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Japan Diaries: Children’s Day (Golden Week)

Today we celebrate and honour the birth of children. And the last official day of Golden Week. Fun Facts: Kodomo no hi, or “Children’s Day,” is celebrated every year on May 5. On this national holiday, children are respected and honoured for their individual strengths and happiness is wished upon them. Children’s Day was originally known as Tango no Sekku  (literally nearing the seventh sign of the Chinese zodiac, but usually translated as Boys Day)and was a celebration for boys. The holiday was officially changed to celebrate the health and growth of both girls and boys in 1948.  Kodomo no hi is particularly well known for the unique traditions and decorations that are associated with the celebration of the holiday. Source, Japan Society Things to do: Fly koinobori banners in the shape of a carp, families usually do this for each of their children. Eat lots of desserts such as Mochi wrapped in oak leaves Spend the day making things, some fun craft ideas, here. In Japanese folklore, the carp is a symbol of determination and vigour, overcoming all obstacles to …

Japan Diaries: Tokyo Skytree

Hey there! Today I wanted to share a few photos from our trip to Tokyo Skytree, before that Fun Facts: The height of the TOKYO SKYTREE was originally specified at approximately 610m in the original project. However, it was planned from the beginning to be the world’s tallest free-standing broadcasting tower. After careful discussion and research on high-rise buildings that are being built around the world, it was finally decided on 634m, to become the tallest free-standing broadcasting tower in the world. Skytree Website TOKYO SKYTREE was recognized by the Guinness World Records Company on November 17, 2011 as the tallest tower in the world. What it’s like inside?  TEMBO DECK (350 m)” is covered in huge 5 meter-high glass for a 360-degree all-round view, allowing visitors to see from the foot of the SKYTREE up to 70 kilometres away in the distance. The “TOKYO SKYTREE TEMBO GALLERIA (450 m)” will take you from the “floor 445” to SKYTREE’s highest “floor 450” via a glass tube. Skytree Website Overall experience, if you’re going there at …

Japan Diaries: Taiko Drumming

Hey there and welcome to muscle, sorry drumming central! About a week ago we went to Narita-san Shinshō-ji temple to watch the show. Admittedly I didn’t really know what Taiko was beforehand, if you’re in the same boat, here is a little history about it’s origins. Overall really glad I went because we ended up having the BEST time. I thought it would be a quiet affair and just people showcasing their drum skills but it was much MORE than that. I felt quite lucky to have witnessed such talent, coordination and culture. And it was really nice to be a part of something in our local community too. Below some photos from our day. *Thanks to Mr Cheerful for taking some of the cool photos featured. I am not sure what the masks symbolize but this comedy duo were a big hit with the audience! We were so impressed that myself and a friend spoke about possibly taking up Taiko (even though I have zero hand coordination) one can dream though right! If you …

Japan Diaries: St Patricks Day (Tokyo)

That time I went to a St Patricks Day parade in Tokyo! A few snaps from the day. Found it quite endearing there was some Japanese influences in the mix too! Overall I am really glad I went. Had an awesome time catching up with a friend and being part of this occasion, HOWEVER it was probably one of the shortest parades I’ve been to. I think it lasted about 30 / 40 mins before it went a little quiet and the dancing stopped. Which was a little disappointing as on the website it said it would be around 3 hours of fun. One of the highlights aside from the dancing and costumes, was finding this GUINNESS stand. What parades have you been to (and where)? Share in the comments! Have a lovely day ahead.