Visiting Seven Lucky Gods

In Japan, we have a custom to visit temples of Lucky Gods as a New Year celebration.  “Lucky Gods” consist of seven Buddhas – three from China, three from India and one from Japan.  And these seven temples exist everywhere in Japan so in each region, locals visit their own seven temples.  When visiting these…

Cherry Blossoms in Asukayama Park

Asukayama Park is one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo from centuries ago.  It was Shogun Yoshimune in early 18th century who started opening this park to the general public and allowed them to enjoy cherry blossom viewing.  There were Ukiyoe paintings which showed cherry blossoms and people picnicing. The culture of…