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):
Friday, August 5, 2011
The Yamagata Hanagasa Festival
The Yamagata Hanagasa Festival(山形花笠まつり) is being held in Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture from August 5th to 7th.
Hanagasa(花笠) is a bamboo hat decorated with artificial flowers.
People dance to "Hanagasa Ondo" which is a popular dance song in Yamagata area. The well-known phrase "Yassho, Makasho(ヤッショマカショ)" is repeated in the song.
Around 1935, the song was made from a traditional folk song that construction workers sang to keep time when building a bank and its choreography was composed.
This festival, which began as part of a parade to promote tourism in 1963, is a dance parade including various Hanagasa dances performed in many parts of Yamagata.