If you can’t be in Japan right now to see the real cherry trees put on their signature splendor, this is totally the Next Best Thing, replete with minifigs from all walks of life!
I love how they included every type of hanami partier, from artist-y artist to host-ly host!
And naturally, because Lego just begs to be made into little stop-action gifs…
And BONUS OF BONUSES I was saving this fox cosplayer minifig…
…for just such a seasonal nighttime scenario
It’s easy to get your hands on your very own light-up cherry tree (and they’re on sale right now, because it’s getting close to The Season, so take advantage!) Just so you know, this is not a quick build—it’s got a kerbillion weird-shaped pieces and I’d say it took me a good six or seven hours. The directions were pretty good (standard diagrams-only Lego-style booklet), but it took me a while because complicated design is complicated. Also, I am super lame at all things that have batteries, so I couldn’t get the light-up thingie to work before I had to take the pix, but I didn’t actually care that much about that, because the tree+shrine torii+minifigs were so awesome. I’m sure you’ll get it in one!
Note: A reader just informed me that the Buildiverse website I linked to ships from Aliexpress, with higher costs. I’m waiting for a reply about when/how this occurs, but in the meantime, I suggest you check your order carefully (especially at the last step, where they call out the shipping cost) before pressing the Order button. Will update if/when I find out more!
Jonelle Patrick is the author of five novels set in Japan
The Last Tea Bowl Thief was chosen as an Editor’s Pick for Best Mystery, Thriller & Suspense on Amazon
“A fascinating mix of history and mystery.” —Booklist
Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!