Events:

21 April - 14 May 27th National Confectionary Exposition in Mie, Mie Prefecture
leaflet in four languages:
Venue: Mie Prefectural Sun Arena and peripheral areas --20 minutes bus ride from Ise Jingu Shrine(Naiku) (advance ticket needed)

1-30 April Miyako Odori(Cherry Dance), Kyoto
Maiko and geiko dance performances
Advance tickets are available from overseas at:
The performances are being done at Kyoto Art Theater “Shunjuza”(http://k-pac.org/) this year.

25-28 May Azuma Odori, Tokyo
http://www.azuma-odori.jp/ (sorry, Japanese version only)
Geisha dance performances
Tickets will be available after April 14



seasonal flowers:


cherry blossom forecast :
http://sakura.weathermap.jp/ (Japanese version only)  


2016 calendar (Oct - Dec) - updated 3 Sept 2016

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

OCTOBER

1 Oct-31 Dec  Red feather charity campaign
                        A red feather is given to a person who contributes to the community chest.
7-9 Oct  Nagasaki Kunchi Festival (長崎くんち), Nagasaki Prefecture
       This festival shows a strong influence of overseas cultures such as China, Holland and Portugal.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/10/nagasaki-okunchi-festival.html
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2011/10/nagasaki-kunchi-festival.html
8-10 Oct The event of cutting antlers(鹿の角きり), Nara Park, Nara Prefecture
              This event started in 1671 to prevent antlered deer from injuring people or another deers. The deers living around Nara Park have been regarded as the messengers of the Kasuga Grand Shrine and have been designated as a national natural treasure.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/10/health-and-sports-day.html
            A deer shot by a crossbow was found at the shrine in 2010.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/03/winter-daphne-and-deer.html
           About Japanese deer
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2013/10/japanese-deer.html
9 Oct (the 9th day of the 9th month in the lunar calendar)
       Double Ninth Festival or Double Yang Festival(重陽の節句,Chouyo-no-sekku)
       Du Fu's poem, Kisewata, the defining difference between classical Chinese and Japanese literature
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/10/double-ninth-festival.html
9 and 10 Oct  Takayama Autumn Festival ( 秋の高山祭)
   The Takayama festivals in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture are held twice a year.  The Sanno festival held on April 14 and 15 celebrates the deity of Hie Jinja Shrine(日枝神社). The Hachiman festival held on October 9 and 10 celebrates the deity of Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine(桜山八幡宮). 
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2013/04/the-spring-takayama-festival.html

10 Oct (the second Monday in October)
     Health and Sports Day(体育の日)
     It was designated in 1966 to commemorate the opening day of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/10/health-and-sports-day.html
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/10/autumn-festivals-and-athletic-meetings.html
13 Oct  (the 13th day of the 9th month in the lunar calendar)
           Jusanya(十三夜, the night or the moon on the 13th day of the 9th month in the lunar calendar)
          Jusanya and Jugoya form a pair and Jusanya  is unique to Japan.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/10/jusanya.html
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2011/10/jusanya-and-sports-day.html
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2012/10/jusanya.html
14 Oct  Railway Day (鉄道の日)
              What happened to the the passangers on board trains in Tohoku when the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred on March 11th in 2011?
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2011/10/railway-day2.html
              Bombed streetcars are still running on the streets in Hiroshima.
              A railroad company in Chiba made an intensive appeal on its web site, "Please buy our moist rice crackers to maintain the train service!!"
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2011/10/railway-day-1.html
15-17 Oct  Kannamesai(神嘗祭), Ise Jingu Shrine, Mie Prefecture
            The emperor dedicates newly harvested rice to Amaterasu-Ohmikami, the Goddess of the Sun, an imperial ancestor.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/10/kannamesai.html
            newly harvested rice, Red dragonfly, terraced rice paddies
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2011/10/newly-harvested-rice.html
19 and 20 Oct  Bettara fair(べったら市), Nihonbashi, Tokyo
                        This fair comes from Ebisu-kou.
20 Oct  Ebisu-kou(えびす講)
        Ebisu is one of the Seven Gods of Fortune regarded as the god who brings people success in business and the safety of their families.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/10/ebisu-kou-and-bettara-fair.html

