Seasonal Activities

toshikoshisoba
2014.12.19
【WINTER】Eating “Toshikoshi Soba Noodles” on December 31st will give you good fortune?
New years Eve (Omisoka) has arrived! In Japan we call the last day of the year, December 31st, Omisoka. This day is to rid oneself of negativity
toshinoichi
2014.12.18
【WINTER】"Toshi-no-ichi Hagoita-ichi," an end of the year event that presents an array of Tokyo traditional craft items
A major year-end event that is bustling from morning till night The Toshi-no-ichi (Year-end Fair) is held each year from December 16th through 19
2014.12.17
【WINTER】The ‘Nengajo’ Postcard: a heartwarming tradition of the Japanese New Year
Japanese people exchange Nengajo postcards as New Year Greetings, much like Western people sending Christmas cards to each other.
kapibara
2014.11.26
【WINTER】Common during the winter? The sight of capybaras comfortably bathing in hot springs has a healing effect. “Izu Shaboten Park”
It is not only humans who like hot springs! Japan has grown chillier and it is currently very cold; we can feel the depth of winter approaching d
2014.11.21
【AUTUMN】“Dried persimmons,” delicious dry fruits typical of the Japanese fall
Persimmons are a gift from the heavens that can be used in many ways What kind of dried fruits do you eat in your country? "Persimmon" ("kaki," i
2014.10.28
【AUTUMN】Let’s go see one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan with red leaves that are illuminated!
A Japanese garden that you can enjoy every season and has been loved by successive domain lords for a long time “Kenroku-en,” the domain lord f
2014.10.15
【AUTUMN】A vast golden carpet, the Sengokuhara Japanese “Pampas Grass Field in Hakone”
Japanese pampas grass, a symbol of autumn in Japan nears its peak viewing season In Japan, when autumn arrives, Japanese pampas grass turns gold
2014.09.10
【SUMMER】Let's listen to the “voices of the insects” and enjoy Japan's rich nature and soul.
■The Japanese feel that insects, also have a “voice.” As autumn draws near, you can start to hear all kinds of insect cries in the evenings. When
2014.09.03
【AUTUMN】Tsukimi, the 'Moon-Viewing': How the Japanese Honor the Harvest Moon
Learn the customs and symbols for the most typical Japanese autumn celebration.
2014.08.16
3 Typical Souvenirs of the Japanese Summer
Are you looking for a gift? Something not too heavy and reasonably priced? Here are three traditional objects to bring back home as souvenirs of the J
2014.08.09
【SUMMER】7 Japanese traditions for "Obon", honoring the spirits of the ancestors
Very much like the New Year, Obon is a very important familial event in Japan. Here are a few customs you may observe during this period.
2014.08.07
【SUMMER】Reduce the temperature by two degrees just by sprinkling water? A traditional piece of cooling wisdom.
“Uchimizu,” an environmentally friendly method for spending the hot summer more comfortably. When you travel in Japan during the summer you'll pr
2014.08.05
【SUMMER】Radio Taiso
How about waking up early and joining a local radio exercise class to invigorate yourself? The long summer break for school children begins in Ju
2014.08.02
【SUMMER】”Watermelon splitting”, a popular game in Japan
Can you split a watermelon with a stick blindfolded? During summers in Japan, watermelon is a favorite snack and the game of watermelon splitting
2014.07.26
【SUMMER】Summer’s here and it’s time for beer! Welcome to beer gardens in Japan.
Let’s have a nice cold beer to beat the summer heat.