The Perfect Spots To Have A Cherry Blossom Picnic | Clozette


Spring is here and it’s officially cherry blossom season in our neighbouring countries blessed with a cooler climate. A lot of these countries often have festivals dedicated for these flowers. Japan, especially, has a tradition called hanami, where they have parties and picnics beneath the sakura to appreciate its transient beauty. If you want to join in the flower viewing fun and see the delicate petals open up in bloom, you might want to visit these places around Asia on your next spring trip.

 

 

 Japan: Shingashi River, Kawagoe



Of course, Japan is number one when we’re talking about cherry blossoms. Having popularised the flowers and the tradition, the country undeniably has lots of places where visitors can watch the blooms. In particular, Kawagoe, dubbed the Little Edo near Tokyo for its old warehouses and merchant homes, has this little spot by the Shingashi River where crowds gather to watch the flowering cherry trees. During spring, you can take a boat ride down the calm waters at the back of the Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine and be in awe of the pink blossoms towering above you. 


Taiwan: Wuling Farm, Taichung City



Set in the northern valleys of Taiwan, the farm displays and overwhelming array of flowers in its land. February is the peak month for the farm, and people flock to celebrate their Cherry Blossom Festival. Many of those visitors walk along the famous Wuling Road, where you would see thousands of the mesmerising trees lined up.

 

 

South Korea: Gyeonghwa Station, Jinhae, Changwon



Enjoy the whimsical beauty of the cherry blossoms in Jinhae’s Gyeonghwa Station. Since the railway services in this station have been discontinued in 2006, visitors were free to walk through the rail tracks and admire the beauty of the petals falling from the cherry trees surrounding it. Each year in early April during the Jinhae Gunhangje Festival, you can ride a slow shuttle train to further enjoy the spring.




China: Yuyuantan Park, Beijing



The local park west of central Beijing celebrates an annual Cherry Blossoms Culture Festival, where numerous guests are able to enjoy the coming of the season. In 1973, the first cherry trees sent as gifts from Japan and were planted here. Now, Yuyuantan Park has thousands of cherry trees of different varieties have been planted, so you will be greeted by a fascinating view of varying hues of pink and white florets from end of March and throughout April.

 

 

Thailand: Khun Chang Khian Agricultural Research Centre, Chiang Mai



Didn’t think you’d see delicate cherry blooms in Southeast Asia? Well, you’ve never been more wrong. The research centre, featuring a sister variety of the sakura called the Wild Himalayan Cherry, is run by the University of Chiang Mai. During the cooler climates of January to February, you can get a sneak peek of the pink wonderland in the slopes of the Doi Suthep mountain. 

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Remember that iconic scene in The Devil Wears Prada when Miranda Priestly bitingly quipped "Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking." Well, it turns out that regardless of what a certain Mrs. Priestly seems to think about it, florals remain the choice du jour of Spring/Summer holidays. Below, the girls from the Clozette Community show how florals can be ever-so-stylish even if they're ever-present this season.


Temple Flower


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Free Floral-ing


ruffled floral dress

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Summer’s officially here! And there’s no better time to take a quick getaway to escape or enjoy the heat. Surely, you all have your itinerary for the season all planned out—from the attractions to visit and accommodations to stay in. But if you haven’t gotten your bags packed and ready yet, let us help you give your holiday outfit that extra oomph with these sunglasses picks to match your destinations and activities.

 


Taking a peek of the future


Statement oversized mask-like sunglasses with translucent pink ultra-thin and curved square frame similarly toned with the lenses.

DiorSoLight1 Sunglasses, price unavailable

 

If you’re heading to the future by visiting a highly modern city like Dubai or Hong Kong, then a pair of eyewear that reflects that futuristic vibe is a must-have. Something like Dior’s new DiorSoLight1, whose graphic and oversized frame creates a distinctively modern mask-like effect is perfect when you’re walking amongst the towering skyscrapers of your destination.


Exploring the world of art


A pair of black rectangular-framed sunglasses with a pair of glittery 18-karat gold lenses.

Chanel Rectangle Sunglasses Black, price unavailable


Travelling to see cultural attractions like museums and libraries require some simple elegance. What your outfit needs is something sophisticated like the Chanel Rectangle Sunglasses. Its understated beauty lies in its simple black frame and 18-karat gold mirror lenses, a design that could very well be the centrepiece of an art exhibit.

 

A the blast from the past


A round '80s inspired sunglass with a titanium frame detailed with linear engraving.

Oliver Peoples After Midnight, price unavailable


Exploring a city where the rich history blends in beautifully with contemporary living, calls for a piece that also references a time nearly forgotten. Oliver Peoples’ After Midnight sunglasses will give your look that vintage feel you need. This piece of eyewear is just the right one for you as its iconic ‘80s inspired round frame is old but gold. 



Catch the waves


Sunglasses with a pair of yellow lenses and pink marble-like acetate frame that accentuates the eyes.

Bonia SS2019 B60090S C3 Sunglasses, price unavailable


Spending a day sunbathing in a beach with fine white sands and deep blue waves needs an equally fun and funky accessory as well. Complement your cute bikinis with this cool sunglasses from Bonia’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection. With its pink frame and bright lenses, it will surely add a nice touch of colour to your sunny day.

 

 

For the vibrant night lights


An oversized sunglasses with a black rounded square all-acetate frame, and a pair of gradient-effect lenses.

Dior SoStellaire1, price unavailable


Of course, huge cities with a vibrant nightlife like the Big Apple is a destination everyone plans to visit. And to quickly catch up and adapt to the busy city, you might need something a bit more versatile. Dior’s SoStellaire1, with its black oversized frame, is an eyewear you could pair with everything. Now you won’t have a hard time transitioning your outfit to suit day and night activities. Feel free to explore and party when you want. 


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