fall foliage forecast for 2017
Fall color is at peak in the Taisetsu Mountain Range, Hokkaido. (September 24, 2017)
when and where to see fall foliage (Japanese version only):
Current foliage reports (Japanese version only):
Christmas lights :
https://sp.jorudan.co.jp/illumi/rank.html (Japanese version only)
http://www.rurubu.com/season/winter/illumination/ (Japanese version only)
snow and ice festivals (Japanese version only)
Thursday, July 15, 2010
The Bon festival
The 15th day of the 7th month in the lunar calendar is called Urabon-e(盂蘭盆,ullambana). The Bon festival took place from the 13th to 16th day of the 7th month in the lunar calendar until the Edo period.
It's held in August according to the lunar calendar in most areas, but it's done in some areas according to the solar calendar. It is a Buddhist festival held to welcome back the spirits of the dead.
Fruits and dried sugared cakes of rice flour for offerings are sold at supermarkets and ritual articles at flower shops.
These confections are unrelated to The Bon festival.
Aokaede(青楓:green maple leaf):
There are various confections named Aokaede. It is grown green maple leaves. Its color looks cool in summer.
Nadeshiko(撫子:Dianthus superbus, Large Pink):
nadeshiko is famous as one of seven autumn flowers, but it's blooming from June to September.
a design of nadeshiko
Nabo Shimonaka, Kirigami Monkiri-asobi,(Tokyo:TAKARAJIMASHA,Inc.,2007),P.7