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Spring in Japan

The spring season in Japan is certainly spectacular in many ways. It is one of the best times of the year for a trip to Japan. This article will explain some characteristics of this magnificent station.

Temperature

In March, Tokyo's spring weather is an average of 13 degrees during the afternoon, and 5 degrees Celsius during the morning and evening. In April, the afternoon temperatures reach an average of 18.5 degrees, while temperatures in the morning and night are around 10.5 degrees Celsius. In May, during the afternoons we can experience around 23 degrees Celsius, while in the evenings and mornings temperature decreases to around 15 degrees.

Gastronomy

Sakura Mochi:

Mochi is the Japanese sticky rice cake. Mochi making is associated with almost all important occasions in Japan. There are so many varieties of mochi available here based on the locations, seasons etc. Sakuramochi is the sweet pink coloured mochi of spring.

Young Bamboo Shoots:

Young bamboo shoots are used in cooking during the spring and summer seasons. It is usually served with rice or seasoned with a sauce. Takenoko is the Japanese word for this. People used to go out digging these seasonal shoots.

Strawberries:

Strawberries can also be seen in most desserts and sweets of spring as it is the main fruit of the season. Tochigi prefecture offers a lot of places were strawberry picking can be do it.

Sakura themed drinks:

There's a lot of commercial establishments that offers spring limited drinks made from the sakura flower, for example coffees and shakes.

Famous Events

Sanja Matsuri:

Sanja Matsuri festival is a celebration of the three legendary founders of Sensoji Temple in Tokyo’s Asakusa neighborhood, with nearly two million people visiting during the three-day event.

Aoi Matsuri:

Considered one of the three most important festivals in Kyoto, the Aoi Matsuri takes place on the 15th of May each year. It is held by the important Kamo Shrines, Kamigamo Shrine and Shimogamo Shrine, and the origins of the festival can be traced all the way back to rites performed to appease the gods and pray for bountiful harvests in the 6th century. It was established as a more formal annual ritual in the 8th century Heian period when Kyoto became the capital and the Emperor recognized the importance of the Kamo shrines to the capital's prosperity. Because of the aoi (hollyhock) leaves pinned to the participants' hats, clothing, and carts, it earned the colloquial name of Hollyhock Festival over its original Kamo Festival title.

Children’s Day:

Every May 5, it is Kodomo no Hi or "Children’s Day" in Japan. Families fly koinobori banners in the shape of a carp (a type of fish) for each child in their house. In Japanese folklore, the carp is a symbol of determination and vigor, overcoming all obstacles to swim upstream. Samurai warrior figurines and samurai kabuto helmets are also displayed in homes to inspire strength and bravery.

Golden Week:

Golden Week comes at a very pleasant time of the year in Japan; temperatures are neither too cold nor too hot. Golden Week is the given name of series of holidays from the end of April till the beginning of May, were almost all Japanese employees receive a week of vacation and many people thus travel to resort areas.

Shibazakura Festival:

The Fuji Shibazakura festival is one of the best events to enjoy Japanese spring. Various types of Shibazakura that bloom throughout the complex. You cannot miss the best places to take pictures, with the carpet of the Shibazakura and the beautiful mountain, The Mount Fuji that is known as the symbol of Japan and has been in the spirit of the Japanese for centuries. From April to May, the flower of Shibazakura in small flowers of approximately 1.5 cm in diameter, in red, pink, white or purple. It stands out for the appearance of its flowers to cherry blossoms. It is a vine plant that covers the ground like a lawn and, therefore, is called "cherry trees of the lawn" in Japanese.

Kanda Matsuri:

Kanda-Matsuri Festival is one of the three largest festivals in Edo, and indeed in all of Japan. The grand six-day celebration attracts the largest crowds especially on two days. In the Shinko-sai parade, mikoshi portable shrines weave from Kanda to Nihonbashi, to the Ote-Marunouchi area, and to Akihabara. And in the Mikoshi Miya-iri procession, a hundred floats prepared by the parish towns enter the shrine premises to worship. Both events offer the chance to see the energy of Japanese mikoshi parades.

Hanami:

In Japan, a very important national ceremony is held every year. This ritual is called "Hanami," whose meaning is "to observe the flowers." It consists, generally, of having a picnic between friends, family or co-workers, under the cherry trees to observe its flower, known in the country as "Sakura".
At the end of March until the beginning of May, cherry blossoms bloom throughout Japan, and this flowering process is followed by almost the entire population through television news, during the flowering period of Sakura is, respectively, Two weeks throughout the year
There are no more places to appreciate the cherry blossoms at Yasukuni Shrine in the Kudanshita area.
The Sakura flower is one of the most important symbols of Japan and is loved by millions of people for its extraordinary beauty. If you are in Japan during the cherry season, it is highly recommended to make time to do the Hanami, one of the most enjoyed activities for the Japanese people.
For this and many more reasons, traveling in spring to Japan is a wonderful and unforgettable experience

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