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Fun and festivities in Japan - celebrations, festivals and cultural events

Most of the Japanese islands are located in a temperate climate zone, characterized by a clear division of seasons. This feature gives residents and guests of Japan an excellent opportunity to observe the change of seasons in the conditions of original landscapes and enjoy the changes occurring in nature. Many festivals organized in the country are devoted to natural phenomena. They are held throughout the year in different parts of Japan. Among the official festivals, one can single out the Emperor’s birthday. During the festivity, the Emperor, Empress and Crown Prince appear on the veranda of the Palace to meet with the people. At the end of the solemn part, everyone can come to the Palace and leave congratulatory messages for the emperor in a special book.
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One of the most loved events of the people is New Year. Its symbols in Japan are; Hamaimi (Special blunted arrows with white feathers believed to protect the house from evil spirits), Takarubees (boats with rice for the seven spirits of luck), Kumade (bamboo rake), “shovel” in the house for happiness and luck. The brightest event of the Japanese winter is the February festival of snow sculptures in Sapporo. During the week of this festivity, guests of the holiday can admire realistic ice palaces and figures of heroes of famous Japanese animated films. At night, a skillful illumination gives the ice and snow sculptures a truly majestic look. The festivity area is equipped with an ice park with attractions. Concerts are held and snacks with local food and drinks are distributed.
On the third day of March, Hinamatsuri or Girl’s Day which is a romantic holiday is marked. The most beautiful tradition attached to this event is the ubiquitous exhibition of dolls. Richly dressed girls doll called “hina ningyo”, are exhibited in houses on specially designed stands helping to recreate scenes from the life of the imperial court. In the olden days, people believed that dolls are capable of driving away evil spirits. Japanese boys also have their own holiday, Tango no sacku or Boy’s Day celebrated on the 5th day of May. On this day, colorful carp images are displayed in the houses symbolizing the strength of spirit and courage. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The cherry blossom festival “Hanami” enjoys the love of the Japanese who are extremely sensitive to the process of observing flowering trees. Sakura blooms lasts for only a few days and when the cold comes, the flowering period lasts only a few hours. In addition to natural beauty, the locals see a profound meaning in this, which consists of the fragility and transience of human life. Sakura’s blooming begins at different times in different cities. Officially, the beginning of the holiday is announced when the first flower blossoms in the trees near the ancient Buddhist shrine of Yasukuni in Tokyo. This usually occurs in the middle or end of March.
Tokyo HDR On July 7th, Tanabata known as the Star Festival is held in Japan. According to legend, it was on this night that the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the Weaver Stars (Vega) and Cowherd Star (Altair)) who were previously separated by the Milky Way meet just once a year. The Japanese write down their wishes on paper tapes which they subsequently tie around the stems of wild bamboo. The Buddhist Obon Festival is a three-day celebration (August 13-15) dedicated to the commemoration of the dead. The Japanese believe that on these nights, the souls of the dead come to visit the living. During this time, festive services are held in temples. Refreshments are exhibited at the home altars and lights are lit at the entrances to the houses. They believe that by doing this, the soul can go to their light. In the evenings, traditional ritual dances are held in the Parks. The end of the holiday is marked with a ceremony of floating lanterns when a lot of paper lanterns with candles inside float on the water to lead the souls of the deceased back to the realm of the dead.
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Fantastic City Tours and Excursions in Japan

Uniques spots of Japan

Seagaia Ocean Dome

From the series “The Greatest and Fanciest Water Parks”
One of the most enormous and spectacular water parks in the world is located in the Japanese city of Miyazaki; it's called Seagaia Ocean Dome. This title fully reflects the main feature of the water park. It is covered and, in fact, represents a huge metal dome with a retractable roof. When the weather is nice, the roof is set aside and guests of the water park can sunbathe. If the weather goes bad, the dome is closed, and guests can still relax in a comfortable environment.

Ocean Dome is the largest indoor water park in the world. That allows it to be in the Guinness Record Book. A huge dome hides the real tropics. It even has a luxurious beach with natural sand. You can see the slender palm trees and very real monkeys crawling trees everywhere. There are numerous attractions for fans … Read all

Confucius Shrine

From the series “The Surviving Artifacts of the Confucian Civilization”
Several monuments of the Confucian culture have survived in Japan. One of them can be seen in the city of Nagasaki. That's the Confucius Shrine. The building, which visitors can admire today, was built in 1893. The mausoleum is located in the place where the world's only Confucian Temple located beyond the borders of China was built. The ancient temple, as well as other Confucian sites, was founded as a place of worship and conducting training lectures.