22 Oct  Jidai Matsuri(時代祭, the Festival of the Age), Kyoto
       Kurama no Himatsuri(鞍馬の火祭, the Fire Festival in Kurama), Kyoto
       Jidai Matsuri dates back to around 1895 and Kurama no Himatsuri comes from the relocation of Yuki Shrine to Kurama  in 940.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/10/festival-of-age-and-fire-festival-in.html

22 Oct - 7 Nov  The Exhibition of Shoso-in Treasures(正倉院展), the Nara National Museum, Nara Prefecture
                            Empress Komyo dedicated her husband's mementos to Todai-ji Temple for the reason that they provoked deep sadness. Shoso-in's treasures comes from the mementos. Shoso-in served as a time capsule. We can see about 1250 year-old and best-preserved masterpieces in a remarkable state of preservation.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/10/exhibition-of-shoso-in-treasures.html
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2011/10/63th-exhibition-of-shoso-in-treasures.html
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2012/11/the-64th-annual-exhibition-of-shoso-in.html
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2013/11/annual-exhibition-of-shoso-in-treasures.html

23 Oct The Mid Niigata Prefecture Earthquake (中越地震) occurred in 2004
            coloured carps and bullfighting
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/10/mid-niigata-prefecture-earthquake.html


other posts:

autumn leaves in cool regions
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2011/10/foliage-season.html
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2012/10/autumn-colors-in-october.html
autumn color of leaves in Nikko
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/10/autumn-color-of-leaves.html
Kaki(Japanese persimmon)
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/10/first-snow-first-cold-wintry-wind-and.html
Sweet chestnut and Pacific saury
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/10/sweet-chestnut-and-pacific-saury.html
Kogarashi-ichigou(木枯らし1号, the first cold wintry wind of the year)
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/10/first-snow-first-cold-wintry-wind-and.html
about autumn festivals
   In the 10th month in the lunar calendar, all of Shinto deities gather at Izumo Grand Shrine in Shimane Prefecture.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/10/autumn-festivals-and-athletic-meetings.html
wedding season
     In the Edo Period, few commoners had their weddings.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/11/wedding-season.html
Sweet Osmanthus, Teika-kazura, Common gardenia
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/10/sweet-osmanthus.html
Abe no Seimei and Yaku-yoke(厄除け,exorcism)
     Onmyoji played a role like a feng shui master in the earliest years, but they came to perform magico-religious rituals. Abe no Seimei was the most famous onmyoji.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2011/10/abe-no-seimei.html
Halloween in Japan
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/10/halloween.html
Imonikai(hot pot party)
Imonikai(芋煮会) is a hot pot party held outdoors in Tohoku region in autumn. From October to November, one can see many people enjoying hot pot parties on the river banks. 
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2012/10/imonikaihot-pot-party.html
Castle in the Sky
Takeda Castle Ruins in Asago City, Hyogo Prefecture looks like an island floating on the sea of clouds in bright sunny early morning between autumn and winter.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2012/10/castle-in-sky.html
susuki grass and cosmos
Japanese pampas grass(薄,susuki) is one of seven autumnal flowers.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2012/10/susuki-grass-and-cosmos.html
the opening of renewed Tokyo Station and China's National Day in 2012
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2012/10/the-opening-of-renewed-tokyo-station.html
The 62nd Shikinen Sengu of the Ise Shrine

