Plum Festivals started here and there as plum blossoms began blooming. Yushima Tenjin Shrine where I often visit is one of the famous places for Plum Festivals. I went to the festival last year but why not go there again this year? The festival is held from 8 February until 25 February. Advertisements
3 February is the day of Setsubun in Japan which means the “division of the seasons”. Therefore, there are four Setsubun in a year but in modern era, it is Setsubun in February that we celebrate. The next day of Setsubun is the first day of spring and on the day of Setsubun, we throw roasted soybeans to drive…
You may think there are few flowers during winter time. Maybe yes, but still, you can enjoy botanical gardens. Here are winter flowers I could see in the usual botanical gardens I visit.
The parks in Tokyo were sometimes the former property of samurai during Edo era when Shogun built a military government during 17th – 19th Century. Higo Hosokawa Garden in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo is one of such parks. “Higo” is current Kumamot Prefecture and Higo or Kumamoto was the property of Hosokawa Family. During Edo Era, samurai leaders had to…
When I visited Korakuen Garden to see the autumn leaves, there was a dance performance. It was sato-kagura dance, a religious dance dedicated to Shinto God. The dance was based on an old story of Samurai‘s going to a mountain to admire autumn leaves.
The weather was good today and I saw autumn sky in the morning. So I decided to visit Koishikawa Botanical Gardens.
November is a season for chrysanthemum, the flower Japanese people like from the ancient times. Therefore, we have chrysanthemum festivals here and there. Yushima Tenjin Shrine which is a sacred place to pray for your success in academics also has Chrysanthemum Festival at this time of the year.