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Cherry Blossom

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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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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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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At the Imperial Palace, cherry blossoms created quite a frenzy of people. Queues formed without end, streaming in from the bus parking area, as well as father away at Tokyo Station. The crowds were unbelievable. They posed problems not just for the police officers trying to organize visitors but especially for those who came to exercise at the Imperial Palace. One lap around the palace grounds is approximately five kilometers (3.2...

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Blossoms Beckon Visitors to Nakameguro

Blossoms Beckon Visitors to Nakameguro


Posted By on Apr 10, 2014

  Early spring is cherry blossom season in Japan. It’s a time for merriment, eating and drinking, and enjoying the company of friends and family while gazing into the vivid pink and whites of flowers in full bloom. It’s also one of the few times in the year when busy people abandon their work and obligations in exchange for a few hours of bliss in the outdoors. In Tokyo, where time and green space are sparse, cherry...

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