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14 Sakura Food & Items: From Major Topics of 2016 to the Classics

There are a lot of sakura-related items in Japan and every year several new items hit stores. How many do you recognize from this list?


Major Topics of 2016

1. Starbucks: Sakura Blossom & Strawberry Latte

The sakura latte had toppings that looked like heaps of sakura petals. It was offered only for one month.


The aroma of sakura and a pretty pink Pepsi.

3. Muji: Sakura Marshmallows

Mildly sweet Hokkaido-made anko (sweet red bean paste) inside a fluffy marshmallow. 1 pack sells for 250 yen.

4. Potato Chips: Sakura Butter

Along with other special Japan-only potato chips like seaweed and salt or wasabi are these newly added sakura-flavored chips.

Related: 15 + More, Wasabi Flavored Snacks from Japan

5. NIKE Cherry Blossom Collection

These new shoes from Nike have created quite a stir. The blooming sakura are colorful and very stylish.

6. Sakura Beer


Sakura-flavored beer. It’s actually made using real sakura petals.

7. Baskin Robbins: Sakura-flavored Ice Cream

Baskin Robbins first sold sakura-flavored ice cream in 1992. It didn’t come back for 24 years and then had a suddenly massive revival in 2016.

8. Sakura Taiyaki


This is a famous snkack for hanami (flower viewing) at the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival in Nagano Prefecture. These pink-colored taiyaki (fish-shaped pancake filled with sweet red bean paste) are popular with the locals but they’ve been slowly spreading across the country this year.


Items from the Past & Staples

9. Sakura Somen Noodles


Delicious somen noodles faintly sakura-scented from the sakura leaves kneaded in the noodles.

10. McDonald’s: McFizz Sakura Cherry


This McDonald’s sakura treat is an annual custom. The carbonated water and ice cream go well with the sakura flavoring.

11. Sakura Onigiri


Even onigiri have sakura in Japan. The sakura petals and leaves are pickled, then used as garnish.

12. Sakura Chirashi-zushi


And they’re in sushi! There’s one type of sushi called “chirashi-zushi” (sushi rice in a box sprinkled with a variety of toppings) but when you have sakura-pink toppings and make the vinegared rice from sakura vinegar, you get the perfect sakura chirashi-zushi.  It feels like spring has stopped by.

13. Haagen Dazs: Sakura-flavored


From everyone’s beloved Haagen Dazs. This flavor’s available only in Japan.

14. Sakura Mochi


This is a type of Japanese sweet where mochi is wrapped with sakura leaf. The flavor and aroma is transferred from the leaf to the mochi. You can really taste the sakura flavor with this traditional Japanese springtime food.


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