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)
Monday, November 15, 2010
Shichi Go San and Tokanya
These are red and white egg-shaped suama(寿甘、素甘), which is rice cakes containing sugar. Torinoko-mochi(鳥の子餅) are red and white egg-shaped rice cakes made of only glutinous rice. Both of them are festive confections. Tsurunoko literally means a crane egg or chick.
A harvest festival named Tokanya(十日夜) is held in the north part of Japan on the 10th day in the 10th month in the lunar calendar (corresponding to November 15th this year). The god of rice paddy goes back to the mountain on the day after harvesting of the rice. It is said that Tokanya is one of the three major days for moon-viewing along with Jugoya and Jusanya.