What is the best season to visit Japan?

What is the best season to visit Japan?

Posted by Yuri Nonaka on 24th Aug 2018

I often get asked about the best season to visit Japan. Such a seemingly simple question. However, there are more choices and more “seasons” than most people realize. Japan is a land of … read more
Seven Must-eat January Herbs (Nanakusa)

Seven Must-eat January Herbs (Nanakusa)

Posted by Yoshi Kai on 2nd Feb 2018

In Japan, January 7 is the day of the Festival of Seven Herbs ( Nanakusa no sekku). On this day, the Japanese make a special porridge called nanakusa-gayu with seven herbs, rice, and a bit of salt. … 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
Winter Haiku Poems

Winter Haiku Poems

Posted by Momoko Kagamizu on 6th Jan 2015

on new year’s day I long for my parents before I was born (ganjitsu ni | umarenu saki no | oya koishi) Natsume Soseki (1867-1916) The sky draws near such a bright sunrise aahh! new y … read more
Blossoms and Birds Herald the Coming of Spring

Blossoms and Birds Herald the Coming of Spring

Posted by Yoshi Kai on 2nd Feb 2014

It is still cold, and Spring seems a way off. However, days are starting to get longer noticeably, and unmistakable signs of change are in the air. The plum trees in my backyard have hundreds of pr … read more