Sakura – The Cherry Bitch

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I was thinking of avoiding a Sakura post as the internet is full of them. But I thought at least I should share my personal experience with this tree. Especially as some interesting trivia came up during this time.


After a long night at a pub [ working !! ] I made it to Shinjuku Goen the next morning.
Octoberfest-feeling 200% (but kinda more organized than the original from munich)
Hordes of people wandering to the park, and oh !? what is that?! Even the park had those IC-Card Scanners which you usually find in subwaystations (our only luck that day was the weather – quite rainy so not as crowded as during 6pm rush-hour-limited-sale kinda thing)

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We all know japanese people go with the flow of nature…and they defenitely know how to commercialize every season (We even had Sakura BEER at our pub)  Anyway I feel it`s all a bit superficial and my impression of japanese people is that they try hard to get along with alcohol, but it doesnt “suit” them. When I see japanese people drinking alcohol it always makes me feel like in a wrong movie. Like an Angel who has piercings or my grandmother with blue hair.  [Talking about blue, oh god, who the hell decided that those “sakura-viewing-sit-down-mats” have to be bright BLUE!! It destroys all the beautiful scenery and…well...]

…..back to Sakura. To answer the one and only big question of foreigners:

“There are millions of Sakura but no Cherry !? What happened?”

  • First: Yes, Sakura commercialization goes hand in hand with using the blossoms to create flavor, colour and decoration for any kind of products (see the starbucks cake)
  • Second: It`s a kind of cherry which mostly doesnt produce any fruit.…a cherry bitch if you want. So you get totaly turned on and take pictures, soak it up and after 2 weeks it`s over, and you go home like *duh~~*

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[Sidenote: Cherrys are actually the diamonds of fruits in Japan totally rare and expensive!! You can go and pick some in Yamanashi prefecture if you want 😉 ]

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