Hanami and Cherry Blossoms in Japan

Hanami (cherry blossom viewing party) in Japan

Needless to say, Sakura (cherry blossoms) would be the biggest attraction during spring in Japan for many people. The cherry blossoms usually start fully blooming in the southern part of Japan around the end of March and gradually move up to the northern part of Japan. The blooming time is only for a week or…

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Valentine’s Day in Japan

chocolates display in pink and red on Valentine's Day in Japan blog

What is Valentine’s Day in Japan like? Is Valentine’s Day celebrated in Japan? Valentine’s Day occurs every February 14th around the world and generally people exchange candy, flowers and gifts between loved ones and special friends. Indeed, when the tradition started men gave gifts to ladies they secretly admired. The mysterious far eastern country, Japan,…

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Setsubun in Japan

Setsubun, Japanese culture, ritual, tradition, Japanese foods

Setsubun “節分” is the day before the beginning of spring in the old calendar in Japan (This year it was 2nd February). On this day, we throw soybeans to Oni (demons) while shouting “Oni wa soto, Fuku wa uchi! (Devils out, Fortune in!)”. The Mame maki (throwing beans) and eating a whole Sushi roll (Eho-maki)…

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Winter in Hokkaido and Sapporo Snow Festival

sapporo snow festival, winter, hokkaido

If you are thinking about a winter trip to Japan, we highly recommend you include Hokkaido where you can have the best snow and winter experience! Hokkaido is the northern end of Japan’s island and the largest prefecture in Japan. The capital city of Hokkaido is Sapporo, and it takes just less than 2 hours…

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Takayama Festival

The Takayama Spring Festival starts mid April and runs for two days. The centuries old Takayama festival apparently started in the 17th century. There is little documented history about the start of the event, it is held to commemorate a good harvest. One of the largest festivals in Japan, it is a spectacle not to miss. The…

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