If like me you prefer more laid-back, unhurried grounds, why not spend an afternoon at the Yanaka Cemetery? Yanaka is a haven in the heart of Tokyo, one of the many parks - in fact it feels more like a park than a cemetery - where one can wander around without hearing the sound of a car.
April 6, 2016
As with any party, it is not the event itself, but the people that make it the great event it is. Of course, having plenty of good food and drink to hand also helps. If you’ve just recently moved to Japan, or if you are just visiting here sometime in April then there are few better ways to get to know your Japanese friends a bit better than by partaking in a Hanami party.
April 6, 2016
he special beauty of the sakura season is its short length: trees bloom for a week or so depending on the weather, then the petals fall like snow and collect at the ground, and then vanish back into the earth. But of course, this fleeting beauty is captured forever with cameras of all kinds.
April 5, 2016
The magic about Sakura is not only the beauty of the flowers but also the beauty of going out, getting closer to nature, walking around without a specific plan, spending hours sat under a tree, and the beauty of finding yourself in love. Why not? In love with your own moment and your own life.
March 30, 2016
Japan is famous for its seasonal food and drinks with spring one of the best times of the year to sample these delicious treats. In Japan, spring is seen as a time of hope and new beginnings and carries with it the promise of warmer weather, beautiful colours and “hanami” or cherry blossom viewing.
March 30, 2016
To some, viewing cherry blossoms at a cemetery is somewhat bizarre. However, to the Japanese sakura symbolizes life and short lived beauty. It is so fragile that it reaches its peak fast and disappears fast. It reminds us that every beginning has an end and that life is beautiful yet very short.
March 29, 2016
Nakijin is in the Northern part of Okinawa, an area that sees the first sakura flowers of anywhere in Japan. It’s a rather lovely drive through Nakijin to the castle ruins, it’s a quiet, pretty town consisting mostly of traditional-style Japanese buildings, some of which are brightly-painted.
February 16, 2016
Okinawa blooms earlier than the rest of Japan. Nago, an area in the north of Okinawa, is often one of the first places they spring. Annually, you can catch the Nago Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Festival, which is exactly what I did this year. Let me tell you all about it.
February 3, 2016
Okinawa enjoys the first peek of cherry blossoms in Japan. The blooming of cherry blossoms signifies the advent of spring. Okinawa, the most southern prefecture of Japan, experiences a much milder winter compared to mainland and welcomes a much earlier spring.
January 19, 2016