Many festivals and events have already been cancelled or postponed due to spread of coronavirus.

cancelled Miyako Odori(Cherry Dance), Minamiza Theatre, Kyoto

Maiko and geiko dance performances

Advance tickets are available from overseas at:

14 April-7 June KIMONO: Fashioning Identities

This exhibition shows kimono from the 13th century to today

Venue: Heiseikan, Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park)

seasonal flowers:

cherry blossom forecasts for 2020 (Japanese version only):

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

New Year 2020

Happy New Year!

May the New Year bring many good things to you.

2020 is the Year of the Rat according to the Chinese zodiac.
Each of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs is related to a characteristic animal.
The rat has been seen as a symbol of wisdom, wealth and prosperity because they multiply rapidly and have been thought to be a messenger of Daikokuten (god of wealth).

New Year's cards

formal(to elders and betters)

謹賀新年(Kinga Shinnen)
恭賀新年(Kyoga Shinnen)

"子" means a rat.

Ornamental cabbages are often planted with violas and garden cyclamens.

New Year Holiday Arrangement with an ornamental cabbage

Ready-made traditional New Year foods called Osechi Ryori are set in three-tiered boxes.

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