Obon week Aug 13-16

Obon is the Buddhist annual custom held in Aug 13-16(in some areas July)honoring the spirits of one’s ancestors. Though not designated as national holidays, most companies set as company holidays, making one of the long holidays in Japan. Many people go back hometown or travel, causing traffic congestion. Our ancestors’ spirits coming back to family. Our ancestors’ spirts are believed to come back to the family in our world during Obon week in Buddhism. It is common practice for people to go back home and visit family graves, making this period reunion for the separated families gathering together. How people cerebrate Obon? A small fire to show the way. On […]

Marine Day

The third Monday of July is cerebrated as Marine Day in Japan. Marine Day is a national holiday which is relatively new to us. Being established in 1996, originally held on July 20. As Japan adopted Happy Monday System by the revision of the National Holidays Law, Marine Day has moved to the third Monday in July since 2003. It is the day appreciate for the ocean and prosperity of maritime Japan. The Meiji Emperor sailed on a steamship in 1876. The holiday has its origin in the fact that the Meiji Emperor had an Imperial tour to Tohoku (North part of main island of Japan) and sailed back from […]

How to pass through Chinowa ring.

Chinowa-kuguri(茅の輪くぐり) is Shinto’s annual custom of purification usually held on June 30(some are in sometime in June). It is part of Nagoshi-no-harae” (夏越しの祓え), or summer purification ceremony. Chinowa means “ring of cogon grass” and kuguri means “passing through”. Nagoshi means “over summer” and harae means “purification”. The idea is “Just half a year has passed since a New Year’s Day. Our bodies are gradually polluted by the daily evils. So we want to cleanse our bodies to greet next half a year with good health.” Traditional way to feel refresh before hot summer. The ring remains usually till July. If you visit the shrines during this season, you might find […]

Tanabata Festival on July 7th

Tanabata is the Star Festival. Tanabata is an annual festival held on July 7th (some are on Aug). It cerebrates the two star-crossed deities meet each other once a year in the heavens. Often translated to Star Festival or The Festival of the Weaver. According to the legend, on the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar, two deities separated by the Milkey Way can meet each other in the heavens. We celebrate this event with writing our wishes on narrow colorful strips of papers hung on bamboo branches to pray our wishes come true.Children love this event and you can see many bamboo displays ornamented by […]

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Sanja Matsuri, or Sanja Festival is annual Asakusa festival held in the third weekends of May. One of the biggest festivals in Tokyo. 

Sanja Matsuri, or Sanja Festival is annual Asakusa festival held in the third weekends of May. One of the biggest festivals in Tokyo.   People wearing Happi coats carry portable shrines through the streets to bring the Gods’ blessing to the whole local area. Each group has their own portable shrine and their own Happi, tightens togetherness.   The most major three portable shrines belong to Asakusa Shrine. “Sanja” means three shrines, representing three people found a statue of Buddha in the 7th century. The statue is now enshrined in Senso-ji Temple and three people found the statue are enshrined in Asakusa Shrine.  #三社祭 #浅草 #浅草神社 #浅草寺 […]

The iconic Kaminarimon Gate, or Thunder Gate of Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa was folded for Sanja Matsuri, Sanja Festival on last weekends.

The iconic Kaminarimon Gate, or Thunder Gate of Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa was folded for Sanja Matsuri, Sanja Festival on last weekends.  It is rare to see to be folded. Only when the festival or very bad storm, it is folded. In the festival, Mikoshi, portable shrines go under the big folded lantern.  #三社祭 #雷門 #浅草寺  #kaminarimon #kaminarimongate #thundergate #sanjamatsuri #sanjafestival #asakusa #sensojitemple #japan #japan_of_insta # japanesefestival Facebook

Magome-Juku, one of the Nakasendo’s old post stations from the Edo period, which retains old serene atmosphere. Famous for its old trail covered by stones.

