The national flower of Japan, the cherry blossom – or Sakura, represents a time of renewal and optimism. The pops of pink mark the ending of winter and signify the beginning of spring. Due to their quick blooming season, cherry blossoms also symbolize the transience of life, a major theme in Buddhism.

Typically, cherry blossoms in Japan reach their peak season between the end of March and the beginning of April, which is considered the optimal time to witness the flowers' bloom in renowned tourist spots like Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka.

With majority of our friends enjoying the sakura season in Japan - sharing their holiday via their instagram stories showing the blossoming cherry blossoms. While sakura season may be over in a couple of weeks, our Japan fever lasts forever!

Here's a quick roundup of 5 of our favourite Japan designs!

1. Postcard Colouring Book: Japanese Designs, Pepin Press, $19.15

Postcard Colouring Book: Japanese Designs
Postcard Colouring Book: Japanese Designs

PEPIN Postcard Watercolour Books contain 20 cards, made of the finest acid-free watercolour paper. The 250 gsm paper is quite thick to make the cards suitable for mailing.

The 20 colouring cards are made of the finest 250 gsm acid-free water colour paper, a joy to colour with a wide range of techniques, such as colour pencil, crayon, pastel, ink, water colour, etc. PEPIN Postcard Colouring Books match the quality of the finest professional watercolour pads. In order to get the best results, we recommend you use high-quality colouring materials.

2. Hardcover Japanese Lacquer Boxes Collection: Karakusa, Paperblanks, $34.20 

Hardcover Japanese Lacquer Boxes Collection: Karakusa
A karakusa is an arabesque design of vines or branches and was a popular motif for creating lacquerware. This style, using gold powder sprinkled onto lacquer, developed during the Heian period and thrived in the Edo period, the era from which this design likely originates.

3. Ukiyoe Tarot, U.S. Games Systems, $50.20

This richly illustrated deck artfully portrays traditional tarot symbolism with classically costumed Japanese figures. The uniquely Japanese Ukiyoe genre reflects the Buddhist ideas of the transience of the physical world. Japanese artist Koji Furuta masterfully captures the serene beauty of the “floating world” with scenes of everyday Japanese life.

The Major Arcana depict familiar archetypal figures such as a Kabuki actor as the Magician and a Buddhist monk as the Hierophant. The artist has chosen ancient Japanese symbols for the Minors: traditional swords, ceremonial scepters, lacquered bowls for cups, and Edo-era coins.

The 78 cards are numbered and titled in both English and Japanese.

4. Expandable Flower Vase - The Great Wave, Modgy, $15.95

Modgy Expandable flower vases do everything a glass vase does except collect dust, chip or break. Available in a variety of designs, Modgy plastic vases are durable and stable enough to hold a flower bouquet.

These decorative vases are ideal for events, weddings, and any table top. Modgy vases are collapsible and economical, making it easy to keep a variety of colors and patterns tucked away for any occasion. 

The Great Wave Off Kanagwa is one of the most famous and iconic wood-block prints ever. A display of the stunning oceans power with Mt. Fuji’s peak in the back drop.  The work was created by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai and first published approximately in 1830 as part of his larger collection of Thirty Six Views of Mt. Fuji. This form of wood block print art is known asUkiyo-e which flourished in Japan from the 17th through 19th   Modgy is happy to bring this historic work to you in all its grandeur so you may enjoy it daily!

5. Dewdrop Diffuser 140ml - Primm Flower, Botanica Fragrance, $39.90

Inspired by the four seasons of Japan, uniquely real flowers in the fragrance.

Botanica Fragrance believe that living is an art. Its simplicity and its complexity is a life-time learning journey. At Botanica, they want to create not just healthy home living but experiences of life. They strive to discover fragrances that are natural, providing you that calmness & relaxation inspired by the four seasons of Japan. 

What excites them the most is being able to bring to you the beauty of Botanica scents, at the same time indulging you with the aesthetics perfection of how our product looks and feels. Because home fragrance should transcend more than just the sense of smell. To Botanica Fragrance, it’s the pursuit of that intimacy – The beauty of scent & sight.

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