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Spring Cleaning and Spring Specials

Spring Cleaning and Spring Spe...
Are you planning to do a little spring cleaning anytime soon? Well, before you haul away your clothes, consider this good idea that can help you save money, get new clothes and benefit charity as well. Here’s how:

- First, clean out your closet of the clothes you don’t wear anymore.

- Pick out belts, shoes, jewelry and other accessories too.

- Wash your clothes and then tag them with stickers with sizing info.

- Get together with your friends and display the clothes in someone’s house.

- Everyone draw a number out of a hat to see who gets to pick first.

- Bring treats and appetizers to make it a party.

- At the end of the night, whatever items are still unclaimed, you donate to a women’s shelter and support a good cause.

If thrift is your thing, then you should also consider some of Los Angeles’ finest consignment and vintage shops where you’re bound to find amazing style at a fraction of the cost. Drive your LAX rental car to any of these hot spots for a unique shopping experience:

Squaresville is all vintage all the time, reselling retro skirts, jackets, dresses and more in their funky boutique. You can buy, sell and trade here.

Once a month in Pasadena you can attend the Rose Bowl Flea Market, where you’ll shop from over 2,500 vendors. You can find just about anything, including food, and after all that shopping you’ll need it!

Want to wear clothing from a TV or movie set? It’s A Wrap! Is the only place that sells wardrobe and props from actual Hollywood sets. Major discounts and major bragging rights too.

Wasteland is a vintage reseller in multiple California locations and they are inspired by music, history and art. It’s a place for and inspired from artists of all kinds. Their clothes are high end, and their taste is impeccable.

Sunday’s Best Thrift Apparel located on Sunset Blvd is a trendy place to find more vintage goods. Great selection of name brand and high quality clothes for really reasonable prices. You can walk out with a full outfit for under $50.

You can spend hours at Jet Rag looking for clothes, costumes, party apparel and more. They have lots of sales and every Sunday they have a large lot of clothes offered for $1. Can’t beat that!

If you need to get around town in a reliable vehicle, thrifting to your heart’s desire, make sure to check out the Sakura Rent A Car Specials going on now. You can save 15% - 30% on a variety of cars, big and small.
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Spring Things to Do for You!

Spring Things to Do for You!
Spring is here which means out with the old and in with the new! New blooms, fresh outlook on life, maybe a new workout and new adventures in your LAX rental car from Sakura Rent A Car. Check out this list of simple things you can do to kick off spring the right way…

Spring clean. In your car, your desk, your shed or your bedroom, pick a place that could use a little (ahem!) attention this season and make it a more desirable place to be.

Plant some seeds. In the ground, in a container or in your windowsill, put your green thumb to work and grow something this year!

Plan a spring brunch. If you’re not already doing this for Easter, get some friends or family together and put together a potluck picnic, a barbecue or a brunch and come to remember why you love these warmer months.

Take a spring break. The kids get one, why not you? Just for a day. Devote a day to unwind and relax. Take some time to refuel yourself by doing an activity you enjoy.

Bring flowers. To your office, to your friend, to your kitchen table, bring some pretty spring flowers to perk up the environment you’re in and celebrate spring.

Switch up your workout. It doesn’t have to be the same thing every day and it doesn’t have to be in a gym. Walk along the beach or lake, take a hike with your kids, stretch outside, try a group yoga class, wash the car, or get to work in the garden. Digging and planting will definitely cost you a few calories!

Feel like running on the beach these days? That’s a great idea, but this time of year beware of large crowds from spring breakers. The top 5 beaches for spring break in SoCal are Venice Beach, Manhattan Beach, Laguna Beach, Santa Monica and Newport Beach. Lots of fun, but also pretty crowded. Some lesser known beaches that might be less crowded include El Moro at Crystal Cove, Sunset Beach at Huntington Beach, El Matador Beach in Malibu, and La Piedra State Beach.

Make sure you also check out Sakura Rent A Car Spring Specials to get 15% - 30% off selected vehicles such as the Mini Cooper Convertible, the Mustang, Jeep Wrangler, Highlander, Audi A3, Toyota Sienna and more. We have the rental car to fit your needs.
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Where to Easter Brunch in L.A.

