I always see artwork depicting cherry trees loaded with blossoms as indicative of Japan as maple trees are for New England and palm and coconut trees are for Hawaii and the Carribean.
So why do I NEVER see any cherry desserts in Japanese restaurants? Yes, they'll have green tea and/or red bean ice cream, sometimes in mochi, sometimes straight up, but when I go to a Japanese restaurant, I am amazed when the dessert choices include moltern chocolate cake and apple strudel (!!) I know they get these from a dessert supplier, but WHY are they serving them? After spending a meal of sushi, udon, rice, tempura, all eaten with gara and wasabi using chopsticks and downed with saki, I would NEVER sit back and think "Now...the APPLE STRUDEL!"
I'm thinking more of a couple steamed rice cakes with cherry sauce.