According to the cherry blossom forecast, southern Ishikawa is due for cherry blossoms beginning around 31 March and northern Ishikawa will start to see blossoms around 5 April.
Edit: This was the 3/5 forecast. Due to changes in the weather, the sakura forecast for all of Ishikawa has been postponed to 4/5 as of 3/12. Please keep checking the website for details.
Check here for good viewing locations in Ishikawa and other prefectures; when you click on one, it will give you a weather forecast, directions/location, and a rating of how far in bloom the blossoms are.
In the meantime, there are plenty of sakura-flavored things to enjoy while we wait!
At Malga Gelato in Noto-cho and Nonoichi, try the sakura ice cream.
At Starbucks all across Japan, try a sakura steamer or a sakura frappachino with a side of sakura cake.
At grocery stores, look for sakura-flavored KitKats, breads, and other seasonal goodies. I am particularly fond of sakura mochi (さくらもち 桜餅). Look around the store-made breads and sweets section for these.
Enjoy the sakura and sakura-flavored foods while they last!
Leah Zoller is a first-year CIR in Anamizu and really made a point to enjoy Malga’s sakura gelato this spring.