Events:

1-27 April Miyako Odori(Cherry Dance), Minamiza Theatre, Kyoto

Maiko and geiko dance performances

Advance tickets are available from overseas at:

http://miyako-odori.jp/english/

23-26 May Azuma Odori, Shinbashi Enbujo, Tokyo

https://azuma-odori.net/english/

Geisha dance performances

Tickets will be available after April 7

seasonal flowers:

cherry blossom forecast 2019:

http://www.japan-guide.com/sakura/

https://weathernews.jp/s/topics/201902/140055/?fm=sw&fmdotop=1  (Japanese version only)

https://tenki.jp/sakura/expectation/  (Japanese version only)


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

after bon festival

Temperatures reached over 37 degrees Celsius in Tokyo.

I put a special altar, things placed on it and Bon Festival lanterns back in order. I had soumen offered at the altar with my family for lunch.

In early summer, I've walked along a path named amanobe no Michi(山の辺の道) which is an ancient route connecting the foots of some mountains in Nara Prefecture. I ate Miwa Soumen(三輪素麺) at Chogaku-ji temple(長岳寺) along the path. Miwa soumen(Japanese vermicelli made in Miwa area) are thin, but it has body. It was topped with green maple leaves for decoration to give visitors a sensation of coldness.
It was hot and I was tired, so I very much enjoyed the cold vermicelli. It's probably one of the best-tasting somen I've ever had.

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