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Spring Cherry Blossom Fest at Zojoji Temple Tokyo

The Spring Cherry Blossom Fest at Zojoji Temple Tokyo Origin of Zojoji Tokugaya shogun was the one most powerful samurai leader in whole of Japan. He was the real ruler, the chief of army. The reining monarch in Kyoto was monarch by title only. Shogun ruled from Edo, a region far away from the then capital…

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Celebrating Spring cherry blossoms in Japan

Celebrating Spring cherry blossoms in Japan Petals fall. Float on the water beneath. A pink tinge covers the blue sky reflecting on the water. The pink cover shimmers, in the gentle breeze. It is spring, season of Sakura, the cherry blossom in Japan. As the winter bids farewell, the blossoms usher in spring. Starting from…

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About winter weather and winter festivities in Japan

Winter Weather How is winter in Japan? Mild pleasant, to bitter cold, answers can vary depending on whom you are asking. Even though it is not the longest or the widest of land mass known to humans, the weather varies widely. Hokkaido island in the North is cold, very cold, neighbor to Siberia. Okinawa island in…

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Construction next door – Aha!

New neighbor Suppose you are returning home, shopping, slurping, seeing friends. Whistling that tune somewhat absent mindedly. As you step out of the elevator, you see a notice pasted on the hallway. Someone moving in to an apartment next to yours. So, why the notice? Well in Japan the custom is that all neighbors are…

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Autumn in Kyoto – Part III

Continued from before... for Kiyomizudera see Autumn in Kyoto Part I for Kinkakuji see Autumn in Kyoto - Part II Ginkakuji After Kinkakuji next destination was Ginkakuji. We wandered back to the bus stop, world heritage sign pointing backwards. Time for a quick time check. Finished lunch at the 1st floor small but cosy glass covered family run…

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Autumn in Kyoto – PART II

Continued from http://www.couchflyer.com/autumn-in-kyoto-part-i/ Kinkakuji Next morning we started early. Our destination - Kinkakuji, in the north west of the city. Subway seemed to be the faster option. From Subway Kitaoji station, it's a short bus or taxi ride. We were excited. Kinkakuji is said to be the living representation of the Japan seen in calendars and travel magazines. Established by…

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Tokyo Super Yasakoi Genki Matsuri

Definitions first Matsuri -> Festival Genki -> happy, energetic Yosakoi -> a modern Japanese folk dance Tokyo Super yosakoi Genki Matsuri is one of the big annual matsuris around. Matsuris are traditional festivals. Men women children dress up eat drink enjoy sing and dance. From temporary expressions of joy more formalized  art forms evolve. Awa…

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