Sakura Season and Best Hanami Spots in Japan

Cherry Blossoms or more popularly known as Sakura is also considered as a national flower of Japan. For the Japanese, Sakura symbolizes the clouds because of the way they are blooming. It is also associated with mortality – on readily and gracefully accepting destiny and karma. Being symbolic, Cherry Blossom is often represented in Japan’s arts, music, films, manga and even on consumer goods.


Best Places to Experience Hanami

Sakura blooms in springtime, mostly from late March to early May so if tourists want to see its most majestic views, they must take note of the dates and the best places for the hanami or flower viewing.

Fujigoko (Fuji Five Lakes) – At the northern base of Mount Fuji, the highest and most beautiful mountain in Japan, lies five distinct lakes. This area is the best spot to see the scenic view of the mountain and the Sakura. The flowers start to bloom in early April and blooms fully in mid April.

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Photo credit: Guilhem Vellut (Flickr)

Tokyo – Tokyo is the best place to see Japan’s most exciting time of the year, as the Sakura spreads tranquility all over the city on springtime. The city boasts with parks, gardens, rivers, riversides and other famous landmarks perfect for hanami. In Tokyo, first bloom is expected on March 23 and peaks on April 2.


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Osaka – In Osaka, visitors can enjoy walking under the Cherry Blossoms whether on daytime or at night. They can also participate in various Cherry Blossom festivals held in different locations across the city. Some notable hanami spots in Osaka is home to 5000 cherry blossom trees. Expect the Sakura to bloom from March 23 to March 28, this year.


Kyoto – During springtime, Sakura gives Kyoto a mind-blowing atmosphere. Local and foreign visitors bustle the city’s canals, rivers, parks, temples, shrines and other hanami spots offering picturesque landscapes. Sakura is on full bloom here by March 28 to early April.


Hokkaido – Sakura blooms a bit late in Hokkaido, around early to mid May, but this might be the place for the most gorgeous cherry blossom season. Landmarks, parks and even roadsides offer breathtaking views of tons of cherry blossoms.


What to do in the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided valley carved by the Colorado River in Arizona USA. This 277-mile long, nearly 18-mile wide and over a mile-deep canyon is inhabited by native Americans. According to studies, the Grand Canyon was developed 40 million years ago.

Activities to enjoy in the Grand Canyon

Casual sightseeing – the canyon does not only offer sand and rocks. There’s Havasupai Falls with red rock walls and deep blue water. The South Rim which is 7000 feet above sea level has incredible panoramic views of the canyon. The road leading up to the Toroweap Overlook might be treacherous but it’s all worth it once you reach the top which is 3,000 feet over the river.

Hiking – A day, an overnight or a week-long expedition in Grand Canyon is an experience one will never ever forget. The difficulty level of the trips range from moderate hikes to the extremely demanding trips. The South Rim and the North Rim both offer the trail hikers spectacular views of the Grand Canyon.


River Trips – There are different river trip opportunities that last for as long as 25 days in the Grand Canyon. Motorized or non-motorized whitewater rafting which takes a minimum of 7 days can also be enjoyed.

Bicycling – Most of the trails in the park prohibit bicycling but there are still a lot of options for a great ride to see the beauty of the Grand Canyon. Biking in the Grand Canyon is an amazing wilderness experience.

Mule Rides – Grand Canyon mule rides have been famous with visitors since the 1980’s. This 4-mile 3-hour trek on narrow trails gives visitors more adventures and breathtaking views from the back of a mule.


Camping – Camping in the Grand Canyon is a highly-desired activity for most of the visitors. Camping enables tourists see more awe-inspiring views of the canyon. The North Rim offers the most memorable camping experience.

Helicopter ride – One of the most exciting ways to see the Grand Canyon by air is through a helicopter ride. Helicopters fly approximately 1000 feet lower than airplanes touring in the Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon Skywalk Tour – This is a horseshoe-shaped cantilever bridge with a glass walkway. The Skywalk extends 70 feet long and has a width of 65 feet. Its foundation can withstand an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.0 within 50 miles.


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She started to develop her mediumship with a spiritual church in 2001.  Since then she has gone on to teach psychic and mediumship development and has a diploma with TV Psychic Tony Stockwell back in 2014 after spending a year in mentorship with him.

She has also worked for TV Psychic Derek Acorah on his psychic line and indeed was privileged to work alongside him demonstrating her mediumship in a theatre performance during 2016. She does occasional stand up mediumship demonstrations with a local spiritual church.

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Earth Hour Around the World

On March 25, 2017 at 8:30 pm, the whole world will be celebrating Earth Hour.

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) encouraging individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. as a symbol to their commitment to the planet. The event started in Sydney, Australia in 2007 which grew to engage 7000 cities and towns worldwide.

Here are the world’s famous landmarks that participated for Earth Hour.



The Blue Mosque in Turkey – This popular mosque is famous for its interior walls’ hand-painted blue tiles. At night, the mosque is bathed in blue as lights frame the mosque’s five main domes, six minarets and eight secondary domes.

Burj Khalifa in Dubai UAE – This is the tallest building and the tallest structure in the world, which stands a total height of 2,722 ft. Its construction began in 2004 and its exterior was completed 5 years after.

Tokyo Tower in Japan –   This is a communications and observation tower in the Shiba-koen district of Tokyo, Japan. With a total height of 1,092 ft, it is the second tallest structure in Japan.

