Japan’s cherry blossom season has officially begun, and people all over the world are getting ready to celebrate the arrival of the pink sakura bloom. Many locals and tourists visiting the annual “flower viewing” festivals (called hanami) not only travel far and wide to reach the most beautiful pink parts of Japan, but they also make sure to dress for the occasion.
The Japanese are known for their creativity when it comes to fashion, and cherry blossom season is the perfect excuse to show off their style. From blossom-pattern kimonos to pink petal-shaped hats, there’s so many sakura-inspired garments and accessories out there. The latest item to catch our eye is The Sakura Casa—a pink parasol shaped like a cherry blossom.
The Sakura Casa is both practical and beautiful, but the craft behind it is what’s most impressive. It’s produced by Gifu’s Handcraft Artisan House Casa—a company that promotes centuries-old traditions by working with local artisans and traditional craftspeople. The art of making Japanese-style parasols is truly special and each one takes months to complete. Each parasol is made by hand from three types of traditional Japanese paper (called Mino washi) that is carefully stretched around a bamboo frame. The maker has to make constant adjustments to the tension as they gently pull so that he parasol opens and closes smoothly.
It’s no surprise that The Sakura Casa doesn’t come cheap. Prices range from 19,440-34,560 ¥ ($174.18-$309.73) and those interested are asked to phone or contact the artisans in person to place an order.
You can see more parasol styles on the Gifu’s Handcraft Artisan House Casa website.