Weird holidays in the name of love: May in Japan

Regarding festivities, the month of May in Japan is a bit fallen behind compared to the others; New Year’s Day is long gone, the loving couples have had their fun on Valentine’s Day and Dolls’ Day (Hina matsuri) has already been. The last petals from the sakura festivities have faded and have been blown by […]

Hanami: celebrating the joy of life

In my previous post I only just mentioned the most famous happening of the Japanese spring: the sakura or cherry blossoming which attracts both natives and visitors from January to May. It is a wonderful memento of the cycle of nature and as such, it really deserves more attention. I gathered some information on the […]