If you've ever wanted to bring home Japan with you and like the flavor of sakura (cherry blossoms), I would suggest getting some sakura hanazuke.
It is also called sakura shiozuke.
It is hard to describe the flavor, but I can tell you it isn't like sour cherries nor American cherry flavors.
Depending on which brand you buy...the size varies and I would assume the price too.
This one cost me about 400 yen (tax included) is about 40 grams and is from Kanagawa.
The sakura is packed in salt.
Be sure to wash off the salt before using.
This is one I received from a friend a couple years back and is from Nara and was about 50 grams.
To make sakura gohan...2 servings.
1 cup rice
4-5 sakura flowers
Soak your flowers for about ten minutes to remove some of the salt.
Cook your rice according to your rice cooker.
Drain and chop up the flowers.
After the rice is cooked, add most of the chopped flowers and mix with your shamoji (rice paddle).
With the remaining chopped flowers, garnish when serving.
NOTES: The only thing about this type of sakura is that it can only be found during Spring. Most stores do not carry it year round. This recipe is super easy and a nice way to enjoy a taste of Japan's Spring.