cherry blossom forecast: (Japanese version only) version only) (Japanese version only)  

when and where to see cherry blossoms (Japanese version only):

1-30 April Miyako Odori(Cherry Dance), Kyoto
Maiko and geiko dance performances
Advance tickets are available from overseas at:
The performances wil be done at Kyoto Art Theater “Shunjuza”( again this year.

seasonal flowers:

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Bon festival

Now that the rainy season is drawing to a close, heavy rain is battering some regions. They are suffering major losses because of flooded river or mudslides due to heavy rain.

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

下中菜穂,「切り紙 もんきり遊び」,株式会社宝島社,2007年,P.7
Nabo Shimonaka, Kirigami Monkiri-asobi,(Tokyo:TAKARAJIMASHA,Inc.,2007),P.7

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