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5 Signs That Cherry Blossom Season Is Here (& Japan Wants You To Know It)

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Suzana  •  Feb 19, 2016

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It's the middle of February and you find yourself dreaming of a trip. A trip to Japan or Korea in Spring to be specific, where everything is covered in a blanket of gorgeous pale pink petals.
Credit: giphy Don't worry, you're not alone. We've been bombarded with signs that cherry blossom season is just around the corner, making us want to book that trip right away! So how exactly do you know that cherry blossom season is about to begin...

1. You start discovering all sorts of cherry blossom merchandise

You think about how these sakura limited edition Nike shoes would go perfectly with your outfits...
STEFAN-JANOSKI-MAX-Nike-Cherry-Blossom-shoes
Credit: Nike You wonder how you can get your hands on Starbuck's annual cherry blossom tumblers and mugs (which go out of stock in the blink of an eye)...
Starbucks cherry blossom merchandise 2016 Japan
Credit: Starbucks Japan You even find glassware which creates sakura imprints on your table due to condensation!
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Credit:100perstore

2. Everyone seems to be sharing cherry blossom forecasts on your newsfeed

You start checking if the blooms coincide with your vacation period! The periods stated in the map below are the estimated best viewing periods. #HHWT tip: Don't forget to check out our ultimate Muslim-friendly guide to cherry blossom season in Japan!
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Credit: japan-guide (Check out their site for more dates!)  P.S. If you already have a trip planned to Japan during this season, we've got you covered with 7 cherry blossom spots you should visit in Tokyoas well as these 7 Instagram-worthy spots in Kyoto!

3. Tons of cherry blossom season drinks and desserts start popping out of nowhere

You start drooling over these limited edition drinks and confectionary which look soooo yummy & not to mention, gorgeous!
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Credit: atpress
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Credit: Starbucks Japan [caption id="attachment_5895" align="aligncenter" width="900"]
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Pink coloured pepsi just in time for your hanami party![/caption] Credit: Suntory

4. Even airlines are enticing you with their promo deals

Seriously, Korean Air, stop tempting us already! #HHWT tip: If you're visiting Korea in Spring, check out our ultimate guide to cherry blossom viewing spots in Korea!
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5. And the ultimate sign that cherry blossom season is just around the corner - CATS ENJOYING HANAMI!

Cats are everyone's weakness. Cherry blossoms are breathtakingly gorgeous. Pair them together and you have a recipe for success!
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It's impossible to resist these adorable faces, just bring us there already!
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Credit: Neko Memo Now, will someone show us where we can find these cats in Japan already? :D