When the cherry blossom (also known as sakura) is your country’s unofficial national flower, you celebrate it when its in full bloom, which is right about…now. And because Japan is the master of novelty foods, they celebrate with gorgeous desserts. Even Haagen-Dazs makes a sakura flavored ice cream, so you know it’s a legit thing.
Many cherry blossom trees bloom for just a few days, making it a very special occasion. It’s not unusual for the Japanese to create viewing parties around the spectacle, which often include special treats (what good is a stunning dessert if you can’t pose with it in front of an equally attractive backdrop?). From kakigōri (shaved ice) to mochi, here are 13 cherry blossom desserts that are as eye-catching as their namesake ingredient.
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