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Hakuba chain of mountains of snow and a pink one cherry tree = shutterstock

Life and Culture

2019/4/5

Shining Spring and Distant Snow Scene: From 10 beautiful pictures!

Japan is now in the spring season. Cherry blossoms bloom in many places in Tokyo, Kyoto, etc. I will introduce you this beautiful Japanese spring with 10 photos. Even though spring has come, the distant mountains are still full of white snow. Please enjoy the scenery where spring and winter coexist. White Mount Fuji and Shining Trees Mount Fuji and Cherry Blossom in full bloom as seen from Lake Tanuki, Fujinomiya City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan = AdobeStock Mount Fuji and cherry blossoms.The shooting location is Lake Kawaguchiko, Yamanashi prefecture Japan = shutterstock Mount Fuji is still in the midst of winter. Meanwhile, spring came around Mount Fuji, so you can enjoy the wonderful contrast of winter and spring.   Pink moss field and Mt. Fuji with clear blue sky = shutterstock Around Mt. Fuji, after the cherry blossoms have fallen, the flowers of Moss Phlox will begin to bloom from the middle of April.   Fresh green tea fields with snow-capped Mount Fuji = shutterstock On the south side of Mt. Fuji, there are many tea plantations. In these fields, the fresh greens are very beautiful in spring.   Mountainous area of Honshu Hakuba chain of mountains of snow and a pink one cherry tree = shutterstock In the mountainous region of Honshu, you can now enjoy the wonderful contrast between winter and spring. The above photo was taken at Hakuba Village in Nagano Prefecture. In Hakuba, high mountains around 3000 meters above sea level are connected. In these mountains, many tourists enjoy skiing and ...

Spring is approaching. White plum blossoms blooming in Tokyo, Japan. Next is the cherry blossoms!

Cherry Blossom Interests

2019/2/18

2019 Japan Cherry Blossom Forecast: slightly earlier or same as usual

Today, I will introduce the cherry blossom forecast of 2019. It is now winter in Japan. However, in Tokyo, plum blossoms began to bloom first. I feel that spring is approaching gradually. Now, the Japanese are starting to feel excited, feeling spring is near. Cherry blossoms are expected to be a little earlier or the same as usual. Please also refer to the following articles for Japanese cherry blossoms.   Summary If you click on this image, the site of Japan Weather Association (in Japanese) will be displayed on a separate page According to the forecast released by the Japan Weather Association on February 7, the cherry blossoms will start flowering from Fukuoka and Kumamoto on March 19. It will flower in Nagasaki and Saga, Kochi on March 21, and Tokyo and Matsuyama on 22th. It will bloom in a wide range from west Japan to eastern Japan by the end of March. In Hokuriku, Nagano and Tohoku regions, there are many places to bloom from early April to mid-April. And on April 29th it will flower in Hakodate, Hokkaido. The forecast for each region announced by the Japan Weather Association is as follows. The cherry blossoms will be in full bloom in about a week after blooming. You can enjoy cherry blossoms for about 10 days after flowering.   Kyushu Region: Cherry Blossom Forecast 2019 Isshingyo Sakura Tree, Aso Kumamoto Japan = shutterstock Map of Kyushu = shutterstock Forecast flowering Average Year Fukuoka City March 19 March 23 Oita City March 24 March 24 Nagasaki ...

Fundamentals

2018/8/13

Recommended sites! Japanese restaurants and festivals

On this page, I introduce sites of so many genres, including restaurants related sites. The link below is useful even when you want to get information about Japanese festivals and attractions, when you want to know Japanese news and weather forecasts, and even if you are interested in Japanese subculture. Please do use it. Restaurant related site GURUNAVI GURUNAVI is the leading restaurant guide site in Japan. It has detailed information on individual restaurants and Izakaya (Japanese style pub) etc. >> The official website of GURUNAVI is here HOT PEPPER HOT PEPPER is a popular restaurant guide site along with the above GURUNAVI. It also has detailed information on individual restaurants and Izakaya (Japanese style pubs) etc. >> The official website of HOT PEPPER is here favy favy is also a site that introduces Japanese restaurants. Although it is not as major as the above GURUNAVI and HOT PEPPER, it is a site that makes it easy for foreign tourists to understand. >> The official website of favy is here SHUN GATE For those who want to know about Japanese food culture, I recommend the following site. SHUN GATE is introducing about delicious food in the region of Japan. This site is very interesting. >> The official website of SHUN GATE is here   Festival and attraction information site JAPAN ATTRACTIONS JAPAN ATTRACTIONS provides up-to-date information on Japanese events such as festivals and illuminations. When you go to Japan, please collect information on this site, which events will be held in various parts of Japan. ...

Annual Events in Japan

Fundamentals

2018/6/20

Annual Events in Japan! New Year, Setsubun, Hanami, Obon, Christmas etc.

