cherry blossom forecast: (Japanese version only) version only) (Japanese version only)  

when and where to see cherry blossoms (Japanese version only):

1-30 April Miyako Odori(Cherry Dance), Kyoto
Maiko and geiko dance performances
Advance tickets are available from overseas at:
The performances wil be done at Kyoto Art Theater “Shunjuza”( again this year.

seasonal flowers:

Friday, January 2, 2015

New Year 2015

Happy New Year!
I hope this year will be a good one.

It was a snowy New Year's Day in many areas including Yokohama.

According to the Chinese zodiac, 2015 is the Year of the Sheep.

New Year's card

"未" means sheep.

Sacred arrows(破魔矢, hamaya)  exorcise evil spirits.

New Year's card

Ema (a votive horse tablet)

New Year's card

New Year's rice cakes(Kagami-mochi)

New Year's card

Kadomatsu (New Year's pine decoration)

Boys used to  play a game of top‐spinning.

New Year's card

Ready-made New Year's dishes are set in three-tiered boxes.

a simmered dish called 'Onishime'