Spring in Japan

Last week was peak cherry blossom season in Fukuoka. I hadn’t really had the chance to do proper hanami (cherry blossom viewing) before this year, so naturally I did it three times to make up for all the years I’ve missed. I must say, nothing beats hanami season in Japan, especially when the weather is nice. Everyone packs up their tarps and barbeque pits, prepares food and drink to share, and heads out to the parks around Japan to soak up the beauty of the cherry trees blossoming flowers. I like to think people do hanami because they want to be one with nature and treasure this fleeting flower, but I think most people do it so they can get drunk in public in the afternoon. Either way, it’s my favorite season in Japan, and I am so glad I finally got to experience it in full.


By the way, I uploaded a cherry blossom vlog to my brother and my channel, Kori & Philip.


Sakura [花見のコーディネート]


Yesterday and today the weather was so nice that I went to see the sakura twice! Before this year, I had never actually done proper hanami (cherry blossom viewing where you sit down and enjoy the scenery for a few hours), so I was pretty excited.



I didn’t want to overpower the flowers, so I went with something simple for my outfit.



Coat: Super Star (from Grapefruit Moon)

Top: One Spo

Shorts: H&M

Boots: Gift (from Texas)



Sakura Season

cherry blossom

The cherry blossoms (or sakura 桜)  are long gone from Japan. In Kagoshima, they bloom around late March and disappear two weeks later. For so many people, these flowers mark the end of an old year and the beginning of a new. They did much the same for me. But that’s another story.


The light pink of the blossoms should inspire a new spring/summer palette of pastels or bright colors. But nothing brings them out better than monocromatic outfits and neutrals.



This is the most stereotypical spring of my outfits. Without the sweater, it’s sweet and delicate, but the sweater makes it more casual and carefree, like spring should be.

Shorts: H&M

Top: H&M

Cardigan sweater: 3.1 Philip Lim for Target


I believe in black year round. Yohji Yamamoto said it best: “Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy – but mysterious. But above all black says this: “I don’t bother you – don’t bother me”.

To make black more inviting and warm weather-ready, add a light colored scarf and white shoes. And shorts of course.

Shorts: H&M (same as above)

Top: Zara

Scarf: H&M

Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell, Foxy



If you’re a bit sportier, Adidas jackets are perfect. This one features an all-over rose pattern, but alas! it’s still black and so effortlessly cool. Also, everyone needs a pear of Converse. That is all.

Jacket: addidas

Top: moussy

Jeans: Levi’s

Shoes: Converse Chuck Taylor



I love the contrast of the delicate petals and the studs on my shoes. Pair these with an ineresting black dress like this one from Free People, and you are ready for whatever new life you have in mind.

Dress: FreePeople

Flats: Michael Kors


Thanks to Shane Allen at CarmelloVision for the photos!