NOVEMBER

1 Nov  Inoko(亥の子)
         Inoko is an ancient custom to eat rice cakes at the time of the boar on the day of the boar in the 10th month in the lunar calendar. It appears in "The Tale of Genji". Tea ceremony gives importance to this day.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/11/inoko.html
1-15 Nov  Shinjuku Gyoen Chrysanthemum Exhibition (新宿御苑菊花壇展), Tokyo
           Chrysanthemum flower exhibitions in Japan
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/11/chrysanthemum-exhibition.html
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2011/11/chrysanthemum-festivals1.html
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2011/11/chrysanthemum-festivals2.html
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2012/11/chrysanthemum-festivals.html
           chrysanthemum-shaped confections
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/10/chrysanthemum-shaped-confections.html
2-4 Nov  Karatsu Kunchi Festival(唐津くんち), Saga Prefecture
3 Nov  Culture Day (文化の日)
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/11/culture-day.html

7 Nov  Ritto(立冬,the first day of winter)
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/11/first-day-of-winter-and-cock-fair.html
8 Nov  Fuigo Matsuri(ふいご祭, Bellows Festival)
       Artisans using fire used to hold this festival to thank the god of fire and pray for workplace safety. Now many cutlery companies and iron factories hold the festival. People in ancient times were familiar with this festival, but most of us are unfamiliar with it.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/11/bellows-festival.html
9 Nov Tokanya(十日夜), the 10th day in the 10th month in the lunar calendar
              A harvest festival  held in the north part of Japan. The god of rice paddy goes back to the mountain on this day.
Nov (the 10th day of the 10th month in the lunar calendar)  Kamimukae-sai,(神迎祭) Izumo Taisha Shrine, Shimane Prefecture
              Izumo Taisha Shrine priests receive the deities at Inasanohama Beach. It is said Shinto deities other than Ebisu gather at Izumo Grand Shrine(出雲大社, Izumo Oyashiro or Izumo Taisha)  in the 10th month in the lunar calendar. They also hold rituals on the 11th, 15th, 17th, 26th days of the 10th month in the lunar calendar.
      Kamiari-sai(神在祭)   November 10, 14, 16
      Enmusubi-taisai(縁結大祭)     November 14 and 16 
      Karasade-sai(神等去出祭)    November 16 and December 25
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2014/01/izumo-shrine-and-ise-shrine.html
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/11/shichi-go-san-and-tokanya.html
11 Nov  Ichi no Tori (一の酉, the first day of the cock in November), Tori no Ichi (酉の市, the Cock Fair)
       annual festival held at the Otori Jinja shrines all over Japan on the days of the cock in November. A lot of kumade(bamboo rakes decorated with various lucky charms) are sold at the fair.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/11/first-day-of-winter-and-cock-fair.html
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2011/11/tori-no-ichi.html
date not yet determined(12 Nov  in  2015)  The Autumn Imperial Garden Party(秋の園遊会),  Akasaka Imperial Gardens, Tokyo

15 Nov Shichi Go San(七五三, The Seven-Five-Three Festival)
     A traditional event to celebrate children's growth and pray for their future good health. It comes from the ancient three events of obitoki  for 7-year-old girls, hakamagi  for 5-year-old boys and kamioki for 3-year-old boys and girls.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/11/leaf-viewing-and-shichi-go-san.html
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2011/11/shichi-go-san.html
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/11/shichi-go-san-and-tokanya.html
23 Nov  the second day of the cock in November(二の酉)

23 Nov Labor Thanksgiving Day(勤労感謝の日)
             Niinamesai(新嘗祭)
                 This festival is mirrored by Kannamesai. Unlike Kannamesai, the emperor eats offerings such as newly harvested rice and sake to the Goddess of the Sun at Niinamesai.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/11/labor-thanksgiving-day-and-niinamesai.html
        sake(alcoholic beverages) as an offering to the gods at Niinamesai
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2011/11/niinamesai.html

