Kikyo's diary

This blog introduces daily lives, travel, food, culture, work in Japan.

冬至, Winter solstice on December 22

Today is "Toji", Winter solstice! Sponsored Links // 今日は12月22日が冬至です。 冬至は、1年で最も日が短くて、最も夜が長い日です。この日から段々と日が長くなっていきます。 まだ、とても寒いですが、今日を境に春に向かっています。 “Toji” means t…

Osechi-ryori (Japanese New Year’s cuisine)

おせち料理 Osechi-ryori (Japanese New Year’s cuisine) Sponsored Links // おせち料理について、簡単な英語の説明を考えました。 Now, it is time to select Osechi-ryori, Japanese New Year's cuisine. 今、おせち料理、日本のお正月の料理を選ぶ時期で…

Momijigari, Autumn Leaves Viewing (2017)

// Momijigari is “Autumn Leave Viewing.” Autumn Leave Viewing is one of the seasonal events of Autumn in Japan. After the hot and humid summer, people enjoy the comfortable climate and plan to view the colored autumn leaves. Mt. Fuji from …

Japanese Calendar, 2018

// // National holidays in Japan 2-Jan New Year's Day gantan 8-Jan Coming of Age Day seijin no hi 12-Feb National Foundation Day kenkoku kinen no hi 21-Mar Spring Equinox shunbun no hi 29-Apr Showa Day showa no hi 3-May Constitution Day ke…

Grand Sumo Tournament (2017)

Do you know Sumo?Sumo is a Japanese national sport.It is said that Sumo has been practicing more 1500 years. In ancient time, Sumo matches were annually held as rituals to pray for a good harvest.This lasted over 300 years as an event of t…

Traditional festivals in autumn

// Many traditional festivals are held in autumn in Japan. The pictures below are “Hagi matsuri” in Nashiki Shrine, Kyoto."Hagi" means bush clover, and "matsuri" means festival in Japanese. Bush clover is one of “aki-no-nanakusa”(the seven…

Tsukimi, Moon Viewing

// We have many seasonal events in Japan, which are often held in shrines and temples.In Shinto, it is said that “yaoyorozu no kami” which means eight million gods are existing in nature, even in mountain, trees, river, ocean, all over the…