★March 2020

Naoko’s article ‘A BLOSSOMING OBSESSION’ was published in the Kew Magazine’s spring 2020 edition. It explores the history of Kew Gardens’ cherry trees and reveals the 60-year relationship that Collingwood ‘Cherry’ Ingram had with the Gardens. 

click here to read the article

Kew Cover


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The Dutch edition of ‘Cherry’ Ingram ‘SAKURA’, was published in March 2020 by Thomas Rap.


‘Sakura’ was in the Netherland’s top 10 best-seller list for several weeks in the spring. It became a “sales success” after a “substantial 5-star review in NRC Handelsblad,” the nation’s newspaper of record, according to de Volkskrant.

★The Italian edition of ‘Cherry’ Ingram, ‘PASSIONE SAKURA’, was published in March 2020 by Bollati Boringhieri.

Italian Cover

★The German edition, ‘Hanami’, also came out in March 2020.

German cover

★The Spanish and Polish editions will be published in the autumn 2020.  The Chinese edition is being translated from the Japanese original and will be published in 2021.

★’Cherry’ Ingram paperbacks are out in the UK.

CHERRY Ingram paperback cover design

 ★The U.S. paperback, ‘The Sakura Obsession’, was published in February 2020.

American paperback cover


★Naoko  gave a lecture for the Surrey Garden Trust in Ashtead on 25 January as part of their winter lecture series.

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•’Cherry’ Ingram was named as one of the Sunday Times ‘Books of the Year’.

Sunday Times book of the year
Sunday Times Book of the year2

(‘The Culture’,  November 24,)

It was one of the Books of the Year 2019.

•’Cherry’ Ingram was chosen as one of the best books of the year 2019 by the Woodland Trust, the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity.

Woodlands Awards

After winning the prestigious Nihon Essayist Club Award in Japan in June 2016, Naoko Abe’s book‘Cherry’ Ingram: The Englishman Who Saved Japan’s Blossomswas published in the UK on 21 March 2019.

The book was selected as The BBC Radio 4 Book of the Weekfrom March 18th – 22nd and has received global recognition fromThe Economist, The Spectator, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and many more.

View all the reviews here.

The US version, The Sakura Obsession, was released a few days later. 

The Sakura Obsession

                                        https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sakura-Obsession-Incredible-Hunter-                                                                      Blossoms/dp/1524733571/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_t_0/259-3677632-6052223?                                                    _encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=B73NZPKWKZGEBNAR0QN8

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