India Gate in New Delhi, India – This site is a memorial to 82,000 soldiers of the undivided Indian Army who dies in the period of 1914 – 1921.13,300 names are inscribed on the gate.

Marina Bay Skyline in Singapore – The 360 hectares of prime waterfront site began its land reclamation work in 1962 and finished in 1992. Today, the place boasts with luxurious establishments for commercial, residential, leisure and entertainment.



Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia – This is a multi-venue performing arts centre in Australia and is one of the 20th century’s most famous and distinctive buildings.

Parliament House in Canberra, Australia – This is the meeting place of the Parliament of Australia which was opened on 9 May 1988 by Elizabeth II. It cost more than $1.1 billion to build.



The Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt – This is the tallest man-made structure in the world for more than 3,800 years and is the oldest among the Seven wonders of the Ancient World and the one to remain largely intact.

Table Mountain in South Africa – This is a flat-topped mountain in South Africa. The level plateau of the mountain is approximately 3 kilometers. The mountain has an unusually rich biodiversity of unique and endangered flora and fauna.



The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France – This global cultural icon of France is the most-visited paid monument in the world. It was constructed in 1887 to 1889 and is one of the world’s most recognizable structures.

Acropolis of Athens in Greece – This ancient citadel which is believed to have been constructed at around 5 century BC, showcases ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance. It is located on the rocky outcrop in the city of Athens.

Brandenburg Gate in Germany – This 18th century neoclassical monument in Berlin and one of the most famous landmarks in Germany, was often a site for major historical events. Today, it is considered not only as a symbol of the tumultuous history of Europe and Germany, but also of European unity and peace.

The London Eye in England – Also known as the Millennium Wheel, this giant Ferris wheel stands 443 feet tall and has a diameter of 394 feet. It is Europe’s largest Ferris wheel and is the most popular paid tourist attraction in UK.

La Cupola de San Pietro in Italy – More popularly known as St. Peter’s Dome, it is the symbol of the Vatican Basilica. It is one of the largest ever built in the shell wall and one of Rome’s most famous symbols.

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Times Square New York City, USA – This is one of the world’s busiest pedestrian areas and the major center of the world’s entertainment industry. It is one of the world’s most visited tourist attractions which draws an estimated of 50 million visitors annually.

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California USA – This is a suspension bridge known to be the most beautiful and the most photographed bridge in the world. This connects the city of San Francisco to Marin Country across a 1.6-kilometer wide and 2.7-kilometer long channel.

Empire State Building in Manhattan New York City – This is a 102-storey skyscraper which stood as the world’s tallest building for almost 40 years. The building is an American Cultural Icon and hailed as one of the Seven wonders of the Modern World.

Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro Brazil – The statue which is a symbol of Christianity across the world has become a cultural icon of both Rio de Janeiro and Brazil. The statue which is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone was listed as one of the New Seven wonders of the World.

The Space Needle in Seattle Washington USA – This observation tower which is an icon of Seattle, was built to withstand winds of up to 200 miles per hour and earthquakes of up to 9.1 magnitude. The trip to this 605 ft tall structure on normal days, takes only 41 seconds to the top through its elevators.

This year, it is expected that more establishments, organizations, celebrities and individuals will join this initiative to save Mother Earth.

Top 5 of the World’s Best Spring Break Destinations

Spring break is a phenomenon which started in 1930’s. It is an academic tradition observed mainly in the United States and some western countries. This is a period in early spring where schools and universities in various countries in the world take their vacation.

Spring break is fast approaching and students especially in cold countries are looking forward to this. Here is a list of some of the world’s best spring break destinations to help escape the winter or just to get away.

St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

US citizens can always look forward to a hassle-free airport experience here since no passport is required for them to visit the place. St. Thomas offers nightlife for students who love the taste of a Caribbean party scene. Not only that, the Botanical gardens at St. Peter Great House will give tourists a more laid back trip.


Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana beaches known for its golden sand, offer reasonably priced Caribbean hide-out. The place caters to jet-setters and sun-seeking vacationers who like all-inclusive resorts but care less about venturing away from the hotel. Some of the activities that vacationers can enjoy include a thrilling hiking to Hoyo Azul or taking on challenging golf courses like Punta Espada or La Cana.


Florida, USA

The spectacular shore of the Floridian coast is perfect for cruising over. This is where you’ll find ample sun, sand, salt, surf and special events all throughout the Sunshine State‘s most popular time of the year – spring break. This is the place where you can party hard and enjoy festivities held during the season.


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Spring break is not all about sand and beaches. Spring break holidays in UK can be as exciting with its national parks, seaside towns and ancient historical sites. The place is known for stadium tours offered to soccer lovers. A road trip, a speedy ride, mountain biking and paddle boarding are only some of the adrenaline-fueled activities that vacationers can enjoy in UK during spring break.


Oranjestad, Aruba

Aruba is for spring breakers who aren’t seeking for typical wild nights. It has a dry climate and an arid landscape where visitors can expect warm, sunny weather most of the times. Enjoy ATV tour, snorkeling, ship or boat sailing or karting in this cactus-strewn land. There are also nature and wildlife areas like the butterfly farm, garden and geologic formations, historic sites and sacred and religious churches to visit around Aruba.