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Give peach a chance! At least on the Girls Day

Make no mistake, cherry blossoms are not the only flowers to anticipate in spring in Japan. There are also plum, apricot, and peach blossoms, as well as Japanese quince. Have you ever seen a blooming peach tree? Me neither. At least I’m not aware of the fact. Actually, even if I see it, I probably won’t be able to tell. Because almost nobody pays much attention to the peach blossoms. Isn’t it a little unfair that cherry blossoms, also known as sakura, outshine other spring flowers that abundantly appear on the trees and in the gardens? Is it that unique? Let’s leave the speculations to professionals, and enjoy Momo no Sekku (桃の節句), another name of Hina Matsuri which literally means “Peach Festival”.Peach sweetsAs a traditional Japanese Hina Matsuri song says, let’s set “momo no hana”!Peach sweetsSure enough, both kinds of blossoms are set on the platforms of Hina Dolls exhibition on March 3, the Girl’s Day. But isn’t it just right that on this day we should buy some peach flavored drinks and peach-shaped Japanese foods?Peach chuhaiJust to make things even between the popular sakura and less popular peach blossoms. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the sakura, sakura flavored and sakura petal-shaped goods.

We found these at our local supermarket yesterday!Peach shaped food

Article by Olga Kaneda

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