LIFESTYLE

Tohoku’s Sakurabito

Sakurabito: 桜人/ An old word used since the 11th century, meaning a person enjoying cherry blossoms. This word is often used for haiku as a seasonal word expresses spring. I could not wait for spring after the cold snowy winter in Sendai. I enjoyed my first winter in Japan by going to Yamadera, Rifu, Yonezawa and […]

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Miyagi Secrets: Where to ‘Hanami’

Hanami (花見), literally meaning flower (花 ‘hana’) viewing (見 ‘mi’ from 見る ‘miru’ – to look), is a part of Japanese culture with a long history. Practiced since the 7th century, people first enjoyed ‘hanami’ by viewing the blossoms of Japanese plum (梅 ‘ume’). It was in the Heian Period in the early 8th century when Hanami become analogous to cherry […]