Trivia Trap

Sakura Sleuthing

Congratulations to Tony Nelson, who won this month’s trivia trap, along with Tiffany Barnes and MiNa Kim who sent in correct answers. To those of you who haven’t tried Trivia Trap yet, get involved! Starbucks cards could be yours! Find the answers to the Hanami-style trivia below…

By Peter Underwood

It may surprise you to learn that GMA articles are not typed live, but are written, on occasion, weeks before publication. This is a charade we try to keep up, but I’m going to pull back the curtain today folks, because I want it in writing that if the snow hasn’t gone by the time this is published at the beginning of April, I will eat my battered trivia hat. In fact, I want spring to be here SO BADLY, that I’m entertaining myself by making the next Trivia Trap all about the most spring-y of things: cherry blossoms!

As always, you have a chance to win one of two fabulous prizes!

1)¥1000 Starbucks gift card
2) Mysterious Mystery Box of Mysterious Mystery! Tell us what kind of stuff you’re into, and place your faith in me to deliver a worthy prize. It could be anything–even a ¥1000 Starbucks gift card!


So buckle up, bathe in the warm spring sun (or imagine a warm spring sun if the snow is still around), and get ready for the Trivia Trap to… spring! (*chorus of boos*)

Hanami! Cherry blossom viewing! A centuries-old practice, if Wikipedia is to believed, it began with plum blossoms hundreds of years ago, and slowly transformed until hanami became synonymous with sakura. In spite of the growing commercial side to the season, few can deny a Japanese temple surrounded by blossoms is one of the best sights in the world. But how much do you actually know about those beautiful petals?

The Trivia Trap:

  1. What species of sakura is used as the standard when predicting optimum blossom viewing dates?
    1. Somei Yoshino, or Prunus x Yedoensis (Each city has one chosen Somei Yoshino tree that is used to predict/observe the “Sakura Front” as it moves through the country.)
  2. What is the Japanese word for a cherry tree whose blossoms have fallen, revealing the new spring leaves?
    1. Hazakura, 葉桜 – the Kanji for “Leaf” and “Sakura”.
  3. While many would consider Sakura to be Japan’s national flower, it isn’t. What is the official national flower of Japan?
    1. There is no official national flower of Japan!

As always, use any means necessary to find the answers to the questions. Send your answers to Answers are due by Friday 15th April! The winner will be announced in the May Vol. 1 issue of Good Morning Aomori.

Do you have any interesting trivia or facts you want to share with the Aomori crowd? If your trivia is chosen, you’re automatically entered into the prize drawing! E-mail us at


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