Where to Easter Brunch in L.A.
What’s on the menu for Easter Sunday? Most people already have their Easter brunch or dinner traditions set in stone, and the meal is already planned out. But then what do you do with the leftovers? Well, if ham is on the menu, as it is in many households across America, try this delightful recipe the day after for a quick and delicious way to use up the leftover meat:

Ham And Potato Casserole

8 large potatoes, peeled, chopped

4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

1 cup mayonnaise

2 cups diced, fully cooked ham

1 envelope dry onion soup mix

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In pot, cook potatoes in lightly salted water for 10 minutes, or until just barely tender, drain. Add remaining ingredients, mix well. Spoon into well greased 9x13 inch baking pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Watch carefully so that cheese doesn't burn. Cover for last few minutes if it appears to be getting too brown. Let stand for 5 minutes.

If you’re traveling in the Los Angeles area and seeking an Easter meal without the prep, you’ve come to the right city. Take your LAX rental car from Sakura Rent A Car and drive to any of these destinations to spoil your palate:

Ocean Prime in Beverly Hills is serving up amazing eggs benedict and bloody marys garnished with jumbo shrimp. This will be a wonderful dining experience where surf meets turf during Easter brunch.

Toscana in Los Angeles will be serving up rack of lamb, the other traditional protein served up on Easter. You’ll get to enjoy the regular menu as well as some specials just for Sunday.

Pitchoun! Bakery in Los Angeles is where to go to satisfy your sweet tooth. Whimsically-decorated eclairs and holiday-themed chocolates and candies abound.

Del Frisco’s Grille in Pasadena will serve up a traditional brunch menu in addition to slow-roasted prime rib. Check out the truffle-chive deviled eggs too.

Dia Del Campo in Hermosa Beach is serving up brunch with a Tex-Mex twist. The beach is only a few blocks away so enjoy the latin-inspired meal and then a dip in the ocean.

208 Rodeo Restaurant in Beverly Hills will serve up a beautiful brunch on the terrace overlooking the famed Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The foie gras French toast and crab cake benedict is sure to impress.

From all of us at Sakura Rent A Car at LAX , we hope you have a lovely Easter and enjoy some delicious food. Let us know how we can make your travels smoother, and with the sunshine at hand, come in and try out a convertible for the springtime!
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Prepare for April Fool's Day

Prepare for April Fool's Day
If you are a prankster at heart, then you’ve only got a few more days to plan your April Fool’s day joke. At Sakura Rent A Car at LAX , we’ll be on high alert for any pranks people might pull on us April 1st, but we are a friendly crew here so we won’t hold any grudges, only smiles and laughter. Do you want help figuring out some fun-loving pranks to pull on your friends or family? Check out these easy ideas we’ve heard from customers over the years…

- Add a few squirts of lemon juice in the water-filled dinner glasses. Watch your family pucker up with each sip.

- Tell your family or friends you made a special treat for dessert – brownies! Then deliver a platter of cutout paper “Brown E’s.” We highly suggest following this prank with the real thing.

- Plaster sticky notes or paper all over the bathroom mirror, so it has to be uncovered in the morning. Adding smiley faces on the notes is extra credit.

- Fill someone’s closet with blown-up balloons. When they open the door, they should all come spilling out.

- Apply self-adhesive googly eyes to bathroom products, office supplies, the milk jug, anything your heart desires.

- Place a sticker on the bottom of the computer mouse, covering the entire sensor light so the mouse arrow won’t move on the screen.

- Put a plastic beetle or spider on your target’s pillow. If you hear a screech just before bedtime, it’s been found.