There are still many traditional annual events in Japan. Many Japanese celebrate these annual events with their families. Recently, many foreign tourists enjoying such events. In such an event, you will be able to observe Japanese life culture deeply. Let me introduce representative annual events. New Year events Annual events of the New Year are the biggest in Japan. From the end of the year the following things are taking place. Joya no kane "Joya no kane" is an annual event held at Buddhist temples = Shutterstock "Joya no kane" is an annual event held at Buddhist temples. At midnight on 31 December, the priests ring the big bells of the temple 108 times. There seems to be 108 anxieties to humans. There is a meaning to drive away those feelings to the bells of the night. Toshi-Koshi soba "Toshi-Koshi soba" is noodles customarily eaten on December 31st. Japanese eat long noodles in the hope that they wii lead and fortunate life. Hatsumode Crowd of Hatsumode at Asakusa in Tokyo, Japan. Hatsumode is the first Shinto shrine or Buddhist temple visit of the Japanese New Year = Shutterstock "Hatsumode" is one's first visit of the year to a shrine or temple. In the New Year, every shrine and temple is crowded with so many people.   Setsubun "Setsubun" is a japanese traditional event = Shutterstock "Setsubun" is a traditional event to drive away evil. It will be held in early February. People throw beans at home while chatting "Oni-wa-soto, fuku-wa-uti," meaning "Out with demons! In with good luck!" ...

Snow sculpture at Sapporo Snow Festival site on February in Sapporo, Hokkaido, japan. The Festival is held annually at Sapporo Odori Park = Shutterstock

Life and Culture

2018/6/12

Hokkaido Weather in February! Temperature and precipitation

In February, a lot of winter festivals are held in Hokkaido, including the Sapporo Snow Festival. For this reason, there are so many people going to Hokkaido at this time. However, in February Hokkaido is very cold. If you plan to travel in February, please do not forget to take measures against cold. On this page, I will explain the weather of Hokkaido in February. Weather in Hokkaido in February (overview) The weather of Hokkaido is completely different from Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto etc. It is better to think that the temperature is about 10 degrees lower. In the western part of Hokkaido there are not as many as mountainous areas in Honshu but snow falls a lot. Clouds damp from the Sea of ​​Japan will come and let the snow fall. Although the area on the east side of Hokkaido has less snow than the west side, it is not unusual for the temperature to fall below freezing below 10 degrees. It is very cold, so please do not forget measures against cold. Regarding measures, I wrote it at the beginning of the page below. If you do not mind, please take a look at that page. If you plan on going to see the winter festival such as the Sapporo Snow Festival, you will probably walk outdoors a lot. Since the frozen road surface is very slippery, I recommend you to put non-slip instruments on shoes in particular. In the winter, what kind of clothes to wear in Japan, I summarized the reference information ...

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Japan. Universal Studios Japan is a theme park in Osaka, Japan = Shutterstock

Life and Culture

2018/6/12

Osaka Weather in February! Temperature and precipitation

If you are traveling in Osaka in February it is pretty cold. Do not forget to put winter clothes such as coats on your suitcase. On this page, I will explain about the weather in Osaka in February. Weather in Osaka in February (overview) Osaka, following January, February is also very cold. Sometimes it will snow a bit. However, it rarely piles up. There are relatively many sunny days in February. Instead it is cold, so do not forget to bring your coat or jumper. If you are not good at cold weather, it would be nice to have mufflers and gloves. If you go around temples and shrines, you will have a long time to stay outdoors. Because your body will get cold, you should be careful. In Japanese drug stores and convenience stores, you can buy disposable Cairo. It will be warm if you open the plastic bag and tame well. If the time to go outdoors is long, I recommend using a disposable warmer. In late February the temperature will rise a little. Instead, the wind may be strong. Since the end of February to March, it will be the transition period from winter to spring, the weather will become unstable. Below is the meteorological data of Osaka in February released by the Japan Weather Association.   Osaka weather in early February (2018) Maximum temperature (Celsius) 9.8 Minimum air temperature -1.3 Total precipitation 26.0 mm Fine weather ratio 58&   Osaka weather in the middle of February (2018) Maximum temperature (Celsius) 12.2 ...

On February, asian woman is enjoy traveling at Harajuku street market in Tokyo, Japan = Shutterstock

Life and Culture

2018/6/12

Tokyo Weather in February! Temperature and precipitation

If you go to Tokyo in February, what kind of clothes should you wear? On this page, I will introduce useful information on what kind of clothes you should pack in a suitcase based on the weather data of February 2018 released by the Japan Weather Association. Weather in Tokyo in Fabruary (overview) Together with January, February is the coldest period in Japan. Early February and mid February, it is not uncommon for the lowest temperature to fall below freezing. There are many sunny days, but it is very cold when the wind is strong. It rarely snow. However, once it gets down, the transportation is disturbed and the train is delayed. At the end of February, it will be time to shift from winter to spring. The weather becomes somewhat unstable and days of cloudy weather will increase. If you plan to move from Tokyo to Hokkaido, Nagano Prefecture, etc. at this time, I recommend you to prepare mufflers and gloves. Especially Hokkaido is colder than Tokyo, so beware.   Tokyo weather in early February (2018) Maximum temperature (Celsius) 11.9 Minimum air temperature -1.8 Total precipitation 16.5 mm Fine weather ratio 57 %   Tokyo weather in the middle of Fabruary (2018) Maximum temperature (Celsius) 15.1 Minimum air temperature -1.8 Total precipitation 0.0 mm Fine weather ratio 71 %   Tokyo weather in late January (2018) Maximum temperature (Celsius) 14.7 Minimum air temperature 0.5 Total precipitation 3.5 mm Fine weather ratio 34 %   I appreciate you reading to the end. Back to "February" ...

