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The Art of the Hanami Party

Spring is upon us once again in Japan. I tasted warm weather with this week’s rotation of warm days after a frigid weekend, something the Japanese refer to as “San-Kan-Shi-On”, literally meaning “three cold four warm” (三寒四温). The cherry blossoms are of fabled beauty here in Japan, and famous the world over, but no words…

Nagoya Castle’s beauty and elegance are beyond description.

On winter One can almost inhale the beauty and elegance of Japanese tradition by visiting in Nagoya on a winter day. The shining white of Nagoya Castle blends with the striking, yet brief blanket of snow in the same way that the soul unites with the body; a surprising image of art communicated through mist…

Enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms in Kakunodate, Akita

Cherry blossoms, or sakura, are a key piece of spring time in Japan. People spend all winter looking forward to the trees having beautiful pink blossoms that fall to the ground like snow. In addition, the warmer weather makes picnics and walks in the park possible. It is truly a magical time. While places such…