Katie’s Sakura Festival was the first event that I participated in since I started playing Animal Crossing Pocket Camp.
I’m not sure what made me decide to give it a try. The event involved a whole lot of flowers, and happened during a really rough pollen season (in the real world).
Katie’s Sakura Festival started when Katie showed up in my campground, right next to the garden. She talked about planting seasonal flowers, and catching the rare creatures that are attracted to them.
Katie: So, Jen! wanna start catching bees?
In real life, I avoid encountering flowers and bees. So, the Sakura event did not sound at all appealing. That said, I hadn’t really made use of my garden yet, so this seemed like a good time to learn how to plant things.
The Sakura event was the first one I was aware of in Animal Crossing Pocket Camp. There was a bit of a learning curve before I was able to figure out where to find the quests and how to complete them.
In the screenshot above, I completed my first quest from this event. If I remember correctly, it was for planting Sakura flowers in my garden.
The screenshot above shows some white sakura blossoms. To plant them, you need white sakura seeds, which were only around during the festival. White sakura blossoms attract White Blossom Bees, which are rare creatures.
This entire pattern holds for the pink sakura flowers and the yellow sakura flowers. Each attract bees that match the flowers.
The reward for catching some bees was a Katie mask.
This is a sakura cookie. Inside is a fortune, and a random item that relates to the sakura event.
Fortune: You will have an amazing dream but forget to write it down.
I got a sakura stone lantern.
By the time I got my second sakura cookie, I was starting to understand what I was doing and where to find some of the quests. In the screenshot above, my character is wearing a corded sakura hairpin.
Fortune: You will post a charming video that goes viral.
I got a sakura koto. The coolest thing about this item is that the animal people whom you have invited to your campground will come over and start playing the koto.
I put the sakura koto and the sakura stone lantern in my campground. At the time, I had no idea how much sakura stuff I would accumulate before the event ended.
I caught a silver blossom bee.
I caught a gold blossom bee.
In the game, these rare bees are almost cute. The have wings that seem too small lift them off the ground, and are shaped like fancy lightbulbs. In the real world, bees their size would be absolutely horrifying!
I got a sakura festival banner for completing a bee collection task.
I put this screenshot in here because it was so colorful. What task did I complete? I no longer remember.
What would this sakura cookie give me?
Fortune: You will fearlessly ride the world’s scariest roller coasters.
I got a sakura tunnel.
Completing another one of Katie’s quests resulted in a sakura paper lantern.
By this point, I had gathered up enough sakura items to put them in my campground. It seemed like the thing to do.
The tatami rug is not part of the sakaua festival. It is an item that player can have Cyrus craft for them. I picked this rug because I thought it would go well with all the sakura items I was collecting.
Here is a screenshot from my garden, filled with flowers and rare creature bees. The tasks at the bottom show my progress. They turned out to be repetitive. Catch a certain number of a certain type of bee – now do it again, only catch more this time.
Muffy is playing the sakura toto. The sakura items were starting to take over my camp. All of these pink, flowery, items are not my preferred aesthetic, as you can see by the skull shirt my character is wearing.
I decided to tolerate the sakura stuff for a while. Players can swap items in and out of their campsite at will.
It wasn’t until Katie’s sakura festival was coming to an end that I found the additional quests. All of them required the player to order items from Cyrus. Instead of the usual crafting materials, these items required a certain amount of gyroidites. Players had to gather up these little pink figures from various locations.
These foods were part of the event: peach manjuu, pastel traditional tea set, soup dumplings, and sesame manjuu.
The pastel traditional chair, and the pastel traditional table, were also part of the sakura quests. Crafting each of these items gave players a certain amount of sakura globes. I wanted to find out what would happen if I finished crafting them all before the sakura festival ended.
Here are all of sakura items together. I think it is really cool that you can put all four of the foods on the table at the same time.
The pastel traditional shelf required more pink gyroidites than any of the previous individual items did. It also took longer to craft, but I had enough time left in the sakura festival to finish this quest.
This is what the pastel traditional shelf looks like in my campsite.
The very last sakura quest I had to complete was one that required me to craft the traditional counter. By this point, I lacked the required amount of pink gyroidites it required.
My solution was to go around the map to areas that had gyroidites, pick them all up, and then return a little while later for more. This plan almost worked.
There were only a few hours left in Katie’s sakura festival when I finally collected up the right number of pink gyroidites. That is when I learned this item takes 13 hours – in real time – to craft.
I was unable to complete the last quest, but did end up with the item. Next sakura quest, I suppose I could put all of these things back into my campsite. I kind of want to see how the animal people interact with the traditional counter.