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:

2017 calendar (July - Sept) - updated 8 June 2017

:national holidays
:the 24 solar terms in traditional East Asian lunisolar calendars


1 July  The season for Mt. Fuji climbing starts(富士山開き), Shizuoka and Ymanashi Prefecture
             The Edo Shogunate donated Mt. Fuji's entire top from the 8th stage upwards to The Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha in 1779. The national government claimed title to the land, but the Supreme Court recognized the land as the shrine's grounds in 1974.
                Mount Fuji was registered as the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site "Fujisan, Sacred Place and Source of Artistic Inspiration" on June 26 in 2013.
              Mount Fuji is the source of many rivers including these rivers, springs, the Fuji five lakes.  However, no river flows over the surface of the mountain.
          Shrines included in Mt. Fuji World Heritage Site worship the female deity of water.
        Mt. Fuji worshippers including Fuji-ko pilgrims, oshi houses

1-15 July  Hakata Gion Yamakasa(博多祇園山笠), Fukuoka Prefecture
                  The highlight of Hakata Gion Yamakasa is Oiyama that nearly-naked men swiftly draw decorated floats on the 15th.
1-31 July The Gion Festival (祇園まつり) at Yasaka Shrine, Kyoto

                  The festival started to counteract the epidemic spreading across Japan in 869.

4-6 July  Moshioyaki-shinji(藻塩焼神事), Miyagi Prefecture
              Salt is made using an anient method at this event.
6-8 July  The Iriya Morning Glory Fair(入谷朝顔市), Tokyo
               Morning Glory and Tanabata
               morning glory exhibitions
7 July  The Star Festival (七夕, Tanabata)
            Kaeru-Tobi-Gyouji(蛙飛び行事:the ritual of hopping frog) , Nara Prefecture
                lesser-known, but unique event with a history of over 1,000 years
9-10 July Chinese lantern plant Fair (ほおずき市) at Sensou-ji temple(浅草寺), Tokyo
15 July The Bon festival (盂蘭盆会, Urabon-e)
                 It's held in August according to the lunar calendar in most areas, but it's done in some areas according to the solar calendar.
17 July  Marine Day (海の日)
19-23 July Wind-bells Bazaar at Kawasaki Daishi(川崎大師), Kanagawa Prefecture
20-24 July Osorezan Taisai Festival(恐山大祭), Aomori Prefecture
20 and 27 July  Sagimai(鷺舞, the heron dance),Tsuwano, Shimane Prefecture

24 and 25 July  The OsakaTenjin Festival(大阪天神祭), Osaka
                This festival is said to be one of the three major festivals in Japan.
25 July the day of the ox in mid-summer (土用の丑の日)
(6 Aug  the second day of the ox in mid-summer )
            People eat grilled eel on the day of the ox in mid-summer to recover from fatigue.
29 July The Sumida River Fireworks Festival (隅田川花火大会)
            Japanese fireworks
            firework festivals from July to October
29-31 July The Soma Nomaoi(相馬野馬追), Fukushima Prefecture
                 The descendants of samurai cavaliers become samurai once a year. The authentic cavalry battle of the age of civil wars is re-enacted. .html

other posts:

  Utsusemi(the exuvia of a cicada) also means "living person" or "this world." It's also the 3rd chapter's title of "The Tale of Genji"
jelly-like confections
    How many fish are there?
Fringed orchids, Himeji Castle
  Himeji castle met an ironic fate.
    The world of sumo is expected not only to follow the good tradition of it but also to break established conventions in line with the times.
dragonfly and samurai
haiku poems about frog

Natsu Matsuri Naniwa kagami(夏祭浪花鑑)
    The highlight of the play is a scene of a lead character killing his greedy father-in-law in mud(in kabuki, real muddy water is used) during the summer festival of Kouzu-gu(高津宮) shrine in Osaka.  The festival is held on July 17th and 18th now.


1-4 Aug  Morioka Sansa Odori Festival(盛岡さんさ踊り) , Iwate Prefecture
2-7 Aug  The Aomori Nebuta Festival(青森ねぶた祭), Aomori Prefecture
3-6 Aug  The Akita Kanto Festival(秋田竿燈まつり), Akita Prefecture
4-5 Aug  Fukushima Waraji Festival(福島わらじまつり), Fukushima Prefecture
5-7 Aug  The Yamagata Hanagasa Festival(山形花笠まつり), Yamagata Prefecture

6 Aug  The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony

6-8 Aug  The Sendai Tanabata Festival(仙台七夕まつり), Miyagi Prefecture
                 the star festivals in Tohoku
                 Morning Glory and Tanabata
7 Aug     the first day of fall(立秋)
9 Aug  Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Victims Memorial Peace Prayer Ceremony
             the history of difficulties experienced by Nagasaki's Christians
9-12 Aug Yosakoi Festival(よさこい祭り), Kochi Prefecture
11 Aug  LIGHT UP NIPPON,  Tohoku Region
               fireworks festival for the victims of tsunami and earthquake
11 Aug   Mountain Day (山の日)
12-15 Aug  Awa-Odori(阿波踊り,The Awa Dance Festival), Tokushima Prefecture
                   "Dancing fools and watching fools. We are the same fools, so it's better to dance!"
13-16 Aug  the Bon Festival(盂蘭盆会, Urabon-e)
15 Aug  the anniversary of the end of the Pacific War (終戦記念日)
16 Aug  Gozan no Okuribi(五山の送り火, farewell bonfire), Kyoto
              On the night of the 16th, we light a farewell bonfire to see our ancestors off.
                 Gozan no okuribi and local ceremonies during the Bon period

