Surrounded by beautiful cherry blossoms and warmer weather, spring in Japan is a time where you get to see people having picnics and enjoying the flowers. It is a great time to also go shopping for the many goods and foods that are only available at this time of year.
Although a variety of Japanese confectionary can be found in Malaysia, in Japan you can find many ‘limited edition’ items made with the flavour of the season. The season for the popular Japanese Matcha (green tea) flavour is from April to June and during this time there is a huge variety of Matcha flavoured treats for sale in supermarkets, convenience stores, department stores and specialist sweet shops. Also available for a limited time, between March and May, are the strawberries. There are a number of different species of strawberry, depending on the area where they are grown, and many different ‘brands’ of strawberry have now been established. Sweets created with these famous brands are a special treat.
Cherry blossoms are not just for looking at. Flavours extracted from the flowers and leaves are used in sweets available at this time of year. Sweets with the scent of cherry blossoms and a sweet and slightly salty taste make a great souvenir. In order to best enjoy picnicking under the cherry blossoms, a variety of cute character and Japanese style lunch boxes and picnic blankets are also available to buy.