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Cherry Blossom in Japan

The cherry blossom (sakura) has been celebrated in Japan for many centuries and holds a very particular place in Japanese culture. Although there are many varieties of cherry trees in Japan, most bloom for just a couple of days in spring. The Japanese celebrate this time of the year with Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) parties: friends, family or work colleagues

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Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14. Originating as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus, Valentine’s Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love in many regions around the world. There are numerous martyrdom stories associated with various Valentines connected to February 14, including a written

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Japan National Foundation Day

National Foundation Day is a national holiday in Japan celebrated annually on February 11, celebrating the mythological foundation of Japan and the accession of its first emperor, Emperor Jimmu at Kashihara gū on 11 February 660 BC. In contrast with the events associated with earlier Kigensetsu, celebrations for National Foundation Day are relatively muted. Customs include the raising of Japanese national flags and reflection on the meaning of Japanese citizenship. The holiday is still relatively

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New Year In Japan

New Year’s is celebrated in numerous ways by people living in different countries all around the world, and Japan is no exception. Within Japan itself, there are traditional and modern ways to ring in the new year, with everything from special decorations and greetings cards, to special soba noodles and shopping deals. Japanese New Years Traditions Includes: Hatsumode Hatsumōde (初詣 hatsumōde) is the

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Start of Winter Season in Japan

Japan’s winter season is December through February. Depending on what part of Japan you are traveling to, winter in Japan can be vastly different. Big cities such as Tokyo and Osaka generally experience short winters with cold but sunny days and an occasional snowfall. But the further you head into the mountainous regions and Northern parts of Japan the more the temperature

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November is the Best Time to Visit Tokyo

November is a turning point in the autumn season when the trees are stunning shades of orange, yellow, and red. The weather has a slight chill, making it the perfect temperature for outdoor activities. During this month, the tourist season has died down just enough to make exploring Tokyo a little easier. Autumn Leaves  During the fall, Tokyo comes alive with bright

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November Upcoming Festivals/Events in Japan

Nigohachi Festival Date: Early Nov Event Schedule: 9:00am – 3:00pm Admission: Free Location: Shiga Hi-Watari  Festival Date: November 3, 2019 Event Schedule: 1:00pm – 4:00pm Admission: Free Location: Hiroshima Shitennoji Wasso Festival Date: November 3, 2019 Event Schedule: 10:30am – 5:00pm Admission: Free Location: Osaka Karatsu Kunchi Festival Date: November 2-4 Admission: Free Location: Saga Karuizawa Momiji Festival Date: Sept.23-Nov.5 Admission: Free Location: Nagano Worldwide

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