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KANAZAWA Tour (SHIRAYAMA-HIME Shrine)

I visited KANAZAWA in July with Ms.KUBOTA who is my business partner translating my blog. The purpose to visit there was to visit SHIRAYAMA-HIME shrine (白山比咩神社). This shrine is located in a mountain called “Mt. HAKUSAN” (白山), mountain worshipped for long time by people as a place gods reside. The god is called “SHIRAYAMA-BIME-NO-ŌKAMI” (白山比咩大神) …

Shrine

Seedling Pine Tree of KONO Shrine

“MOTOISE KONO Shrine” is my most revering shrine that I visit more than ten times per year, of which I already wrote in my past article. Last October, I visited there again with my husband as I was informed by the shrine that pine tree seeds dropped from pine trees in the shrine’s precinct have …

Baby Pine Tree

HINA DOLLS TOUR

This year too, HINA-MATSURI (Dolls Festival) season has arrived in Japan. As introduced in the past article, my city holds an event called “(HINA DOLLS TOUR in UJIIE area)” every year in this season and this year, it is 13th event. It is getting more and more famous and thanks to special trains running during …

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A Family Trip to KARUIZAWA

To see a beautiful snowscape, I visited KRUIZAWA with my husband and father last month. KARUIZAWA is a city located between NAGANO and GUNMA prefectures and known as a summer resort. Since the beginning of MEIJI period where lots of foreign people or intellectuals built their second houses, KARUIZAWA has been a prestigious resort city. …

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SETSUBUN

February 3rd, it is called “SETSUBUN” (節分) in Japan. SETSUBUN literally means “seasonal division”, the day before the beginning of spring. In the lunar calendar, it is a sort of New Year’s Eve. (Feb 4th is the start of a new year called “RISSHUN”(立春)). In SETSUBUN, as a traditional custom, holly sprig with a head …

Setsubun

Gathering in KIHACHIJŌ TSUMUGI KIMONO

In Japan, winter is approaching and the changing leaves are now at its best. Recently, I held a gathering for my clients at a Japanese restaurant “TENMARI” located in UTSUNOMIYA city of my prefecture (TOCHIGI prefecture) where we all got together wearing KIHACHIJŌ TSUMUGI KIMONO.     The place was relatively small but the room …

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Admire the moon

End of September, amid the Japanese autumn season, looking up into the night sky, clearly shinning moon can be seen. Japanese people admire the moon of this month with special sentiment, especially the full moon called “CHŪSHŪ NO MEIGETSU (中秋の名月) which appears on the 15th day of the eighth month in the lunar calendar. This …

Full Moon

Trip to KYOTO in SHŌZAN NAMA TSUMUGI

Hello everyone! I went to KYOTO with my clients: O-san and M-san the other day. We had lunch together at very famous and prestigious Japanese restaurant called “KIKUNOI” in KYOTO. Usually I don’t dare to select such expensive restaurant, but this time I took the plunge and booked a table for us because my client …

KIKUNOI

Japanese New Year’s Day ― My family’s OSHŌGATSU

Happy new year everyone! How did you spend your holidays? With your family? Or with your friends? Today, I will introduce Japanese traditional and basic way to celebrate New Year’s Day called “OSHŌGATSU’ taking my family’s for example. Although recently it is celebrated in various manners depending on each generation or region, basically OSHŌGATSU is …

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About Ron

Hi everyone. Recently, I had a very sad experience. My cat Ronald passed away after supporting me for more than 10 years. 15 years ago, when we opened a new kimono shop in TOCHIGI in addition to the main shop in YOKOHAMA, I was going back and forth between these 2 cities. However since the number …

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