Want some bigger laughs than April Fool’s can give you? How about driving your LAX rental car from Sakura to a comedy or improv show in the Los Angeles area? We have no shortage of entertainers and funny people in the region, so you might check out a show coming soon to one of these hot spots for laughter:

The Comedy Store
Hollywood Improv Comedy Club
The Comedy Union
iO West
The J Spot Comedy Club
Chocolate Sundaes Comedy Show
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
Garrett Morris Downtown Blues & Comedy Club
ACME Comedy Theatre
Flappers Comedy Club- Burbank

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Ring in Spring in Los Angeles

Ring in Spring in Los Angeles
Happy first days of spring! We’ve caught spring fever at Sakura Rent A Car at LAX and we can’t help thinking of all the exciting things yet to come this year, starting this season. Let the flowers bloom and the longer days come…check out what’s happening locally in the southern California region this season:

Electric Dusk Drive In. If you have never experienced the thrill of an outdoor movie theater, especially the kind where you can stay in your car, roll down your windows, bring your own snacks, blanket, etc., you have got to experience it firsthand this spring. One of our LAX rental cars with convertible rooftop would be an excellent choice for this unique spring activity. https://www.electricduskdrivein.com/

Los Angeles Beer Festival at LA Center Studios. Over 200 beers from 80 breweries, food trucks, live music and more. If the spring sunshine has you hopping for hops, this is the place you want to go Saturday, April 8th.

Broke LA Music and Arts Festival. It’s sort of the counter event to Coachella lovingly endeared as Brokechella. Come experience live music, comedy and art all in one place for a fraction of the price of the more well-known festivals and concerts. Happening April 8th. http://brokelafest.com/

LA Winefest. There’s no whining at LA’s biggest wine event. Get a taste for wine from all over the world this June when you register for Winefest. Shop artisan merchandise, taste good food, and there’s even beer for when you need a wine break. http://www.lawinefest.com/

Dodgers Baseball. Take me out to the ball game, buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks…or a great big Dodger dog! Nothing better than basking in the sun while your home team wins. Grab some tickets to celebrate a new season of baseball! http://m.dodgers.mlb.com/schedule/

Long Beach Grand Prix. Come watch six spectacular races, participate in family fun, listen to live concerts, taste some good old comfort food. The Toyota Grand Prix is a unique way to get the adrenaline running through your body. We know a little something about cars where we work, and can appreciate these special race vehicles. https://gplb.com/

Renaissance Pleasure Faire. Bringing to life kings and queens, knights of the roundtable, dragons and more, the Renaissance Pleasure Faire is an exciting journey back in time for the whole family. With live performances, great food, kid activities, and lots of incredible costumes, you won’t want to miss this event happening thru May. http://renfair.com/socal/
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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Los Angeles

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in ...
In the spirit of getting for ready for St. Patrick’s Day, we want to give you some yummy things to think about, in preparation for a day of all things green. Check out some simple ideas to make March 17 more fun and memorable, add any of these to your shopping list and you’re sure to be the hit at the dining room table or at the office or at the St. Paddy’s party…

- Bake regular cookies, just add food coloring. White chocolate chips make it look greener with fewer drops.

- Wash green grapes but leave them a little wet. Sprinkle a box of lime Jell-O over them and you have St. Patty's Day sour treats.

- Put Lucky Charms in green milk.

- Put corned beef in the oven on 250 degrees drenched in Guinness (the alcohol will cook out). Cook shredded cabbage in Guinness on high heat in a frying pan for a few minutes and drain.

- Make green eggs and ham! Food coloring does wonders.

- Bake "green velvet" cake (instead of red velvet) with green icing and serve with green punch or green-colored milk.

- Fill egg roll wraps with shredded cabbage and carrots, corned beef, salt, pepper and a pinch of vinegar. Seal and fry them up.

If you’re looking to get out around the town to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, drive your LAX rental car from Sakura Rent A Car to one of these trendy spots. Just make sure you wear green or you’re bound to get pinched!

Shamrock ‘n Roll Aboard The Queen Mary. Live modern music and Irish comfort food, pub games and beverages will be flowing.

Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Experince bagpipers, floats, horses, marching bands and all things dressed in green at this fun family parade where over 100 businesses, organizations and school marching bands participate.

Rock & Reilly’s St. Paddy’s Block Party. Live music, photo booths, games, face painting, food and lots of beer to get you in the spirit of things. Proceeds from ticket sales go to charity.

Casey’s Irish Pub 44th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival. This one goes all night. Well, till 2 am. Traditional Irish fare and lots of happy revelers abound.

Rockin’ Shamrock 5k, 10k, Half Marathon. Instead of getting your fill of Irish food, how about getting your fill of exercise? Work off the corned beef before you put it on at the Shamrock run.

