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Gentle rains of early May

Gentle rains of early May

Posted by Yukiko Kisaki on 2nd May 2018

A sure sign of summer’s arrival in Japan is warm, pleasant rains of early May, called samidare.The picture above was taken in Miyazaki Shrine. The priestess ladies are about to begin their workday, wh … read more
Place Where There Are No Strangers

Place Where There Are No Strangers

Posted by Momoko Kagamizu on 5th Mar 2017

under cherry blossoms’ shade even those whom we don’t know are not strangers (Issa Kobayashi, 1819) When we can share feelings with others, they are no longer strangers. If we have em … read more
A Passion for Cherry Blossoms

A Passion for Cherry Blossoms

Posted by Momoko Kagamizu on 5th Mar 2015

In Japan, passion for cherry blossoms run deeps and anticipating their arrival every spring borders on a national obsession. Pictures above are from nightly news national TV broadcasts in early Mar … read more
February 4th Marks the Arrival of Spring In Japan

February 4th Marks the Arrival of Spring In Japan

Posted by Taro Kobayashi on 2nd Feb 2015

In early February, though still cold in Japan, days start to get noticeably longer, and it begins to feel that winter is on its way out. Pretty plum blossoms begin to bloom first, and an early-bloom … read more
Rain, Glorious Rain!

Rain, Glorious Rain!

Posted by Taro Kobayashi on 3rd Jun 2014

Today is the first day of tsuyu, the beginning of the rainy season in southern Japan.  Spring is in its full glory and gentle, warm rain has been falling all day. It will rain here every day f … read more