Monthly Archives: February 2015

I LOVE JAPAN ❤ 日本の今を伝えたい! もうすぐひな祭り!

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もうじき3月
ひな祭り」楽しみで〜す!
左上の小さなおひな様とおだいり様は、今は亡き父が粘土で作ったもの。
下の右側のは叔母が作った木目込み人形。
良い思い出になっています。

“Hina-matsuri” or the Doll Festival for girls is celebrated each year on March 3 in Japan.
Platforms covered with a red carpet are used to display a set of “Hina” dolls representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period.
The three mini sets of “Hina” dolls are the simplified versions.

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I LOVE JAPAN ❤ 日本の今を伝えたい! 寒い時期の旅行は・・・

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Japan is a beautiful country with lots to offer. Every year, millions of tourists come to Japan to explore, and the number of tourists has been growing steadily. While Japan has plenty for tourists (and even locals) to see, one must always consider the weather conditions. After all, who cares how beautiful some landmark is if it’s just too cold to stand outside and look at it?

As a resident of Japan, I seem to find myself in this predicament every winter. There are much colder places than Japan (some of which I have even lived in), but without the benefit of a car, it feels just as cold as any Midwestern winter due to the amount of time a person has to spend walking around outside in order to get from point A to point B.

For example, the other day I was considering a visit to Gotemba, a city in Shizuoka Prefecture that is near Mt. Fuji. I’ve always wanted to see Gotemba, and now that I’ve been in Japan for just under four years, there’s no time like the present, right? Well, that idea quickly fell by the wayside when I realized that it’s still early February and that I’d have to be walking around outside in the freezing cold for hours. Not a very enticing proposition.

The Gotemba trip is still on my to-do list, but it will have to wait until things warm up. This situation caused me to think about visitors to Japan who come during winter months.

How do they feel about sightseeing in the cold weather?Do they mind walking for miles in freezing temperatures? While Japan’s summer months are notorious for their heat and humidity, I find that the winters here are sometimes as uncomfortable as the summer is. That really only leaves a few months in spring and fall combined as ideal sightseeing months. And when you have to walk around as much as you do in Japan to get around, you most definitely want the weather on your side. When making plans to travel, you’d be well advised to consider the time of year.

It does get cold here!