Category Archives: nature and garden

Finally Mt.Fuji got newly listed as a World Heritage Site

Now Japan is celebrating this news with the festive mood. As for this decision, there was an additional pleasant surprise for us. That’s ‘Miho pine grove’ was accepted as a part of Mt.Fuji-related cultural assets. ICOMOS(International Council on Monuments and … Continue reading

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Today is the climax of cherry blossoms in Tokyo

It got warm very suddenly this year 2013.  Until two weeks ago it was very cold and temperature was less than 10 degrees Celsius.  Japan usually has a spring slowly with the combination of three cold days and four warm days.  … Continue reading

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Asagao, morning glory

Asagao, morning-glory is a typical summer flower here.  Japanese sweets served at a tea ceremony usually represent the season.  Asagao is often used as a summer theme for the sweets. The flowers open only in the morning and close in the afternoon.  Now elementary students often grow this flower … Continue reading

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raccoon dog pottery doll

A raccoon dog pottery doll is often seen in Japan along with beckoning cat dolls.  You could find one or two in a private home’s garden or other places. This doll originates from Shigaraki, a famous pottery town in Shiga prefecture.  It became popular all over … Continue reading

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Japan is a volcanic country

Recently the supply of Japan’s energy became nuclear-free.  But the government has decided to restart Oi nuclear power plant to deal with the shortage of energy of this summer. Japan’s energy has depended on nuclear and fossil fuel.  Although Japan is not blessed with oil and … Continue reading

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Rice planting has started

From the beginning of May, rice farmers become very busy.  First, water is drawn to the fields, and then rice seedlings are transplanted to the fields.  You could see hard-working farmers and beautiful paddy fields on the way to the city centers from … Continue reading

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Sakura, Cherry blossoms are in full bloom today

Now Japan is covered with cherry pink!  Today and tomorrow cherry blossoms will be at peak in Tokyo.  It is warm today but this spring is a bit too cold.  I went to see cherry trees yesterday and I caught a cold.  At the … Continue reading

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