The red brick former Hokkaido Government office is popular tourist destination. Featured here day scene of the attraction during winter with snow = Shutterstock

Life and Culture

2018/6/12

Hokkaido Weather in January! Temperature and precipitation

On this page, I will explain about the weather in Hokkaido in January. If you travel in Hokkaido in January, please do not forget to take measures against cold. In the west side of Hokkaido, the clouds coming from the Sea of Japan will snow and so much snow is piled up. On the east side of Hokkaido, snow does not fall as far as the west side. However, the temperature sometimes falls below freezing point 10 degrees. Please be careful. Weather in Hokkaido in January (overview) In January the temperature does not often exceed 5 degrees Celsius even during the day. Midnight and dawn are below freezing point 10 degrees. Snow falls often in western cities such as Sapporo, Hakodate, Otaru and Asahikawa. Previously, I was walking in the wilderness on the outskirts of Sapporo during this time and I was about to be buried in the snow. Mountainous areas in the center of Hokkaido are closed by snow. Because the temperature is low, snow may shine like a jewel called diamond dust. Previously, I went into the mountain to see the diamond dust, I was surprised because it was too cold. The city in the east side of Hokkaido, the temperature drops considerably. In the northern city of Abashiri, the temperature may fall to as low as 20 degrees below freezing. Before, I was blown by a strong wind coming from the sea at the cliff of the outskirts of Abashiri, the body really cooled down. People who live in Abashiri say that ...

The Glico Man billboard and other light displays at Dontonbori, Namba Osaka area, Osaka, Japan. Namba is well known as an entertainment area in Osaka = Shutterstock

Life and Culture

2018/6/12

Osaka Weather in January! Temperature and precipitation

If you are going to stay in Osaka in January, you will be wondering what the weather is like in Osaka at that time. On this page, I will explain the weather in Osaka in January. I will also introduce the weather information of Osaka in January released by the Japan Weather Association, so please refer to it. Weather in Osaka in January (overview) The climate of Osaka is coldest in January and February every year like other Japanese cities. Osaka has almost the same climate as Tokyo. However, in January, Osaka is slightly colder than Tokyo. I have lived in Osaka before. At the newspaper company I worked at, I got a transfer order and moved from Tokyo to Osaka. At that time, I felt that Osaka had a lower temperature in winter. Osaka has less rain in January. It can be said that the weather is convenient for traveling around sightseeing spots. However, it is cold, so do not forget to bring coats or jumpers. If you go out for too long, please be careful as your body will get cold. When the body cools down, let's eat something warm or go into a hot spring! Sometimes snow falls only occasionally. Clouds coming from the Sea of Japan will snow. It is somewhat snowy than Tokyo. However, once snow falls in Tokyo, it may result in heavy snow, so it can not be decided in general which city is snowy. The following is weather information of January in Osaka announced by the Japan ...

Crowd of Hatsumode at Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo, Japan on January. Hatsumode is the first Shinto shrine or Buddhist temple visit of the Japanese New Year = Shutterstock

Life and Culture

2018/6/12

Tokyo Weather in January! Temperature and precipitation

If you go to Tokyo anymore in January, you will think about what kind of clothes you should pack in your suitcase. In Tokyo, January is the coldest season of the year. You may as well bring your coat. On this page, I will introduce Tokyo weather data in January. Through these data, please imagine the weather of January in Tokyo. Weather in Tokyo in Jecember (overview) Tokyo in January is pretty cold. There is not much snow like Hokkaido, but there are days when the lowest temperature is below freezing. Even during the day, most people can not spend without a coat. It does not rain much in January. Very beautiful blue sky days continue. Because it does not rain, the air is dry. Some people catch a cold because the temperature is low and the air is dry. Snow rarely rains, but once it gets down, transportation in the city center will get confused. The rain freezes due to snow, which may delay the train. Since the Shinkansen may be delayed, please try to obtain traffic information on the Internet etc. in bad weather.   Tokyo weather in early January (2018) Maximum temperature (Celsius) 16.0 Minimum air temperature -1.4 Total precipitation 9.5 mm Fine weather ratio 69 %   Tokyo weather in the middle of January (2018) Maximum temperature (Celsius) 13.7 Minimum air temperature -1.6 Total precipitation 15.0 mm Fine weather ratio 66 %   Tokyo weather in late January (2018) Maximum temperature (Celsius) 12.0 Minimum air temperature -4.0 Total precipitation 24.0 mm ...

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