fall foliage forecast for 2018: (Japanese version only)

The fall colors have begun in the Taisetsu mountain range, Hokkaido. (September 16, 2018)

Daisetsuzan National Park Sounkyo Visitor Center:

when and where to see fall foliage: (Japanese version only) (Japanese version only) (Japanese version only)

fireworks displays (Japanese version only):

fireworks festivals will also be held in October and November!

seasonal flowers:

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Imonikai(hot pot party)

Imonikai(芋煮会) is a hot pot party held outdoors in Tohoku region in autumn.

imoni in Yamagata

Imoni is a hot pot made of mainly taro, and meat, carrot, burdock, Chinese cabbage, deep-fried bean curd, daikon radish, soybean curd, mushroom, and so on. It is simmered in a soy-sauce-based or miso-based sauces. Seasoning and ingredients differ from region to region.

imonikai in Miyagi

The party is particularly widespread in Yamagata and Miyagi Prefectures. From October to November, one can see many people enjoying hot pot parties on the river banks. Some parties are open to outsiders.

imonikai in Yamagata


  1. Oh Ichinen, this hot pot looks delicious, yummy :D!! I wish I could be there to taste it!
    Greetings, Ilona

    1. It warms us up instantly. People who visit these areas in this season may be able to get a small share.