30 Nov - 25 Dec  Kichirei Kaomise Kogyo (吉例顔見世興行), Minamiza Theatre, Kyoto
          It's a kabuki show with an all-star cast. In the Edo Period, Kaomise Kogyo was held from the 1st day of the 11th month to the middle of 12th month in the lunar calendar.
--Maneki and Maiko, Sakata Tojuro and Chikamatsu Monzaemon, kabuki and a cofection(uiro)--
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/11/kichirei-kaomise-kogyo.html
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2011/11/2011-kichirei-kaomise-kogyo.html
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2012/12/kichirei-kaomise-kogyo-2012.html
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2013/12/kichirei-kaomise-kogyo2013.html

other posts:

shigure
rain in late autumn and early winter. It's also the name of a cofection.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/11/shigure.html
foliage season in Kyoto
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2011/11/foliage-season-in-kyoto2.html
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2011/11/foliage-season-in-kyoto1.html
autumn leaves
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/11/leaf-viewing-and-shichi-go-san.html
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/11/autumn-leaves.html
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2012/11/autumn-colors-in-november.html
fallen leaves
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/11/fallen-leaves.html
Last days of Matsuo Basho(1644-1694), a haiku poet
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/11/last-days-of-basho.html
autumn wild plants
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/11/bears-and-nuts.html
lunch and confection in November
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2011/11/lunch-in-november.html

--Bunraku--
Shinju ten no Amijima(心中天網島:The Love Suicides at Amijima)
  Under a full moon, a paper merchant and a courtesan head for the Daicho-ji Temple. The monks of the temple belonging to the Jodoshu sect are spending night and day chanting sutras, from the night of the 5th day to the morning of the 15th day in the 10th month in the lunar calendar. The couple commit suicide on the early morning of the 15th day when the chants ends. Today, this chanting is held at many temples belonging to the Jodoshu sect in October or November.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/11/shinju-ten-no-amijima.html



DECEMBER

2-3 Dec  Chichibu Yomatsuri(秩父夜祭, The Night Festival of Chichibu) , Saitama Prefecture
              The festival dates back some 300 years and  has been designated as an important national cultural asset.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2011/12/night-festival-of-chichibu.html
2-11 Dec Kobe Luminarie (神戸ルミナリエ), Hyogo Prefecture
              This event started in December 1995 to mourn for the victims of the Great Hanshin Earthquake.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/12/kobe-luminarie.html
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2011/12/17th-kobe-luminarie.html
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2012/12/the-18th-kobe-luminarie.html
8 Dec(mainly in west areas)  Hari-kuyo(針供養:memorial service for old needles)
8 or 13 Dec  Shogatsu Kotohajime(正月事始め,The preparations for New Year's festivities )
              The preparations for New Year's festivities(正月事始め, Shogatsu Kotohajime) are started on December 8th in Tokyo, December 13th in Kyoto. At Gion in Kyoto, Geiko and maiko pay their devoirs to their masters with kagami-mochi (a round rice-cake offered to the deity) and make courtesy visits to ochaya where they entertain customers on December 13th.
             susuharai(煤払い,cleaning house), oseibo(お歳暮,year-end gift)
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/12/susuharai-and-oseibo.html
             kadomatsu(門松, pine decorations), pounding steamed rice
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/12/preparations-for-new-year-and-christmas.html
             We are not supposed to place pine decorations for New Year's Day on December 29th and 31st.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/12/preparations-for-new-years-festivities.html
             Ame-yoko is crowded with shoppers buying the ingredients(mainly seafood) for New Year's dishes.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2011/12/scenes-on-new-years-eve.html

