Seasonal events

Seasonal events

Pounding Mochi

Description Pounding Mochi is a white rice that is done during a ceremony in Japan. There is an entire process to the celebration that involves soaking the mochi overnight, pounding it with mallets while wetting it and then making spheres from it. The result is a white sphere or cube of rice patties that are formed and eaten that are slightly sweet and delicious. Since it is so labor intensive, it is a thing that you do that is done usually only a couple of times, if not only once, a year.

Valentine's Day

Description Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Japan just as it is in the States. It was introduced in 1936 and became more like the States in the 50s and 60s. It is a time where there is romance and chocolates are expected to be given, along with cards, to the people you love. Women are the ones who are expected to give chocolates on this day, especially to male co-workers, and it has become part of the tradition.

White Day

Description White day is celebrated on March 14, just one month after the celebration of Valentines day. In Japan Valentines day is a day that is most often associated with women initiating gifts to the men in their lives out of curtesy. White day is the day when men return the favor. They are supposed to give their love white things such as jewelry, white chocolate, marshmallows and lingerie. It is the payback for Valentines Day.

Shell Gathering

Description One of a favorite pass time for Japanese residents and tourists alike is clam digging. What is clam digging? It is a way that people go and look for clams in the spring and summer months in Japan. During these times of the year it is not uncommon to see large crowds lined up around the bay looking for these clam delicacies to partake in. It is a popular thing for those who enjoy the fresh clams of the season.

Gathering Bamboo Shoots

Description Gathering bamboo shoots may be something that you wouldn’t think about doing, but while in Japan it is a very popular thing to do. It is truly an event where people gather in Hano city to sift through the countryside looking for bamboo. Whether they gather in groups, or just go out on their own, people spend the whole day in search of beautiful bamboo shoots they use them to make various decorations and other traditional Japanese cultural items.

Beer Garden

Description The summer beer gardens are the funnest place for those who love beer, and those who don’t as well. There are many restaurants that will hold beer gardens which are really a place to sit outdoors and relax under the day or night sky. A place that is designated to just sit and relax, it is a favorite for many restaurants during the hot summer months, to sit outside and enjoy an ice cold beer.

Samba Carnival

Description Looking for some summer fun don’t miss the big festival that comes in August in Asakusa Samba. Accessible by public transit, it is close to restaurants, bars and the action of the city. A full carnival it has games and parades and all the attractions that come to life for the entire family. Just what you would imagine in a carnival the Samba carnival is a family favorite that comes to town every August and something if you are in visiting you should not miss.

Doyo no Ushi no Hi

Description Freshwater eel, Unagi is a delicacy that is highly enjoyed in Japan. There is an art to preparing eel that has been perfected through centuries of traditional and cultural cooking. There are many traditional Japanese cuisine that use Unagi as a main ingredient in their menu. Rich in many nutrients, it not only tastes amazing it is a reason why the Japanese enjoy such longevity and live such a healthy life.

Gathering Edible Wild Plants(Sansai)

Description Gathering Edible Wild Plants(Sansai) is a tradition in Japan. There are many wild plants that are only grown in the countryside of Japan. Because of their beauty, or for their nutritional content, they are gathered during different times of the year depending on the wild plant you are hunting from. Many are perennials that grow wild throughout the countryside. Stemming from ancient times the edible plants are collected for medicinal and nutrient purposes from people around Japan.

Chestnut-gathering japan

Description Chestnut is a tradition in the Japanese culture. A main ingredient in many traditional Japanese meals, it is considered a staple food. There are many places in the rural outlines of Tokyo where chestnuts are harvested. If you want to see it in action, and see where the chestnut comes from, take a trip and see one of the farms that produces these little pieces of wonder and delight. Not only can you see how they are grown, you will see the many ways that they can be prepared to taste and eat.


Description Halloween is celebrated in Tokyo just as it is in the states. There are many different parties and festivities around town. It is something that is celebrated usually more than just one day depending on the day that it falls. If you are in Tokyo during Halloween expect to celebrate in the same way with costumes, parties and the same affairs you would have here. Get ready for some adult fun with a costume party that is just for you.


Description Christmas is not celebrated as highly in Japan as it is in the states, specifically because there is not a high population of Christians in Japan. It is still celebrated around Tokyo and although not a national holiday there are many who celebrate around town. The Japanese who do honor it have basically the same traditions such as Santa Claus and the Japanese Christmas tree. They also decorate flowers and eat Christmas cake. It is not unusual to see the remnants of celebration around the city.


Description Soba is a buckwheat type of noodle. It is a tiny thin noodle which is contrary to the other popular type Udon. They are served with soups and other ingredients are usually sold at various fast food stands and railway stations. They are also sold dry for you to prepare at home. It is a traditional noodle that is sold around the city, and something that is a symbol of traditional Japanese cuisine. It is a cheap, yet tasty and satisfying, meal.

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