Events:

1-30 April Miyako Odori(Cherry Dance), Kyoto
Maiko and geiko dance performances
Advance tickets are available from overseas at:
The performances are being done at Kyoto Art Theater “Shunjuza”(http://k-pac.org/) this year.

25-28 May Azuma Odori, Tokyo
http://www.azuma-odori.jp/ (sorry, Japanese version only)
Geisha dance performances
Tickets will be available after April 14



seasonal flowers:


cherry blossom forecast :
http://sakura.weathermap.jp/ (Japanese version only)  


Friday, January 2, 2015

New Year 2015

Happy New Year!
I hope this year will be a good one.

It was a snowy New Year's Day in many areas including Yokohama.

According to the Chinese zodiac, 2015 is the Year of the Sheep.


New Year's card


"未" means sheep.

Sacred arrows(破魔矢, hamaya)  exorcise evil spirits.
















New Year's card


Ema (a votive horse tablet)

























New Year's card


New Year's rice cakes(Kagami-mochi)
























New Year's card


Kadomatsu (New Year's pine decoration)

Boys used to  play a game of top‐spinning.





















New Year's card




























Ready-made New Year's dishes are set in three-tiered boxes.







a simmered dish called 'Onishime'