Tag Archive: traditions

Mitama Matsuri: Festival of Lanterns

Every July, Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine celebrates the souls of the departed at the Mitama Matsuri. As you may already know, Yasukuni Shrine is rather infamous–the souls of Japan’s war dead are enshrined there, including 14 Class-A… Continue reading

Day of Reckoning: The University of Tokyo Announces Its Entrance Exam Results

On my way to renew my library books today, I unwittingly stumbled onto a mass of activity the likes of which I’d never seen on the University of Tokyo campus. I’m generally struck… Continue reading

Dreaming of Spring: Children’s Day and Koinobori

I’m getting a little tired of the winter weather here in Tokyo, so since this month’s Japan Blog Matsuri (graciously hosted by loneleeplanet) is themed “famous Japanese events”, I thought I would choose… Continue reading

Beware the Killer Mochi

Photo: Mochi, © Wendy Wallace, Let the dog in! In my New Year’s post, I mentioned the Japanese tales about rabbits making mochi (and the rabbit in the moon). Interestingly, there have been… Continue reading