season will definitely agree –  they’ve got some really gorgeous flowers over there. But Japan’s not all sakura, you know! In fact, there’s a veritable cornucopia of beautiful blooms to appreciate at different times of the year. If you’re too impatient for the springtime sakura, you can get a head start by checking out the plum blossoms that start to peek out during the tail-end of winter. And if you’re still not satisfied after feasting your eyes on the sakura itself (or feasting on snacks during hanami, as the case may be), why not plan a summer visit to the “Wisteria Tunnel” located in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture?

The Kawachi Fuji Gardens is host to a tunnel of wisteria plants which form a dazzling canopy underneath which visitors can wander at their leisure. Wisteria, known as fuji in Japanese (not the same fuji as in Mount Fuji, however) is formed of many vines which intertwine themselves around any available means of support. Look closely and you can spot the framework which forms the skeleton of the tunnel. It’s a perfect example of nature and man-made construction combining to create a super-pretty tourist attraction that’s helping to put the city of Kitakyushu on the tourist map.

 

▼The fallen petals provide a soft carpet to stroll upon

 

If you’re interested in checking out the Wisteria Tunnel during your next visit to Fukuoka, we hear that May is the best time to catch the blossoms in full bloom. Don’t forget to bring your camera!