cherry blossom forecast:
https://weathernews.jp/s/topics/201801/170075/ (Japanese version only)
https://tenki.jp/sakura/expectation/(Japanese version only)
http://sakura.weathermap.jp/ (Japanese version only)
when and where to see cherry blossoms (Japanese version only):
Monday, November 22, 2010
In Japan, many couples have their weddings in October, November, March and May. June is in the rainy season, so it's thought to be unsuitable for wedding.
People avoided to get married in the 10th month in the lunar calendar due to the absence of the Japanese gods in the Edo Period, .
In the Edo Period, few commoners had their weddings. The weddings of the warrior class were done in the bridegroom's house from early evening until night.
Most marriage ceremonies have been conducted in Shinto shrines since the Meiji Period.
Today, many couples choose Christian-style weddings, although most of them are non-Christians.
Mie Kuwahara, "Oshi-e no Gaku-e" in the November issue of Oshare-Koubou(Tokyo:Japan Broadcast Publishing Co.,Ltd., 1995),p.24.
桑原実絵,"押し絵の額絵", おしゃれ工房11月号(東京:日本出版放送協会, 1995),p.24.
This is a folktale about mice finding a husband for the daughter. Eventually, he marries off his daughter to the next door mouse.
This is made with a handicraft technique named Oshi-e(押し絵:padded cloth picture). By using this technique, we can put fabric scraps to good use.
Uchikake is a women's bridal robe with trailing skirts worn over a kimono, and its hem is stuffed with cotton. Upper-class ladies used to wear it. Tsunokakushi literally means a headdress to veil bride's horns.
Elderly women take the role.
Hourai-san(蓬莱山, Mount Penglai)
According to Chinese legend, Hourai-san is the mountain where a mountain hermit lives.Hourai-san is a big monju(buns filled with sweat bean paste) with a weight of 1 kg and contains some small monju. It is also known as Komochi-manju(manju with children), so it's served in celebrations like weddings.
According to Toraya's records of the late Edo period, the confection contained 20 small manju.
Now several confectionery shops sell this contection only by subscription. Toraya's Yomogashima contains five or seven small manju.