Events:

cherry blossom forecast:

https://weathernews.jp/s/topics/201801/170075/ (Japanese version only)

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

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):

https://hanami.walkerplus.com/

https://sp.jorudan.co.jp/hanami/

http://www.otenki.jp/sp/art/sakura/

http://www.rurubu.com/season/spring/sakura/

http://www.jalan.net/theme/sakura/



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”(http://k-pac.org/) again this year.

seasonal flowers:




Friday, January 14, 2011

Utakai Hajime

Utakai Hajime (Imperial New Year's Poetry Reading) was held at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 14. The reading of traditional tanka poetry is convened by the Emperor.
This year's theme was "葉(ha: the leaf)" and next year's theme is "岸(kishi: the shore)".

Ceremony of the Utakai Hajime(The Imperial Household Agency)


Gyodai(odai)-gashi(御題菓子:confection associated with this year's theme)

This confection is named Oimatu(老松: old pine). Pines have been reagarded as a sacred tree and a symbol of longevity in Japan since ancient times. Old pines are stately.

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