Category Archives: japanese custom

2014/04/27 Carp Streamer “Koinobori”

140427beach01We will have the children's day on May 5th, so I stood up the carp streamer for my son yesterday.

We had a little wind, but it was sunny and very warm here in Shimoda today.

I went to the nearest beach "Shirahama" with my son to take pictures.

As they had good waves there were a lot of surfers on the beach.

140427beach03You can see the other pictures on Pension Sakuraya's Facebook here.

2012/10/29 Shirahama shirine festival

121029shrine05Today it was a second day of
Shirahama shrine festival.

A lot of people come to this shrine and they
watched the traditional dance performance.

And after that they had a ceremony to tell the
opening of festival to the gods on the seven islands on the pacific
ocean.

Actually it is held on the first day, but they changed the date
because of rain yesterday.

Click the links below to see the pictures on our Facebook albums.

Shirahama shrine festival

Hitachisai Fire Ceremony

2012/10/28 Eve of Shirahama Shrine Festival

121028ceremony02Shirahama shrine which has a long
history of more than 2,400 years has the festival on October 28th, 29th
and 30th.

Today it was an eve of this festival and the young boys and
girls who are second year students in junior high attended the ceremony
which was held in the main shrine.

My second daughter also joined them.

Click here to see the other pictures which I took in this shrine this evening.

 

2012/05/26 Last weekend for Koinobori

120526carpstreamer01We have displayed Koinobori (carp streamer) when it was sunny and we had customers because My 5th was a boy's day in Japan.

Today, it is windy and a good condition for them.

But this weekend it would be the last chance for them to swim in the sky, I think.

Next week they will go to bed until next April!

I took some pictures on Shirahama beach and Sotoura beach today.

Pension Sakuraya in Shimoda, Japan

2011/10/23 Unpolished Rice

111023unpolishedrice01Recently most of Japanese people eat white polished rice.

10 days ago my father in low sent us the unpolished rice cooking set.

This set has a bag of unpolished rice and a pressure cooker, so we tried cooking unpolished rice with adzuki beans.

It was not only really nice and delicious, but also chewy texture and tastes sweeter than white rice.

Of course it has a nutrition.

 

2011/05/08 Koinobori – – Carp shaped flags were swimming in the blue sky!

110508koinobori01Today it was very beutiful day here in Shimoda.

And it was getting hotter around noon but we had a strong wind.

Koinobori flags were swimming in the blue sky and they made us very happy.

The weather forcast says it will be sunny tomorrow as well, and will be rainy after that.

My son's Koinobori flags will go to bed until next April.

*Do you know Koinobori? Check it out here!

 

2011/02/14 St. Valentine’s day

110214valentine01 Today my wife gave me and my son this chocolate cake.

Yes, it was St. Valentine's day today.

In Japan a lot of women have been giving a chocolate to men who they love for a long time.

But recently they, women give a chocolate to not only men in love but also men not in love.

It means the women give a present to the people around, for example, colleagues or friends though they don't love them.

In addition, especially in these days men give a present to women.

In Japan St. Valentine's day was made by confectionary companies long time ago and was developped as a different one from the other coutries.