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The shaved ice called “Kakigori” is one of the most common street foods during the summer festival (“natsu matsuri”) season in Japan. If you can go to a specialty store for “Kakigori,” you can enjoy it during all seasons.
There are a variety of amphibian buses for sightseeing in and near Tokyo.
Famous “Aizome,” indigo dye commonly known as “Japan Blue” or “Hiroshige Blue,” is produced from the Japanese indigo plant using an extraction process called “Tate.” The Japanese famous artist, Hiroshige (Hiroshige Utagawa) used the glorious blue color in his paintings.
“Tanabata” is an event held on July, 7th. A famous festival is “Sendai Tanabata Matsuri”, held in Sendai city, which belongs to Miyagi prefecture in Tohoku district. Usually, it is held on August 6th, 7th, and 8th, which is July according to the Chinese calendar.
Kanji is a typical form of the characters used in Japan. Each Kanji character represents its meaning by virtue of its shape.
Hato bus is the most common sightseeing bus available in Tokyo. There are multiple options beyond Hato bus to enjoy Tokyo comfortably.
Rice cake is a Japanese food that is eaten at honored occasion or honored day. Previously, it was a special food only for honored occasion like the New Year’s party, and no one can eat it at an ordinary day. Today, you can eat rice cake whenever you like.
Japanese Imperial Palace is built on the ruin of the previous Edo Castle, which was the center of government in Edo period.
“Katsuo” means bonito and is being commonly enjoyed in Japan. It is characteristic that the first bonito of the season is considered a seasonal tradition of early summer.
In modern Japan, for the wishes of their sons growing up to be strong healthy boys, Japanese people display imitate Kabuto in their house every May 5th.
Originally, “Koinobori”, Carp Windsock, was to be enjoyed by families, but now, there are many “Koinobori” festivals in Japan, in parks, in nature such as mountains and rivers, or using building structures such as the famous Tokyo Tower.
The Ise Grand Shrine (Ise Jingu) located in Mie Prefecture is the most sacred Shinto Shrine in Japan, where more than seven million pilgrims and tourists visit through a year.
Tsubaki is a Japanese camellia. Its season is from December (the earliest) to April (the latest). A lot of places hold Tsubaki festivals during that time.
Using chopsticks in a bad manner is likely to be thought as a shame in Japan, but, to tell the truth, some of the current Japanese people cannot use them appropriately. To complete the good manner is still challenging, also for Japanese people.
“Tsukemono,” Japanese pickles are suitable to be eaten with cooked rice or even go with tea time.
It is specific in Japan that the entrance ceremony is held in April, while such ceremonies are often held in September in many countries. Typically, the picture of a school with cherry blossom or a signboard saying “入学式” (meaning an entrance ceremony) represents spring, the season of meeting new people.
There are a lot of parks with beautiful sakura (cherry blossom) in Tokyo. Sakura blossom around a pond is really worth viewing. In some rivers, a boat may be operated by a crewman in sakura season. Almost every day, you can take the boat to enjoy the beautiful blossoms along the river.
If you love hiking, don't miss this Hakone Old Tokaido Road! You can catch an exclusive train easily from Shinjuku to Hakone-Yumoto station. The Hokone Old Tokaido Road is full of history from Edo era. You can see the Mt. Fuji view from Lake Ashinoko as well. Here is our experience from hiking at Hakone Old Tokaido Road, enjoy!
Double cherry blossoms are now blooming in the spring season. It starts in the middle of April. Visitors can enjoy many types of double cherry blossoms at Shinjuku Gyoen. Here is an information of Shinjuku Gyoen and types of double cherry blossoms.
In Japan, there have been used 247 era names in total, from “Taika” (645-650 A.D.) to “Heisei” (1989-2019 A.D.).
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