Sunday, 1 April 2018

Hanami"Cherry Blossom Viewing" at Osaka castle

 Osaka castle is very popular place of Hanami"Cherry Blossom Viewing" and today ist the best day for it.  Many people enjoy eating,drinking,singing and playing musical instruments under the trees .
This is one of the most cheerful and enjoyable events in Japan.









Thursday, 29 March 2018

Cherry blossoms in full bloom now

 Today I took some good pictures of the cherry blooms in full bloom near my house.  We like to have parties with our family or co-workers under the blossoms and enjoy cherry blossom viewing at the same time.  It is the best time to come to Japan now.





Monday, 12 February 2018

Snowy winter but can enjoy it

 Most of Japan has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons,but  the weather in the winter there is a difference between the area along the Sea of Japan and that on the Pacific Ocean side which is caused by mountain ranges located between the two regions.  In winter, the mountains block the cold, wet wind blowing from the northwest, which causes heavy snow to fall on the Japan Sea side.  On the contrary Pacific side is dry and sunny in the winter.

Tourists can enjoy a beautiful snow covered landscape and hot springs in the snow.










Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Autumn leaf viewing in Kyoto

 It is  a very fine day,so I drcided to visit one of the most famous autumn-leaf-viewing spots in Kyoto.  Fortunately I live in a city located near Kyoto,namely between Osaka and Kyoto.  It takes about 50 minutes  to get to my destination EIKANDO ZENRIN-JI TEMPLE,which is an esoteric Buddhist temple and has over 1,000 years history.

 Many tourists are enjoying a beautiful autumn-leaf-viewing  there.












Saturday, 4 November 2017

Osaka Castle

 Yesterday I visited Osaka Castle to enjoy one of autumnal events held there.  Fortunately I could get a seat in front of the stage and it was free of charge.  Autumn is the best season for tourists to travel in Japan,because weather is very pleasant and many traditional and cultural events are held every where in Japan.  You can also enjoy autumn leaf viewing besides events.  












Saturday, 7 October 2017

A mysterious monk in Kyoto

 A mendicant monk can be seen very seldom in Japan besides Kyoto,whose face is completely covered with a woven straw hat,is called komuso.

Komuso are a groupe of Japanese medeicant monks of one school of Zen Buddhism,who go to the town about asking for alms while playing a vertical bamboo flute called shakuhachi.  Nowadays it is very difficult to encounter them but in Kyoto there is a temple of their school,so you could see them by chance there.









Sunday, 14 May 2017

Zen meditation in Kyoto

 Zen meditation was very popular discipline for samurai in order to keep the calm.  In Kyoto there are many temples of zen sect where tourists can also try to experience zen sitting meditation as a trial participant.

 You can find a temple from this website where you can ecperience zen sitting meditation in Kyoto.
http://www.pref.kyoto.jp/visitkyoto/en/theme/activities/cultural/zazen/