Magome-Juku, one of the Nakasendo’s old post stations from the Edo period, which retains old serene atmosphere. Famous for its old trail covered by stones.  Located in Kiso area which is the present Gifu prefecture.  #馬籠宿 #木曽 #中山道  #magomejuku #kiso #nakasendo #japan #japan_of_insta #travelstagram #travelgram  Facebook

Nyanto Exhibit at Hyakudan-Kaidan in Meguro-Gajoen-Hotel is being held until May 13th.

Nyanto Exhibit at Hyakudan-Kaidan in Meguro-Gajoen-Hotel is being held until May 13th.  All arts are associated with cats. Ukiyo-e paintings, beckoning cats and other cultural assets can be enjoyed. If you like cats, it’ll give you good healing.  Hyakudome-Kaidai building itself is cultural asset and worth to see.  #猫都の国宝展 #目黒雅叙園 #ホテル雅叙園東京 #百段階段  #nyanto #cat #cats #hyakudankaidan #megurogajoen #hotelgajoentokyo #japan #japan_of_insta #japaneseculture #japaneseart Facebook

🍑 🍑 🍑Hana-Momo”, peach blossoms in bloom. Photo taken in Tsukikawa-Onden Hanamoto-no-Sato in Nagano prefecture on May 1st 2018. 

🍑 🍑 🍑Hana-Momo”, peach blossoms in bloom. Photo taken in Tsukikawa-Onden Hanamoto-no-Sato in Nagano prefecture on May 1st 2018.   Hanamoto-Kaido is well-known for its beautiful ornamental peach blossoms. Peach trees which have three colored flower petal with crimson, pink and pure white are impressive. 4km path along the river with 5000 peach trees.  Peach festival 2018 was April 18 to May 6th. During festival many carp shaped streamers hung over the river.  🍑 🎏 🍑 🎏 🍑 #花桃 #花桃まつり #月川温泉花桃の里 #花桃街道 #桃源郷  #hanamomo #peachblossom #peachblosdoms #japan 🇯🇵 #japaneseculture #japan_of_insta #travelgram #travelstagram Facebook

🎏 🎏 🎏 Koi-Nobori”, carp shaped streamers swimming in the blue sky.

🎏 🎏 🎏 Koi-Nobori”, carp shaped streamers swimming in the blue sky.  They are raised to cerebrate Children’s Day on May 5th. It comes from the Chinese legend that a carp swimming upstream finally turned to a dragon after he overcame the waterfall. The families with boys raise the carp streamers on the pole outside their houses around May 5th to pray for boys’ healthy growth.  Some regions held big Koi-Nobori Festivals with numerous streamers.   Photo taken in Tsukikawa-Onden Hanamoto-no-Sato in Nagano prefecture.   🎏 🎏 🎏 🎏 🎏 #鯉のぼり #花桃まつり #月川温泉花桃の里   #carpstreamer #carpstreamers #koinobori #japan 🇯🇵 #japaneseculture #japan_of_insta #travelgram #travelstagram Facebook

Children’s Day

Children’s Day is former Boys’ Day May 5th is celebrated as Children’s day in Japan. It used to be Boys’ Festival. As it is designated as a national holiday, it turned to  “Children’s Day” for both boys and girls, because we have Girls’ Festival known as Doll Festival on March 3rd but not registered as a national holiday, it’s fair to have a national holiday for both. Displaying Samurai armor dolls is common practice. It is traditionally for Boys. The families with boys display Samurai armor dolls called “Gogatsu-ningyo” and Samurai helmet called “Kabuto” in their houses to pray boys will grow as strong as Samurai warriors. “Gogatsu” means May and […]

Golden Week

Golden Week is one of three annual holiday seasons in Japan. Golden Week is a week with many national holidays which starts on April 29th. How long we have as Golden Week depends on the year calendar. Many people travel during this period, therefore everywhere gets packed with people including accommodations and transportations. It’s better to consider the congestion in the planning of travel. Golden Week consists of 4 national holidays below. Showa Day on Apr 29th It used to be celebrated as the birthday of Emperor Showa. Now is the day to reflect on Showa Period when the recovery was made after the war. Constitution Memorial Day on May 3rd The […]