During the cherry blossom season in spring, the street of Gion Shirakawa is lit up for flower viewing after the sunset. Pale pink petals rising in twilight blue, willows' green leaves trembling in the wind, and yellow lights streaming out from riverside restaurants make a unique atmosphere and provide a glamorous beauty amongst the cherry trees. It’s really magical. Information about the illumination each year will be shown on their Japanese website in March.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。