12 Day of June – Dripping

Otowa Waterfall, where the waters are divided into three separate streams. Visitors can use the cups provided at the base of the waterfall to drink from them. Each of the streams is believed to have a different effect, such as bringing success, love, and longevity. You should only pick one of the three streams, though, […]

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11 Day of June – lined up

A lot of rules regarding indoor manners in Japan are related to footwear. A clear line is traditionally drawn between inside and outside, and outdoor shoes and indoor slippers are handled accordingly. These rules not only apply to most Japanese homes, but also to many traditional ryokan, some restaurants and the indoor sections of many […]

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10 Day of June – Fresh summer

Sea, sun, and sand… For many these represent summer. Not so in Japan. Instead, it’s wind chimes, dragonflies, goldfish, and watermelon that evoke summer for the Japanese. It’s well known that the Japanese appreciate the different seasons, and clothing, interior decoration, various accessories, and more each have their seasonal patterns.

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9 Day of June – dripping

Otowa Waterfall – Kiyomizudera is located in Higashiyama, a hilly district in eastern Kyoto with lots of temples and shrines, as well as amazing views of traditional buildings and shops and restaurants. The Otowa Waterfall, the site of the temple’s construction, is located at the base of Kiyomizudera’s main hall.

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8 Day of June – Lined up

Japan’s love of line-forming begins with the lessons kids learn as early as kindergarten: self-discipline, cooperation, and respect. For example, it’s not uncommon for Japanese nursery and elementary schools to host group performances of more than 100 students. While one age group plays an instrument, another sits quietly and listens. The kids that are playing learn […]

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7 Day of June – Dark

錦鯉 – Nishikigoi, often called Koi fish or Japanese carp, are fish with colors and patches raised and kept for appreciation. The carp originates from China and was brought to Japan by means of gifts. Its first Japanese mention dates back to 71AD (of Koi held by the presumed legendary Emperor Keikō). It took until […]

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6 Day of June – Big – Oyunohara Torii

Officially the biggest Torii gate in Japan at more than 33 metres tall. Oyunohara Torii is located on the former site of Kumano Hongu Taisha shrine. To visit: take the shinkansen from Tokyo Station. Or Shinagawa Station to Nagoya, before switching to the JR Kisei Main line to Shingu Station.

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5 Day of June – Blue

The Hydrangea (紫陽花, アジサイ, ajisai ) is a popular flower in Japan. Native hydrangea varieties have been mentioned in Japanese written records from the 8th century, while European varieties were introduced in the early 20th century. Hydrangeas typically bloom during the rainy season in June and July. Making them a symbol and the most popular […]

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