Santa Monica St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl. St. Paddy’s wouldn’t be complete without a pub crawl option on record. Get in your green-themed attire and be ready to take over Main street with other party-goers.
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Spring Forward and Stay Alert

Spring Forward and Stay Alert
The good news is the days will get longer. The bad news is we lose an hour of sleep when we adjust our clocks this weekend for daylight saving time. It’s only an hour, so why does it hit some of us so hard? Well, at Sakura Rent A Car at LAX , we’re not the experts on our body’s biology so we don’t have that answer, however, we do offer some good ideas as to what you can do to combat grogginess that may occur in the days following. We’ve been there, done that, just like the rest of you, so we’ve compiled a list between our staff to give you some ideas to consider for the coming week.

Try not to nap. You may be extra tired next week but napping will only throw off your sleep schedule. Work thru the tiredness so you can climb into bed and hopefully get a full, good night’s rest.

Eat a healthy breakfast that includes carbohydrates, lean protein and fiber. Don’t skip breakfast, it really is the gas that gives you the go for the rest of the day. Without that proper fuel, you may struggle to stay awake.

Drink a glass of water before starting your day. You probably have a cup of coffee, so do we. But do you get enough water before you leave your home?

Exercise on most days. Get your heart pumping and your energy will skyrocket. It’s hard to get the motivation to start some days, but if you do even a small workout, you’ll thank yourself later.

Let natural light into your home. When you get up, soak in the sunshine. The natural light gives us a natural burst of energy.

Stop hitting snooze. Don’t train your body to sleep thru snooze, train your body to wake up when you hear that first alarm and over time it should be easier to jump out of bed.

Change your alarm to happy songs. If you wake up to music, why not wake up to a playlist or station of songs you know will lift your mood?

Take a morning shower. Get an energizing body wash and shower in the morning to help wake you up and put a little pep in your step.

Don’t watch TV before bed. It’s said the bright light of the screen can affect your sleep quality, so try turning it off an hour before bedtime. Read a book or play some relaxing music.

However you cope with the spring forward, we sure hope you have plans to get out and around the Los Angeles area to experience that extra daylight! If you need an LAX rental car to get to your destination, we can put you in one that is clean, reliable and price-competitive. Call us at Sakura today!
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Big Name Concerts Coming to L.A. this Spring

Big Name Concerts Coming to ...
People often travel to Los Angeles to get their fill of big entertainment, whether it’s the theme parks or the concerts and festivals, we’ve got a lot going on all year round. We’re coming into spring season which is kind of perfect in Los Angeles, not too hot, not too cold. You can start to dig out your sandals and let those toes breath a little more. Put the sweaters away for next year, and get those arms a little sun-kissed. Sakura Rent A Car at LAX will make it easy for those of you flying into the city, whether it be for a vacation or business trip, to get to where you need to go. We just want to make sure your experience is easy and flawless, and we know you’ll be happy with the quality and care of our LAX rental cars . For now, check out some of the hottest concerts coming to town this spring…

Red Hot Chili Peppers

The iconic 90s band is making its way to the Staples Center March 7 – 8 and you’ll likely get a good mix of some of their breakout hits such as “Californication,” “Give it Away,” and “Scar Tissue,” but they’re also touring to promote their latest album, The Getaway. You’re bound to be spellbound by Anthony Kiedis and Flea jamming together on stage – it’s like they never grow old and their music never goes out of style. Definitely a show to behold.


It’s a three-day lineup of bands from all over. Hundreds of thousands of music lovers come to camp, party, dance and sing at one of the most lively, epic music festivals in the nation. You’ll get the local performers, regional musicians you love and then you’ll also see top headliners like Radiohead, Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar on stage. This popular festival, which also features food and art aside a picturesque mountainous background, takes place in Indio from April 14 – 16 and April 21 – 23.

