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Japanese people are infatuated with the change of seasons and we can see why! Here you can enjoy sakura in spring, festivals in summer, red leaves in autumn, hot springs in winter, and so many more seasonal delights.

IN HARMONY WITH THE SEASONS: The Seven Autumn Grasses

There is a poem I like from the Edo period..."The Musashino Plain, where for lack of mountains, the moon must rise and set from behind the grasses."  It evokes in me that time in...

Setsubun and mamemaki: where to go to chase the demons out

If you find yourself confused as to why suddenly local supermarkets and convenience stores are stocking up on baked soy beans and showcasing them along with some demonic creatures, don't be, there is a...

Nagasaki Onsen Yasuragi Ioujima Resort Hotel

Get yourself pampered with some of the best hot springs, food, and sights that Nagasaki has to offer Nagasaki Onsen Yasuragi Ioujima Resort Hotel is located on an island facing the sea of Nagasaki and...

A full day of adventure at the Yoshida Fire Festival & Fuji Q Highland

The Yoshida Fire Festival held every year on August 26 and 27 is considered by many Japanese to be one of the great three unique festivals in the country. It takes place at Kitaguchi...
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In harmony with the seasons: Kangetsusai

The beauty of the full moon that occurs in the middle of fall has been admired by the Chinese since ancient times. This “middle of the fall” moon is scheduled by the old Oriental...
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In harmony with the seasons: Choyo no Sekku

The “yang” of the “yin-yang” concept is thought to become too strong and hence inauspicious on dates which are odd-numbered in both day and month. The sekku, or seasonal festival, became an event to...
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In harmony with the seasons: Tanomi Festival – Early September

Tanomi Festival - Early September The “Tanomi Festival” later became the “Hassaku Festival”—written in a different kanji character to mean festival for ‘pleading’—among merchants and samurai warriors, and evolved as a rite to foresee if...

Moerenuma Park – Natural Art & Artistic Nature

Not really seeing where the bus was going, and then awkwardly wandering into a parking space, trying to find Moerenuma park, I ended up crossing a bridge and the first landmark greeting me was...

Ultimate Map of Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan : Tohoku – Aomori Prefecture

Aomori Prefecture 1 ~ 10   1 Yagen Mountain Stream (薬研渓流) in Mutsu A photo posted by キソキソ (@kuwakeen) on Oct 21, 2013 at 9:53pm PDT First colors: Beginning of October Color Peak: Middle of October until the end of...

Discover Murakami, Niigata with Ocean Flavours

Autumn is full of activities in Tohoku! It is the time of year when locals are busy preserving food for the long, harsh winter ahead, and visitors are welcome to have a taste during...