I’m darn lucky, I’ve been to Japan four times, all for work. So I shouldn’t complain that I’ve never been there at cherry blossom time. But when the blossom comes out here each year it makes me think that one year I should be there in time to see it and join in a picnic or two.
I’d even get (back) into drinking sake. I think that it’s a bit like retsina, tasted great whilst I was there and never seemed to travel well. Though maybe not opening the bottle for two years didn’t help. I certainly never had a sparkling sake, which sounds rather nice, described as mellow and sweet and perfect for refined relaxing. Or according to the Japan Centre website I need sake by Gekkeikan, who supplied the Imperial household.
If you’re going to go down this drinking route, then you need a lovely sake drinking set. I really loved the whole ceremoney of drinking sake (including never pouring your own drink) so definitely think I would want to invest in something like this one from the Sous Chef site. Not a website I’d come across before but you could also stock up on key ingredients for recreating great Japanese dishes.
So another year passes without seeing the cherry blossom in Japan, but at least I have my very own beautiful blossom to enjoy. With the weather of the last few days then it’s been blissful to enjoy it even with just a cup of regular tea to admire it with.