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  • Urashima Taro – Japanese Folktale

    Urashima Taro – Japanese Folktale

    Urashima Taro is one of the most popular Japanese folktales you would ever read. The story is about a young fisherman who once disappeared to see a beautiful palace under the sea but he did not know how much time he spent there! This Japanese folk legend is very famous […]

     
     
  • 10 Best Iris Gardens to Visit in Japan

    10 Best Iris Gardens to Visit in Japan

    Japanese iris is a delicate flower that blooms in the summer. This year hanami wave has gone but Japan’s summer comes to surprise us with its natural beauty blessing our gardens filling with variety of flowers including irises, lavender, sunflowers, poppies, wisteria and etc. Whether you believe it or not […]

     
     
  • Tsuru no Ongaeshi – Japanese Folktale

    Tsuru no Ongaeshi – Japanese Folktale

    Tsuru no Ongaeshi (The Grateful Crane/The Crane’s Return of Favor) is one of the most popular Japanese folktales. My parents used to tell this folktale many time in my childhood. It is an interesting story in Japanese folklore and the best unexpected twist ending folktale you would ever read in […]

     
     
  • How to Hanami | Sakura Viewing Party Guide

    How to Hanami | Sakura Viewing Party Guide

    How to Hanami in Japan? If you plan on visiting Japan this spring during the cherry blossom season, this guide is going to give you some ideas to enjoy a hanami picnic party. Japan’s cherry blossom season delights all of us not just offering the stunning sakura blossoms but also […]

     
     
  • Setagaya Ume Matsuri at Hanegi Park

    Setagaya Ume Matsuri at Hanegi Park

    Setagaya Ume Matsuri is one of the prominent plum blossom festivals in Japan, held in early February in Tokyo. Want to know something about this yearly Japanese festival? Who knows, you might get some interesting information that includes few travel tips to this place. Hanegi Park hosts Setagaya ume matsuri […]

     
     
  • Cherry Blossom (Sakura) and Hanami in Japan

    Cherry Blossom (Sakura) and Hanami in Japan

    Cherry blossom (sakura) and Hanami, both have a great impact on Japanese culture and traditions. Unlike ume matsuri so called plum blossom festival, hanami attracts many foreign travelers from all over the world. Locals here in Japan wait to see impressive view of Cherry blossoms in spring. When hanami rolls around, […]

     
     
  • Coming of Age Day (Seijin No Hi) Ceremony | Japanese Holidays

    Coming of Age Day (Seijin No Hi) Ceremony | Japanese Holidays

    Coming of age day is a Japanese annual public holiday celebrated on the second Monday in January. It already has reminded me of my own experience that I had a few years back from now on. It made me so happy to be a part of this annual ceremony. A […]

     
     
  • Difference Between Cherry Blossom and Plum Blossom

    Difference Between Cherry Blossom and Plum Blossom

    Someone asked me a few days ago “what is the difference between cherry blossom and plum blossom?” Then I thought I should write an article on this topic. Most of the people who have not seen cherry blossoms or plum blossoms together they might think that they are both same. […]

     
     
  • Plum Blossom in Japan | Ume Matsuri 2021

    Plum Blossom in Japan | Ume Matsuri 2021

    Japanese plum (Ume) blossoms bring an important message for all of us that spring is coming very soon. It appears in late winter when snow starts melting. Significantly it has an important role in Japanese culture. Festivals are held throughout Japan during this blooming season. Plum blossom is the sign of […]

     
     
  • Japanese New Year 2021 – Learn Its Traditions

    Japanese New Year 2021 – Learn Its Traditions

    New Year (Shogatsu or Oshogatsu) in Japan is quite enjoyable. It is considered one of the most important holidays and yearly festivals in Japan. There are a lot of things to do during the New Year holiday. As I have planned to do something for this wonderful holiday season, I […]

     
     
 
 

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