August

Cool off from the Summer Heat with the Kingyoku and Mizumanju Wagashi!

As the summer heat continues to rage on mercilessly in August, are you craving for a refreshing treat? Read on to learn more about the month of August and the signature wagashi which is sure to give you that much-needed coolness! Hazuki – August In the lunar calendar i.e. kyuureki, August which lasts from early…

The Hills are on Fire! Kyoto’s Daimonji Festival

There are lots of summer festivals and events all around Japan, and in Kyoto especially with Kyo no Tanabata, the fireworks in nearby Otsu city and, of course, the Bon Odori just like in the rest of Japan. There is one festival however, that is unique to Kyoto and happens every August, and it’s known…

Obon: The Festival of Honouring Ancestors’ Spirits

Obon is the festival celebrated in Japan in mid-August, on the 15th. But the Obon festival season lasts for a few days, from the 13th to the 17th of the month, but different areas of Japan celebrate this festival on different days. It is the day to remember and honour the spirits of the ancestors.…

July is Coming and So is Japan’s Annual Star Festival all About Love and the Universe!

July is fast approaching! So, what’s interesting in July? Aside from the fact that it’s my mother’s, my cousin’s, my niece’s and my uncle’s birthdays (which you really don’t actually care about), it’s also America’s Independence Day (July 4th), which you may not be interested in either. What is fun and interesting, though, is getting…

The Colorful Asakusa Samba Festival

If you are in Tokyo, you must have visited Asakusa where you can find the Skytree and other major attractions. You also might have heard about the Samba Festival when you were there. Asakusa Samba Festival is organized every year in the Summer in August. It is similar to the Rio Carnival and it is…