Starbucks changed over to their Sakura Cherry Blossom drink, and I have lived in Japan such a long time that I thought, “Huh.  Must be spring.  There are bringing out the cherry blossom stuff.”

Yes, it is now Yayoi.  (That means “March”.  The old-fashioned way.)

The month of plum blossoms:

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And also……….

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Sakura beer!  (The can is a sakura design, but the contents are not Sakura flavored.)

 

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Sakura coffee!  In pink.  I think this is actually sakura flavored.

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Sakura ice cream!

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Sakura green tea!  (Just the bottle, the contents are not sakura flavored.)

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Manholes and grates often have interesting designs in Japan.

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But as you can see…no cherry blossoms yet!

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It’s still chilly in Fukushima City.  Yesterday the weather was quite blustery.

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Spring into action, Spring!

 

This is a very good explanation of the months in Japanese, both modern and old.