9-31 Dec SENDAI Pageant of Starlight(SENDAI光のページェント), Miyagi Prefecture
                 annual illumination event that citizen volunteers started in 1986
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2011/12/sendai-pageant-of-starlight-and-kanji.html
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2012/12/sendai-pageant-of-starlight-2012.html
14 Dec  Ako Gishi-sai (赤穂義士祭)
               the memorial festival for 47 Ako warriors(Ako Gishi).  The festival is held at several places associated with them. Late on the 14th day of the 12th month (corresponding to January 31st in 1703), forty-seven warriors raided the house of Kira.  The bunraku and kabuki play "Kanadehon Chushingura (仮名手本忠臣蔵) " is based on this incident. The 3D film "47 Ronin" is inspired by the play.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2011/02/chushingura-1.html
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2011/02/chushingura2.html
15-18 Dec  Kasugawakamiya Onmatsuri(春日若宮おん祭), Nara Prefecture
                     This annual festival started in 1136 and preserves the ancient forms of shrine rituals. At midnight on December 17th, people carry the god of the shrine from the shrine to Otabisho in complete darkness. Not only taking pictures but also turning on a flashlight is prohibited on the way to and from Otabisyo.
The offerings include confections from ancinet China. Chinese confections spread among Shinto shrines all over Japan as an offering to the gods.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2011/12/kasugawakamiya-onmatsuri.html
17-19 Dec  Asakusa Toshi no Ichi(浅草歳の市:Asakusa Year-end Fair), Sensoji Temple, Tokyo
                      The fair started in 1659. New Year's decorations and kitchen utensils were sold there. Now it's famous as a battledore(羽子板, hagoita) fair.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/12/asakusa-toshi-no-ichi.html
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2011/12/asakusa-year-end-fair.html
21 Dec the winter solstice(冬至)
               We eat pumpkins and take yuzu bath on this day.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/12/winter-solstice.html
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2013/12/capybaras-taking-yuzu-bath.html
23 Dec  The Emperor's Birthday(天皇誕生日)
                People are allowed to enter the Imperial Palace to offer their congratulations to the Emperor on this day.
25 Dec  Christmas
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/12/christmas.html
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/12/preparations-for-new-year-and-christmas.html
31 Dec  New Year's Eve (除夜 Joya, 大晦日 Omisoka)
                People eat year-end buckwheat noodles. On the night of December 31st, the Annual NHK Year-end Grand Song Festival is broadcast  and many people watch this program. People hear watch‐night bells at Buddhist temples ringing. Some visit Buddhist temples to ring the bell. At the midnight of New Year's Day, many people visit a shrine or a temple to offer their wishes to a god.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/12/new-years-eve.html
             Oharae(大祓) or Toshikoshi no Harae(年越の祓)
                 an event to purify people from half-year's worth of sin.  This event and Nagoshi no Harae in June  form a pair.
            Namahage Festival(なまはげ), Akita Prefecture
                Men in demons' masks go from house to house, saying "Naguko wa inega?"
            Joya no Kane(除夜の鐘)
                In Buddhist beliefs, human being are born with 108 worldly desires.The bell is rung 108 times to get rid of the desires.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2011/12/scenes-on-new-years-eve.html

other posts:

The Kanji of the year (今年の漢字 Kotoshi no Kanji)
  The Kanji of the year chosen by the Japanese Kanji Proficiency Society is announced in a ceremony on December 12 at Kiyomizu Temple.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2011/12/sendai-pageant-of-starlight-and-kanji.html
the end of the year in the Edo Period and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
     A writer depicts battles between debtors and bill collectors on New Year's Eve in the Edo Period. The battle is over at the dawn of New Year's Day. All of them spend tranquil New Year's Holidays.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/12/around-end-of-year.html
snow designs and dried persimmons
    Dried persimmons are available from mid-December. Kagamimochi(a round rice-cake offered to the deity) decorated with a dried persimmon is seen in Kansai region. A dried persimmon has been used as a lucky charm more than 400 years.
 http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/12/snow.html
casual traditional confections
    everyday confections handed down from Edo times
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2011/12/casual-confections.html
confection named Hatsushimo(初霜: the first frost of the season)
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/12/frost.html

--Bunraku--
Daikyoji Mukashi-Goyomi(大経師昔暦)
   Daikyoji was an excellent scroll mounter(picture framer) under the patronage of the Imperial Court and was entitled to issue calendars. Today there are some scroll mounters in Tokyo that was given the title of "Daikyoji" as an excellent scroll mounter by the Edo Shogunate.They had the right to bear a surname and to wear a sword during the Edo period. They had access to the Edo Castle. Most commoners were not allowed to have a surname in the Edo Period.
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/12/daikyoji-mukashi-goyomi.html





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