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Join the 2016 Bush Clover Festivals in Tokyo and Kyoto to Welcome Autumn

The scorching hot and humid summer of Japan went by in a blink of an eye and who would have thought we’d be handing in the season of change with some rain clouds so soon! I’m sure some of you are already looking forward to the possible things that you can do to enjoy and…

Enjoy the Beauty of Hydrangeas (Ajisai) at These 3 Spots in Japan!

“Tsuyu” or the rainy season is generally an avoided season for tourists in Japan. Tsuyu starts approximately in early June and lasts until the end of July. The fog and almost everyday rain hide the beauty of many popular attractions, making it difficult to enjoy the nature and navigate between multiple places. But thanks to…

The True Beauty and Art of Ikebana Flower Arrangement

Ikebana is one of the traditional art forms of Japan. With a rich history of over 600 years the art of ikebana is continually evolving. Let’s learn about this fascinating art form and where it came from. The History of Ikebana Ikebana is said to have started around 600 years ago with its origins in…

Experience Nature while riding on Japan’s Hydrangea Train

In the middle of June, when the hydrangeas are in full bloom, many people jump onto the trains of Hakone Tozan Railway, which runs between Hakone-Yumoto and Gora. This is the only mountain railway in Japan which can make you feel like you are in the middle of nature while riding a train, which is…

Follow Your Nose to the Sweet Autumn Fragrance of Kinmokusei Blossoms

When summer ends, the noisy bugs and sounds of summer disappear and the breeze becomes nice and cool. In Japan, apart from the sign of falling leaves, your nose may also be able to recognize that fall is just around the corner. It will begin to smell a sweet fragrance that may even stop you…

Walk into a Whimsical Tunnel of Flowers! Wisteria Parks in Japan

Imagine walking into this whimsical tunnel of flowers. Wisteria blooms with lavish purple and white colors, radiating a scent surreal and tender. This is not paradise though for this is a real place in Japan. Some of you may have seen several pictures of this place, but a few may have had the chance to…

Have you ever seen those red flowers crowning the green grass?

In Japan, there is one kind of flower that seems to sprout from nowhere, wild and seems to be no owner. Its striking beauty seems to beckon the passers-by to come close. Up close, it’s bizarrely-shaped petals which look like spider legs, fuel the curious mind and imagination. Some call it “yureeibana”, a flower that…

4 Kinds of Edible Flowers in Japan

In Japan, there are several types of edible flowers. It can give to the Japanese dishes an elegant touch of fantasy and enrich the flavors. Here below a list of the most known and used flowers. 1. Sakura The Japanese love Sakura blossoms, don`t they? But do you know you can actually eat them or…

A flower fanatics’ delight in Nagoya!

Many countries worldwide enjoy four seasons year round. However, the spring season is one of my favorite seasons in Japan for many reasons. It’s not only a sign of a new beginning, but the warmer weather brings more than just a smile to people’s face. In Japan, it marks the beginning of cherry blossoms which…