Miniature Cherry Blossom Tree Springs Into Bloom Anytime

One of the surest signs of Spring in Japan is the annual arrival of pretty, pale, pink cherry blossoms. TV news stations even show graphics of the northerly progressing “cherry blossom front” as part of their weather reporting. This is all well and good, but wouldn't it be nice to be able to enjoy your own private blossom blooming anywhere, anytime? It would, and now it can be.

Tokyo's Hamee Strapya World is offering to make the magic bloom with this Magic Sakura Artificial Cherry Blossom Gardening Kit. It's not a real tree but it really does bloom, just follow the instructions and you'll be enjoying your own cherry blossom viewing party in no time at all!

Well, OK, not exactly “no” time: once you've set up your 13.5cm high by 10.5cm wide (5.4” by 4.2”) tree trunk and doused it with the included “magic water”, clusters of pink blossoms will begin to burst into bloom within 2 to 3 hours. Your tree should be in full bloom within 24 hours and the blossoms will last up to one month. Can your Chia pet do that?

The Magic Sakura Artificial Cherry Blossom Gardening Kit costs 600 yen (around $7.30) and can be ordered online from Strapya World's website. Please be aware that the "magic water" is not drinkable and that this item should not be given unsupervised to children under 10 years of age.