It’s been very hot these days. It’s time for yukata, summer kimono!
If you are interested in samurais or Japanese history, you should know Shinsengumi, the last samurai corp! What is Shinsengumi? Shinsengumi (新選組, meaning “New Selected Group”) was a special police force during Japan’s Bakumatsu period (late 19th century). It was founded to maintain peace and order of Kyoto and to fight against the anti-Shogunate reformists. The founding… Continue reading Shinsengumi, Japan’s Last Samurais
The 20th Hino Shinsengumi Festival was fantastic! I went with a friend from the US and both of us really enjoyed it. ➡ What are Shinsengumi and Hino? Briefly, it was a festival featuring the “last samurais” called “Shinsengumi”, who lived late Edo period (late 19th century). There was a big parade and many performances such as… Continue reading Hino Shinsengumi Festival 2017 (report)
If you are interested either in samurais, Edo period or Japanese traditional culture, you can’t miss this event! Hino Shinsengumi Festival Held on: 13th and 14th of May, 2017 Place: Around Hino station (JR Chuo Line) and Takahata-fudo station (Keio Line) Time: 10 am – 5 pm (JST) There’ll be so many programs around these… Continue reading Shinsengumi (Samurai) Festival in Tokyo
I’ll be holding the following charity events for the Kumamoto earthquake victims. Your participation and/or share on SNSs would be greatly appreciated! International Charity Walk & Talk! Let’s enjoy a language and cultural exchange while walking, and send our prayers to Kumamoto! The aim is not hardcore exercise, so the pace will be leisurely. 😉 We’ll be… Continue reading Let’s Walk & Talk in Tokyo / Kamakura! (Charity for Kumamoto)
Do you want to learn Japanese history in a short time while having fun? Here’s my most recent favourite video!! Hope you like it, too! 😉
Today is Cats’ Day in Japan! (=^・^=) The number “2” is pronounced “ni” in Japanese and it sounds similar to “nya”, the onomatopoeia (imitative word) in Japanese for the crying sound that cats make. The date February 22nd has the most occurrences of the number “2” out the year, so it is said that it’s… Continue reading Cats’ Day