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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.).
There is one of the most important school events of the year in March, a graduation ceremony. Many people have memories of the ceremony as most of all schools carry out them, from elementary schools, junior high schools, high schools, vocational schools to universities.
Spring is a season which you can enjoy the most delicious taste of strawberry of year. Then, many strawberry farms are open to the public so that everyone can enjoy strawberry picking.
Some people also use the word “Sakura” for other types of blooming flowers. The “Shiba Zakura (Sakura)” is one example: this flower is actually Phlox subulata.
“Shinzen Kekkonshiki” is one of the wedding styles popular in Japan. It is a Shinto style wedding, which means a wedding before the gods. One of the highlights at the ceremony is the drinking of sake by the couples with three different sizes of flat cups called “sakazuki”.
Ume(Japanese apricot or plum) blooms early in spring, and is also called “Harutsugegusa,” meaning “a flower that tells people the coming of springtime.”
“Hinamatsuri”, Japanese Doll’s Festival, means “pray for the happiness of girls”. In the festival, Japanese people display dolls such as “Odairisama”, which means “Emperor”, and “Ohinasama”, which means “Empress” on a stepped pedestal in each household.
Japanese people love “donburi” (or “donburi-mono”), which refers to a deep bowl of rice topped with a variety of ingredients that are either cooked or fresh.
“Kawazu-zakura”, which is located in Shizuoka prefecture near Tokyo, is a famous cherry blossom viewing spot.
Japanese chopsticks, “Hashi” are unique and it is said that they represent Japanese food culture. Japanese people have and use their own chopsticks at home.
Probably you already know that “Kimono” presents Japan’s national costume. In Japan, we have many kinds of “Kimono” so we just sorted them out by shapes, purposes or materials.
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