In May things really start to heat up for concert season. You can see iconic psychedelic 80s band The Flaming Lips at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on May 9. Prepare for a night of colorful costumes and synthesizers to complete the experience. Train will be at the Hollywood Bowl on May 13 to play some new tracks and belt out some of your old favorites such as “Hey, Soul Sister” as well. No doubt you’ll learn the catchy new songs in a heartbeat. O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield will be the openers for that concert. Because he is smooth like Tennessee whiskey, Chris Stapleton is set to impress everyone who comes to see him at The Forum on May 20. His raspy lyrics are hard to miss, and even harder not to feel deep down in your soul. Bryan Adams, famous for his gravelly-voiced love ballads returns to L.A. for a night at Greek Theatre in Griffith Park on May 20. Take your sweetheart and fall in love all over again. Finally, U2, one of the most mega-famous, most popular bands in the universe plays at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena May 20 – 21. If you can get tickets, it’s sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime show.
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One Less Thing to Stress

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We live in one of the busiest cities in an already complicated world, and it’s so easy to let stress get the best of you. The good news is there are things that can be done to fight off stress. Little things like waking up 15 minutes earlier so you don’t feel so rushed in the morning. Cleaning out a closet. Really. It’s that whole declutter your life, declutter your mind tactic that seems to help. Fix something that’s broken, and if you can’t fix it, donate it or toss it. Get rid of things that aren’t useful to you or don’t give you any pleasure.

Then there are things that may be more difficult to do. Like saying “no” when you’re already overburdened. Or fitting in some play time or rest time each day. Or quitting a bad habit. Or quitting a bad relationship. Something that really helps in situations like these is calling up a good friend. When you need to vent, when you need encouragement, when you need help, lean on someone you trust. Don’t try to bottle up your stress and frustrations.

Believe it or not, volunteering for a good cause is a great way to ease stress. When you feel good about what you’re doing, it’s hard for stress to creep in. Plus, when you’re helping people who really need it, you gain perspective and appreciate all the good in your life you may have taken for granted. Gratitude will kick stress into last week!

And finally, just be you. Just be human, and know it’s okay to have really bad days once in a while. And on those bad days, here are a few places to consider escaping to around the Los Angeles region to rejuvenate your mind and body:

Suiho-En The Japanese Garden, Van Nuys

Yoga Circle Downtown

Larchmont Sanctuary Spa, Downtown

The Last Bookstore, Downtown

Tanner’s Coffee Co., Culver City

Eaton Canyon Nature Reserve, Pasadena

When you're searching for LAX rental cars to get you to your relaxing destination in Southern California, be sure to contact Sakura Rent A Car, conveniently located at LAX International Airport. We have all the modern rental cars, from economy to passenger vans, equipped with modern features you want at a competitive rate. We make your car renting experience as stress-free as possible.
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Love Songs for the Road

Love Songs for the Road
Whether it makes your heart flutter or ache, a good love song can strike just the right chord when it comes to your romantic situation. Since it’s Valentine’s Day today (hopefully that didn’t come as a surprise to any of you), we at Sakura Rent A Car at LAX took the opportunity to compile a list of love songs you should download for the road. Whether you’re stuck in Los Angeles I-5 traffic or you’re on one great epic road trip, any of these songs will help lighten the mood and entice you to sing along. If you really want to wear your heart on your sleeve this Valentine's Day, do it with lyrics. Start with these modern songs to help you build your playlist...

All Of Me - John Legend
Love Don't Die - The Fray
Unconditionally - Katy Perry
Love Somebody - Maroon 5
Say Something - A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera
To Be Loved - Michael Bublé
Who You Love - John Mayer & Katy Perry
Stay - Rihanna & Mikky Ekko
True Love - Pink
Mirrors - Justin Timberlake
Red - Taylor Swift
When I Was Your Man - Bruno Mars

All of our LAX rental cars are modern and maintained so you can plug in your phones and playlists and sing along to your favorite tunes while visiting our Southern California region. Every good trip deserves good music to get you where you need to go.

And by the way, for the music buffs in your life, check out some of the area record stores for the real vinyl gems. Permanent Records on Sunset Boulevard is a cozy record store with all the greats from yesterday. It’s got a hip vibe with a cool staff and you’re sure to impress someone you love by taking them there. The Record Parlor on Selma Ave and Touch Vinyl on Sawtelle Blvd are very similar venues, offering the best in vinyl records, vintage sound systems, posters, even live music on occasion. And these shops tend to staff people who love music, know a lot about music, and love to talk about music, so go have yourself a ball getting reacquainted with vinyl records.
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