In 1945, the building was seriously damaged after an explosion of the atomic bomb. It was reconstructed only by 1967. Full reconstruction of the temple took place in 1982. Today, it is an incredibly beautiful building created in full compliance with the Confucian culture. White stone steps lead to the entrance. Many beautiful sculptures … Read all
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Travel Industry is Expected to Grow in China in 2021

Not only hotels in Beijing or Shanghai will benefit from this but also many destinations around the world as the Chinese like to travel. In 2021, there has been a spike in international departures of more than 200% in China. The total number of departures reached 30 million. Of course, this is far away from the pre-covid levels – the country is expected to reach them by 2023. The forecast looks very promising: 88 million international departures (+108%) in 2022 and another +44% in 2023. The forecast is positive despite the restrictions during the Chinese New Year period caused by the outbreak of the disease in the Hebei and Heilongjiang provinces. Read this

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Attractions and entertainment in top cities of Japan

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Kyoto
Fans of shopping will enjoy Kyoto; the best places for their hobby will be Shin-Kyogoku, Kawaramachi and Teramati streets. There are shops and shopping pavilions for all tastes; shopping centers where you can buy items made of porcelain and ceramics are particularly popular. Nishiki Market, where you can buy exotic delicacies and traditional sweets, is good for foodstuff. Many travelers prefer to go to the JR Kyoto Station for souvenirs, as there are dozens of souvenir shops in its building. … Read more
Osaka
Plenty of aged trees, well equipped picnic area, winding lanes for hiking and cycling will engage park visitors for the whole day. During the warm season a promenade through the park turns into an engaging tour. The park sinks in wild blossom of fragrant flowers. A popular rest area among city guests is still the Spa World center. Apart from a scale choice of spa-treatments and different kinds of massages the center offers its clients to visit a nice swimming pool with a vast rest zone and … Read more
Sapporo
Among its inhabitants tourists will meet bears, dears and leopards. The animals live in spacious clean cages and enclosures. The zoological park boarders on a marvelous wood. The park also offers its guests to enjoy an observation wheel and various attractions for kids of all ages. The North Safari zoological park is of great popularity among city guests as well. The Sunpiazza aquarium offers its visitors to explore the diversity of underwater world organizing interesting and exciting tours for … Read more
Fukuoka
Guests will appreciate the variety of entertainment venues and theaters in this lively city. The comfortable Movie Hall Cine-la is in special demand. Fans of noisy parties prefer the stylish nightclub You. There are many tourists among its visitors, so guests of the city would feel themselves comfortable. Shoppers are provided a huge choice of places to stay. Walking around the JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata alone would take more than one day. The shopping and entertainment complex Canal … Read more
Hiroshima
The amazing Asa Zoo, which became home to dozens of animals from all over the world, operates in Hiroshima. It is inhabited by elephants and giraffes, panthers and tigers; every day, interesting and informative tours are conducted for visitors. Those who prefer to relax in original places are recommended to visit the Insect Park. It is truly unique; it represents the largest collection of insects in western Japan. Hiroshima will be a real boon for shoppers; its main shopping street houses a … Read more
Nagoya
Nagoya will certainly impress fans of outdoor activities, as the choice of magnificent parks here is really great. The Tokugawa Garden with convenient pathways is incredibly beautiful. Besides age-old trees and enchanting waterfalls, here you can find several lovely restaurants of the national cuisine where you can have a pleasant time and recover after an eventful day. The Tsuruma Park is distinguished by quite a lively atmosphere. Different cultural events are often held in the park and a … Read more
Kobe
A very interesting attraction is Rokko Cable Car, a trip on which will allow you to admire the local natural beauty to its fullest. The starting station is located at the foot of Mount Rokko. In a few minutes, the cable car lifts passengers to the mountain top. The length of the cableway built in the early 20th century is 1.7 km. At the top of the mountain is a beautiful park with many walking paths and fantastic viewing platforms. The city has several wonderful zoos, and Kobe Animal … Read more

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