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MAY, THE START OF A NEW IMPERIAL ERA IN JAPAN FRESH BREEZE WELCOMED OUR GUESTS

MAY, THE START OF A NEW IMPERIAL ERA IN JAPAN   FRESH BREEZE WELCOMED OUR GUESTS

Tours coming soon are:

May 11 (Sat)

13:00 start Imperial Palace East Garden route

May 12 (Sun)

10:00 & 13:00 start Asakusa   13:30 start Ueno Park

Thank you for your joining to our Meiji Jingu Shrine & Harajuku route tour on Sunday May 5.  Lovely guests we welcomed counted 14 from all over the world, which were Argentina, Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, U.K. & U.S.A.

During this tour, if you are lucky possibilities are that you encounter Japanese traditional wedding ceremony procession at the Main Hall of the shrine. It is a not only impressive but a precious experience feeling you receive a small happiness from them.  Yes, we had the luck again on May 5.

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We also encountered a cute boy and his mom with “Koi-nobori (Carp streamer)”, symbol of May 5 “Children’s Day”.

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Children’s Day, is a holiday dedicated to the health and happiness of children in Japan.

It is also called “Tango no Sekku”, it used to be a day for boy’s festival.

People put up carp-shaped streamers outside and display special dolls & decorations such as an armor, a war helmet, a doll wearing them and so on in the house, and eat

rice cake wrapped in an oak leaf called Kashiwamochi wishing descendants prosperity.

Iris leaves and roots are put into the bath expecting ward off evil spirits.

(posted by Akemi T.)