Festivals, Japan, Otawara & Nasu (local area), Tochigi Prefecture

Yatai Festival

The Yatai festival occurs in April and is a traditional festival involving wooden floats.  Yatai are small, mobile food stalls in Japan typically selling ramen or other food. The name literally means “shop stand.” However at the Yatai festival the traditional wooden floats are beautifully decorated, with lanterns hanging from the sides and are full of people playing flutes and drums.  There were…

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Japan, Otawara & Nasu (local area), Tochigi Prefecture

Spring in Tochigi

Spring in Japan means Sakura ( Cherry blossoms) , millions and millions of them.  Everyone is focused on seeing the best trees, appreciating the beauty and planning parties around flower viewing.   Hanami (is the name for flower viewing parties and is a Japanese traditional custom.  From the end of March to early May, they bloom all over Japan. The weather bureau forecasts…

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