Photographer's Note

Sakura is not just about flower-covered trees and family picnics in the park. At the end of March each year the whole country turns pink. All self-respecting newspapers publish a special edition dedicated to cherry blossom, pink posters adorn the carriages of Tokyo metro and restaurants serve sakura-themed specialties.

These are mochi - traditional Japanese sweets, made of glutinous rice and filled with sweet bean paste. The flavours and colours are sometimes seasonal (I’ve seen and tasted chestnut, strawberry and, of course, cherry blossom), they can also be decorated with miniature pictures of various tourist attractions.

For me, these chewy sweets are an acquired taste and it took the length of two trips to appreciate mochi. It’s very much part of Japanese culture, same as bathroom slippers, red torii, colourful kimono and the lingering smell of soy sauce. Mochi is something I miss when I go away and I look forward to when I return.

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