Spring has arrived in most parts of the Northern hemisphere. Easter usually is a sure sign for me that winter is over, but observing the arrival of spring in nature is way better than only on the calendar.
Although, technically we are still in the Northern half of the globe, here in Southern Thailand, is it already so close to the equator, that we have a very tropical climate and no 4 seasons to observe.
So unfortunately, there are no blooming trees everywhere (every tree has there own schedule here and some will bloom, lose leaves, and carry fruit all at the same time). But things are very different in Japan at the moment, where my friend Melanie is a missionary and English teacher, who allowed me to share these pictures.
Cherry blossoms are kind of a really big deal in the spring time in Japan. There is a century-old tradition called Hanami where people go out to parks with family and friends to have picnics and flower-viewing parties. Cherry blossoms have rich symbolic meaning and appear on many Japanese articles, like dishes and traditional clothing.
If you also like create some cherry blossom cupcake toppers, check out the video below for a tutorial. It is also easily adaptable for decorated cookies.