Thursday, October 24, 2019

Winter Events & Traditions

Winter Japanese traditions, festivals, and illuminations.

Yokote Kamakura (Snow Huts)

Playing in snow huts is a popular pastime in winter for children living in the heavy snowfall areas. They make snow huts called "Kamakura " in which they play games and eat traditional delicacies. Yokote...

Sapporo Snow Festival

The festival, the biggest in scale of this kind, started in 1950, and has become one of the most popular events in winter for now. Approximately 230 snow creations and ice sculptures are exhibited...

Join the Kase-dori Festival and bring in a prosperous year

If you happen to visit Yamagata prefecture during February, don’t miss the Kase-dori Festival held in Kaminoyama City. Yamagata, one of the northern prefectures of Japan, is known for its snow laden climate and great...

7 Great Winter Activities in Northern Tohoku

1. Get sporty Winter in Northern Tohoku is a paradise for those who enjoy winter sports. Majestic mountain ranges carpeted in fresh powder snow provide a number of great ski hills all over the region....

In Harmony with the Seasons: Zoni

Zoni is the name of a soup containing mochi that is traditionally eaten in Japanese households on the first day of the New Year. Depending on the region, the ingredients can vary, and the...

Kakizome: The First Writing Of A Year

Happy New Year! Out with the old and in with the new. The beginning of the year is a perfect time to decide what we want to accomplish for that year. So what is your New...

In Harmony with the Seasons: Toshikoshi Soba

The tradition of eating soba on the last day of the year - Dec 31, also called omisoka - has been around in Japan since the mid-18th century, or the mid-Edo era. This came...

A Taste of Sh旬n: Christmas, A Time For…Fried Chicken?

For most part of the world that celebrates Christmas, a roast turkey is the main star of the Christmas meal. But in Japan, Christmas means a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken. There are various theories...