Huki, butterbur, is a wild vegetable that has been loved by Japanese since ancient times, and Huki-no-tou is that bud. Spring wild vegetables have a unique bitter taste. The bitterness is very good for the body and makes our body regenerate. There even is a saying that “bitterness is indispensable for spring cooking”.
Noyaki or Yamayaki has been traditionally conducted by Japanese people for the purpose of continued use of hills and fields as grassland. It is held all over the country, including Mt. Wakakusa in Nara, Sengokuhara in Hakone, Akiyoshidai in Yamaguchi, Omuroyama in Izu and etc. It is also an event that hopes for the rebirth of life.
Weeping plum, Weeping cherry, Weeping willow, etc, there are many plants named “weeping-“. They are characterized by its long drooping branches as its name suggests. If there is no wind, they will hang down and if the wind blows, they will streaming in that direction. In the Orient, there is the idea of “無為自然”. It means that one realizes a state of attaining spiritual enlightenment, forgetting the fact that one is but a mortal. Weeping plants make the Orientals associated with its idea.
Spring and winter, come and go: first snow in Kyushu, spring first in Tokai.
Such a headline is in the newspaper. Heavy snow information has been flowing recently, and especially in the Kyushu region, it says that everywhere is record breaking first snow. On the other hand, a cherry blossom festival is held in Kawazu-cho, Shizuoka Pre., and it is full of people who appreciate the cherry blossoms in full bloom.
Kibinago are very beautiful fishes that can only live in a clean water. In addition, they die as soon as they get out of the water for just one second. Therefore, there is no example of long-term breeding in an aquarium. Scales, etc., is peeled off just by touching human hands. It is best to eat them at the locality because their freshness quickly drops.
Not only plums, but also cherry blossoms, rape blossoms, and temperatures exceeding 20 degreesCelsius. Abnormality continues this winter. The plum blossoms are in full bloom without snow. In such a situation, it has been snowing after a long time, so the plums seem also very joyful.
Valentine’s Day in Japan is different from the West. In Japan, only women give gifts on Valentine’s Day, rather than couples exchanging cards and gifts. Usually, the gift is chocolate, and when it is given to a loved one by a woman, it is called “Honmei-choco”. This unique Valentine’s Day in Japan began in the 1960s with a confectionery company implementing a promotion that encouraged women to send chocolate to their favorite men.
In Japan, Hina dolls will be decorated from now on in preparation for the traditional “Hinamatsuri”, doll festival, on March 3rd. Hina dolls also range in price from several million yen for one set to items you can buy in a hundred yen shop. Hina dolls made by masters are, of course, wonderful, but a little sweet can be transmitted to your heart by the dolls at the Hundred Yen Shop.
“Hinamatsuri”, Doll’s Festival, is celebrated each year on March 3, and a day to pray for young girls’ growth and happiness. Most families with girls display dolls for the Hinamatsuri called Hina-ningyo. Many families find it difficult to decide when to start decorating the dolls.
“Bimajo” is a Japanese coined word created by a magazine company, and it means a woman with ageless beauty. That is, it refers to a woman who has a beauty that has emerged from the inside that has been polished through accumulated experience. “Uba-zakura” also refers to an old cherry tree with the same meaning.