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Sakura at Kyoto Incline

The Incline at Keage in Kyoto is the old train line where barges would come down from Lake Biwa to Kyoto. Close to Nanzenji, where you can still see the Aquaduct, the Incline is a popular place in Spring due to all of the beautiful Sakura…

Spring weather, Autumn reflection

The Spring weather seems to be hiding just around the corner as the trees start to get ready to show us their color. As we get ready for the colors of Spring here is the close of Autumn. What are your plans for Spring?

Kisaragi and Setsubun

The month of February used to be called Kisaragi in Japan. February was the second month of winter under the lunar calendar, which Japan used before the Heian Period. Under this calendar, Winter was the period from January to end of…

Sakura mochi, Japan

This one is for sakura mochi fans! It is a wonderful addition to the bag or mobile phone. I can almost smell the sakura mochi already!! For those who are unusure about what kind of smell I am talking about - sakura mochi are sweet…

When is Spring in Japan?

Whilst it sounds like an obvious question there is no real good answer for "When is Spring?". Traditionally we might look at crop cycles or blooming of new flower plants to define the changing seasons or other such events. In Japan it is…

Spring on its way

The weather doesn't feel like it today, but Spring is upon us. In Shibuya, the Sakuragaoka area is getting ready for a festival. The Cerulean Tower are putting on a display of Hinamatsuri, Doll's Festival, which is held every year across…