24 Aug  Jizou-bon(地蔵盆), Kansai Region including Kyoto, Osaka
               Jizou is one of Buddhist bodhisattvas.This festival is dominated by children.
               Jizo-bon and Togenuki Jizo in Tokyo
26 Aug  Omagari(大曲) Fireworks(The National Japan Fireworks Competition), Akita prefecture
26-27 Aug  Yoshida Fire Festival(山梨富士吉田火祭), Yamanashi Prefecture

other posts:

Summer vacation in my childhood
    household fireworks, watermelon, shaved ice, radio physical exercises...
   mosquito net, Goemon bath  heated by burning wood , a separate toilet and bath
the most unlikely national treasure
   Gogh's paintings and sad story about the Great Hanshin Awaji earthquake
national high school baseball championship
   In summer, many young women go out in yukata to enjoy festivals or displays of fireworks.
ancient route "Yamanobe no Michi " in Nara and somen (Japanese vermicelli)
the Bon dance
People used to gather and dance spontaneously to welcome the spirits of the dead in the early evening and to send off them at dawn. After send-off ceremony, people never look back, or the spirits come along.
Perseid meteor shower and Japan Airlines Flight 123
summer and fall
Bon vacation in 2011

Koi no odamaki in Imoseyama-onna-teikin(妹背山婦女庭訓)
This play features an event of cleaning wells called Ido-gae(井戸替) and refers to the schools for farmers and townspeople called terakoya(寺子屋). It is said that Edo(Tokyo) had a literacy rate of nearly 100 percent at the end of the Edo period.


1 Sept The day of The Great Kanto Earthquake (関東大震災の日), Disaster Prevention Day

           Nihyaku toka(二百十日)
             Nihyaku toka means the 210th day from the first day of spring(rissyun) and signals the beginning of typhoon season.
1-3 Sept  Owara Kaze no Bon(おわら風の盆), Toyama Prefecture
Its most distinctive feature is melancholic music using a stringed instrument named kokyu (胡弓). The festival continues until dawn even after most tourists go to their accommodation.
10 and 17 Sept  Meguro Pacific saury Festival(目黒さんま祭り), Tokyo
               10 Sept in Shinagawa Ward
               17 Sept in Meguro Ward

9 Sept 重陽の節句
11-21 Sept the Ginger Fair(しょうが市), Shiba Daijingu shrine, Tokyo
        In the Edo Period, many one-eyed vendors sold ginger at the fair.

16 Sept Yabusame-shinji(流鏑馬神事), Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kamakura, Kanagawa prefecture
                   An archer on a running horse shoots three arrows with a turnip-shaped head at three wooden targets. Yabusame was one of practices to hone warrior skills.
16 and 17 Sept, (7 and 8 Oct) The Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri(岸和田だんじり祭), Osaka
                      The floats make right-angled turns at street corners without slowing down and sometimes collide with each other or buildings.

18 Sept (The third Monday in September)
              Respect-for-Senior-Citizens Day (敬老の日)★
20-26 Sept Higan(彼岸)
20 Sept-2 Oct Japan Traditional Kogei(Art Crafts) Exhibition (日本伝統工芸展), Tokyo
                          The Exhibition will travel through such areas as Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Kanazawa, Okayama, Matsue, Takamatsu, Sendai, Fukuoka, Matsuyama, Hiroshima from September 20, 2017 to March 11, 2018.
23 Sept Autumnal Equinox Day(秋分の日)

other posts:
Kakocho(過去帳, family register of deaths) , Spider lily
Spider liliy, immigrants from an ancient Korean kingdom
Higan and spider lilies
waka poems about the moon
  and the epitaph of a member of an eighth-century Japanese mission to China
the origin of manju
seven autumnal flowers
   bush clover(萩,hagi), Japanese pampas grass(薄,susuki), kudzu(葛), fringed pink(撫子,nadeshiko), golden lace(女郎花,ominaeshi), thoroughwort(藤袴,fujibakama), balloon flower
Foliage season starts

There are a lot of long-running companies in Japan. Japanese people have found value in lasting long. A non-fiction writer says that a series of innovation make tradition and  a key to longevity is benefiting not only the seller and the buyer but society. It's important to be rated highly by society.
The oldest company in the world
      Kongougumi(金剛組) was founded as a traditional wooden building contractor in Osaka in 578.
top ten long-running companies

Shinshu Kawanakajima Gassen(信州川中島合戦) and Honcho Nijushi Kou(本朝廿四孝)
   "Women can't get places in this world..."--the grief of an elderly mother
Meiboku Sendai Hagi(伽羅先代萩)
    The highlight of this play is the suffering of Masaoka(政岡), a young lord's wet nurse,  who is torn between love for her child and loyalty to her lord. This play used to be performed in the 3rd month for female servants of warrior families who were allowed to return home during the Doll's Festival.
Yari no Gonza Kasane Katabira(鑓の権三重帷子)
     tea ceremony and samurai

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