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Cherry Blossom

Hirosaki Castle is the quintessential jewel of the Tsugaru region. Every spring over 2 million people from all over Japan flock to the castle grounds to witness Aomori prefecture’s famous cherry blossom festival.     The three-storied castle structure (resembling a turret) was originally built in the Edo Period and normally sits on the corner of the inner citadel. However, recently it’s been moved to allow construction...

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Like many other locations in Japan (especially Kyoto), Kakunodate is a relic of Old World Japan from the Edo era. During the Edo era, Kakunodate was bustling with samurai and merchants, and is still home to some of the best remaining examples of samurai architecture in Japan. If you ever dreamed of walking the streets of the Samurai, look no further—this is your place. Located in the Akita prefecture of Tohoku, Kakunodate is the...

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Spring time is the most popular time to visit in Japan! Among the most popular reasons to visit Japan in the spring, and perhaps the most famous signature of spring are the sakura (Cherry Blossom Trees). Sakura in Japan have a deep and long history, romanticized by the Samurai, they are often viewed as an allegory of life—beautiful, yet ephemeral. Every year, people come from all over the world just to see this wonderful sight, but...

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February brings some of the most fun holidays to celebrate to the world: Setsubun in Japan, the Lunar New Year in China, Presidents Day, and of course Valentine’s Day. What better way to celebrate your love for Japan than to learn about traditional Japanese weddings? Tsurugaoka Hachimangu is a shrine complex with a rich history just a few minutes away from the Kamakura Station. Indisputably the most important shrine in the city...

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Sankeien Garden in Yokohama, a bus ride away from Motomachi-Chukagai Station, is a peaceful escape from city life. Known for its beauty throughout the year, the garden celebrates key seasons with special events. With the blooming of cherry blossoms in early April, Sankeien began its night illuminations from late March to April 6. While the garden usually closes at 4:30PM daily, this special event allowed visitors to enter and stay...

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The Beauty of Hanafubuki

The Beauty of Hanafubuki


Posted By on Apr 23, 2014

By now almost all the cherry blossoms are gone in most parts of Japan. The last of the petals are falling here in Tokyo, although places further north in Sendai and Hokkaido are still patiently awaiting their blossoms to bloom. This is my favorite time of year in Japan, when the last of the cherry blossom petals fall from the trees. I must not be the only one who likes this time of year because there is actually a term for this...

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