The sakura cherry blossom trees are pretty much all in full bloom right now, which means that the Japanese people can finally do what they’ve been waiting for: hanami. Which literally means ‘flower viewing’, but it mainly is about having picknick party’s underneath the sakura trees. Continue reading “Sakura picknick party”
Tokyo Dome is a large stadium right in the middle of the city. It is the home field of the Yomiuri Giants baseball team (and hosts other events when there are no baseball games). With baseball being one of the most popular sports in Japan, a Giants game in the Tokyo Dome is quite a happening and today I had a chance to experience their game against the Seibu Lions.
Although the plum blossom was nice to see, the sakura season is still what everyone is waiting for. The sakura-forecast says that the cherry blossom in Tokyo will start to bloom on the 23th of March, being in full bloom roughly one week later. And with the sakura season only a little over two weeks away, the sakura craze has officially started. Continue reading “Sakura craze”
Although the sakura season (when cherry blossom trees are in full bloom) is what most people look forward to, early spring also has some blossom to offer. In februari the plum trees around the city bloom and I visited two places to view the white and pink beauty. Continue reading “Plum blossom: Koishikawa-Korakuen and Yushima Tenjin”
Today, February 22nd, is officially known as neko no hi (‘cat day’) in Japan. Japanese cats say ‘nya’ instead of ‘meow’, and nya kind of sounds like ‘ni’ (being the Japanese word for ‘two’), so that naturally makes the 22nd day of the 2nd month cat day. Makes sense, right? Ni ni ni, nya nya nya… Continue reading “Neko no Hi (Cat Day)”
I haven’t been writing on my blog for a few days because I made a short trip to Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan. Every year in February the Sapporo Snow Festival takes place. Ticket prices go up and all hotels get fully booked and I’ve been wanting to see what the festival was all about for quite a few years, but never was in Japan in February before. Continue reading “Sapporo Snow Festival”
School starts off great, with today being a national holiday, the coming of age day (or Seijin no hi). In Japan you officialy become an adult at the age of 20. After turning 20 Japanese people are allowed to smoke and drink alcohol and they gain the right to vote. This shift from child to adult is widely celebrated on the coming of age day, held on the second Monday of January. Continue reading “Coming of age day”