The Highlights of Japan’s Four Seasons

Japanese are creatures who deeply appreciate what nature has to offer and as such, they have a must-do for each and every season.

Spring = Hanami


Location: Himeji Castle

Spring is a season of farewell as well as new encounters for the Japanese as they graduate from their previous school and start afresh in April at their new schools or companies. Hanami means cherry blossoms viewing. Families and friends can be spotted in large groups picnicking under cherry blossom trees in parks during the very short period the cherry blossom blooms.

Summer = Hanabi Taikai


Location: Toyohashi Gion Festival

Hanabi taikai roughly translates to fireworks displays and in Japan, it is held mostly during July and August across the country. The photo accurately represents a Japanese summer: yukata + fireworks + festival. Aside from Kyoto, it’s not common to wear kimono or yukata in the streets, so hanabi taikai is the rare chance you can clad in yukata and roam in public.

Autumn = Momiji-gari

Momiji trees

Location: Kourankei – one of Japan’s top spot for momiji hunting

Momiji-gari literally means maple leaves hunting and as the name implies, the Japanese are willing to drive great lengths to catch a glimpse of the maple leaves during their peak season. Similar to hanami, the Japanese usually picnic during this occasion.

Winter = Illumination

Blue illumination

Location: Nabana no sato in Nagoya – also a top spot for illumination

Winter in Japan is as dreamy as it can be. Illumination spots can be extremely crowded during Christmas and Christmas Eve as these two days are dedicated for couples in Japan.

Did you know?
Blue LEDs like the ones used in the illumination above are invented by Japanese! Among the three primary colors, blue LED was the most difficult to develop.


About Teng

Teng from Malaysia, is a graduate student studying in Aichi-ken.

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