"Hanami -- The traditional Japanese custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers. Young people make merry under the sakura (cherry blossoms) late into the evening." << What a beautiful word - am impressed that words exist to describe the joy in an event. I hope you all have Hanami and make some merry today :)
Hamamatsu Castle Park (Shizuoka Prefecture) » Zooming Japan
Hamamatsu Castle was the headquarter of the famous Tokugawa Ieyasu for 17 years and is also a popular cherry blossom viewing spot in spring.
Originally Hikuma Castle under the rulership of the Imagawa, Hamamatsu-jo was transferred to the Tokugawa after the Battle of Okehazama. At that time, Imagawa power was weakened and their territories were split between the Takeda and Tokugawa in 1568. Ieyasu later moved to Sunpu in 1568 & proprietorship of the castle changed frequently thereafter. Hamamatsu Castle is one of several castle built at that time which did not have a traditional tenshu--only a large yagura in its place. The modern…
Hamamatsu Matsuri – Kite Festival
Hamamtsu Matsuri is truly one of the grand festivals of Japan, attracting between a million and a million and half participants and visitors for a three day period in the beginning of May every yea…