“Hanami” is a drinking party under cherry trees in full blossom.

“Hanami” is a drinking party under cherry trees in full blossom. Upper class people enjoyed hanami as early as the 9th century, but the common people became to enjoy it during the Edo era.(1600-1869) It is said that farmers estimated their harvest by examining the way the flowers bloomed. If the result was fortune, they drank to celebrate it and, if the result was bad , they drank to drive out evil spirits. Either way, everyone drank under the cherry blossoms.

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Cherry blossoms come out between March and April, in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. The peak bloom period depends on the place and climate. In Okinawa, Sakura Festival is held in January, on the other hand in Hokkaido it’s in early May. At the beginning of March which is right before the season, the Japan Meteorological Agency issues cherry blossom forecasts every week. Japanese people love cherry blossoms not only because they are beautiful but also they only bloom for a very short period. We enjoy eating and drinking with family, friends or coworkers under the fully bloomed cherry blossoms.

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People enjoy Yozakura, the illuminated cherry blossom at night. I recommend you to see it because it’s fantastic and very beautiful.

Every spring, many parks get crowded with viewers and street stalls. Sometimes people stay overnight at the park to get a good spot for cherry blossom viewing.

There are many kinds of cherry blossoms. Somei-yoshino is the most famous one in Tokyo.

 

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Today is White day in Japan. What is white day?

On this day, men give women presents in return for the chocolates they received on Valentine’s Day. Traditionally, popular White Day gifts are cookies, jewelry, white chocolate, and marshmallows. This is Japanese custom. This custom in White day was invented by some confectionery companies as one of their marketing campaigns. It is very popular custom as same as Valentine’s day in Japan.

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Let’s peek nice old times in Yokosuka

This is the link you can see late 70s and early 80s in Yokosuka.

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Japanese Diet Food “Konjac”

It’s a kind of yam cake made from Konjac yam, jelly-like texture. Konjac foods are good for your health because they’re no carb, high fiber foods. They also have lots calcium, kalium and minerals. Eat Yam as Konjaku is a unique culture, only exist in Japan. It is very chewy. Konjac has been known in Japan since the sixth century as a medicinal food, and it has been eaten for 1500 years. In 1846, the publication of the book Konnyaku Hyakusen (100 recipes of Konnyaku) demonstrates its popularity in the Edo period.

Nowadays Japanese ladies eat it as diet food.

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Modern diseases in Japan: Hay fever / Pollen allergy

You may see lots Japanese people are wearing mask these days.

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Research* shows that 32.2 percent of Japanese have symptoms of hay fever now. It’s an allergy which is caused by the pollen of certain plants coming into contact with the mucous membranes of human noses and eyes. It’s such a common problem in Japan that these days the weather forecasts also include a pollen dispersal forecast.

This kind of device would help…..

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If you go to eye-glasses store, you may see the eye protect glasses.

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This is the nose plug.

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This is the medication to apply inside nose.

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Kaiseki Ryouri – Japanses full tea ceremony

Have you tried Kaiseki Ryouri ?

Basically designated to be served at a full tea ceremony. Can be eaten at restaurants where formal, high-class Japanese cuisine is served. Made under strict rules such as the food must highlight the season, and must appeal to the eye as well as to the plate.

You can find Kaiseki Ryori restaurant in Yokohama and Tokyo area as well as Yokosuka.

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You tube Liberty Cove House

Please check us on You Tube :)

 

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Sakura Festival

It’s announced that cherry blossom trees will be fully in bloom towards to this weekend at Kawazu Sakura Festival.

Information is at Liberty Cove House concierge desk.

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Strawberry Picking Season

Strawberry picking! You can enjoy strawberry picking from beginning of January in Miura peninsula.Price is 1700 JPY for 30 mins all you can eat. In March the price will be reduced as 1,500 JPY.

Where: Tsukuihama Kanko Nouen

How to get there: Take Keikyu line and get off at Tsukuihama Station. It is about 20 mins walk. If you need ore information, please feel free to ask our concierge.

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Ramen Noodle in Japan

Ramen noodle becomes very popular all over the world. Also ramen noodle is one of the most popular foods in Japan along with curry and rice. There are various kinds of ramen depending on how the soup is made, the thickness of the noodles and the flavorings. There are also regional varieties of ramen – Sapporo ramen (Miso taste), Tokyo ramen (Chicken base with soy sauce), Hakata ramen (Pork bone stock) and so on. You may want to try one while you are in Japan!

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