Posts Tagged ‘Cherry blossom season’

Blossoms in Kyoto

April 6, 2017

Some shots from Tetsugaku no michi, the Path of Philosophy in Kyoto yesterday.  A good day for wedding photos too, there were lots of couples out in wedding dress.

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Cherry Blossom Tour send off

April 4, 2017

That’s the second Cherry Blossom Tour set off in Tokyo, another excellent group!

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Cherry Blossom Tour in Hirano Shrine, Kyoto

April 4, 2016

The Cherry Blossom Tour

The Path of Philosophy, Kyoto

April 2, 2016

Private family cherry blossom tour, the path of Philosophy, Kyoto

Cherry blossom pary – hanami party

March 27, 2016

We had the first of our Cherry Blossom Tour hanami (cherry blossom viewing party) parties yesterday. Great group, plenty of wine and beer consumed, beautiful weather – excellent!

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Spring is springing!

March 20, 2016

It is well known that Japan’s traditional culture is deeply entwined with the seasons and with nature. It is no surprise then that there is a national holiday, Shunbun no Hi, to celebrate the spring equinox (this year, March 20th, when the day and night are of equal length).

Indeed, this used to be a Shinto festival celebrating renewal through the cycle of the seasons. After the second world war, General MacArthur forced a change of status of the festival in his drive to separate Shinto and the state, recasting it as a secular holiday.

Nevertheless, a great many people still observe the occasion as a time to remember the departed, either by inviting priests to their homes to conduct memorials, or through visiting shrines.

In the spirit of renewal, you might spring-clean your house, or start a new job or a new project — in fact this time of year marks the start of the school year and induction time for new employees in Japan’s famous corporations. As nature shakes off the winter and refreshes itself, so does Japanese society.

If you are on a Japan cultural tour, you might be able to catch a special event at one of Japan’s many shrines and temples.

For most of us, Vernal Equinox Day (as it is known in its prosaic English translation) is a welcome national holiday and a chance to get out to some of Japan’s renowned cultural sites for some sightseeing and to soak up some history.

Spring is a favourite time for enjoying Japan’s charms as the weather is at its best, the trees are looking vibrant in their new green. Indeed, this holiday introduces Japan’s favourite time of year when cherry blossom turns the country pink and the population sits out under the trees for picnics.

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