Women Wellness Spring Blog
Women Wellness Spring Blog
Nijō Castle, Kyoto Extravagance
Nijō Castle was the residence of the ancient Tokugawa Shoguns regime in Japan. The castle complex comprises Ninomaru Palace, ruins of the Honmaru Palace, and various supporting buildings and gardens. I loved the interior decoration of golden leaves, wooden crafts, and wall paintings. The palace corridors have a unique feature called the "Nightingale Floor" (uguisubari), which produces a bird-like sound if someone walks on it. This sound was a security measure to alert the guards in case of an assassination or theft attempt.
Rock Garden, the Puzzling Design
The Ryoanji Temple rock garden is a puzzling masterpiece, consisting of 15 rocks of varying sizes arranged within a rectangular space spanning 340 square meters. One of the unique features of this garden is that no matter what angle you look from, you can never count the total of 15 rocks. At least one of the rocks will always be hidden from view, adding to the garden's mystique.
Shirakawa, Beautiful Village
Shirakawa village is one of the most beautiful villages in the world. The triangular shape of Gassho-style houses with thatched roofs occupied the mountainous region was spectacular. These steep thatched roofs look like the hands folding for prayer. The slope of the house’s roof is inclined at 60° so that falling snow will slide off the roof.
Japan Onsen, Not Just A Normal Bath
Enjoy the calming and romantic atmosphere of a Japanese spa year-round at Japan Osen, perfect for relieving stress.
Summer - you’re relaxing when wearing the bathrobe to walk around freely.
Autumn - you feel like drowning in a sea of reddish maples in a Fall.
Winter - I love soaking in the hot wooden outdoor spa and watching the steamy spring water blend with the snowflakes.
Japan has a variety of onsens, which can be indoor or outdoor, private or public. The color of the spring water depends on its mineral content. For instance, if the water has a deep yellow color, it indicates that it is rich in iron, while water rich in sulfur minerals will look milky. However, most people prefer clear spring water. Yufuin Onsen is one of the most popular onsens in Japan. It is located in Ōita District and is famous for Mount Yufu, which stands at 1583 meters high and is the landmark of Yufuin. The Yufu mountain landscape is known for its morning fog during fall and winter, which creates a unique natural atmosphere. Near Kinrinko Lake, a small local outdoor onsen is gender-mixed. Are you worrying about the hygienic issue? Come on! It is a hot spring! Can’t it clean by itself? But remember you should clean yourself in a separate washing area before getting into the spa water.
Cherry blossom viewing is a fantastic experience.
The blossom period of cherry lasts for 7 to 10 days and takes place across different regions. The blooming starts in Okinawa in January, moves to Kyoto and Tokyo by the end of March or early April, and then reaches the northern area of Hokkaido. Various types of cherry trees produce colors of blossoms in light pink, dark pink, yellow, green, and white. Some blossoms appear as white flowers and then change to pink over a few days. When cherry blossoms spread over a forest of trees, the beautiful sight of petals falling like snowflakes creates a romantic atmosphere. People enjoy having picnics with their friends and family while viewing the cherry blossoms, making it a time for gathering, cheering, and chatting.
Coming of the Age Day
Gion is a spectacular geisha district in Japan, featuring a unique classic style of design for Japanese townhouses and tea houses. Geisha are traditional Japanese female entertainers dressed in classical kimono and occasionally walk around the street to brighten your day by surprise. Did you know that the second Monday of January is the Coming-of-Age Day? It is a national holiday in Japan, where young girls who have turned 20 are honored for transitioning from childhood to adulthood. On this day, the girls wear traditional kimonos and visit shrines to express gratitude to the gods and their ancestors for their blessings.
Foodie, Kaiseki and Mochi
You can find the best kaiseki in Kyoto. Kaiseki is a traditional multi-course dinner with a combination of delicious taste, elegant tableware, and artistic food culture. The restaurant is excellent at choosing the freshest seasonal ingredients and utilizing various cooking techniques, such as frying, deep-frying, barbecuing, and boiling. Each dish is carefully prepared with high-quality ingredients and served in small portions. The chef is like an artist who creates an aesthetically pleasing food presentation.
Are you a fan of soft-textured desserts? Japanese mochi, a rice cake, is an excellent option. How about the taste? I’m not sure, but the performance to make the soft texture is impressive.
Children Day, Flying Carp Streamers
On Children's Day (5th May), a 5-year-old Japanese boy saw the neighbor raising a large paper carp streamer and no wonder he begged his mom to make one for him. It is common for Japanese families to have the traditional practice of hanging up carp streamers to bless the children. The flying carp streamer is a signage to express the parent's hope that their children will be healthy and strong like the swimming carp. If you get to Gifu (Chūbu region of central Japan) in spring, you will probably catch up on the traditional Washing Carp Streamers Festival.
Ghibli Museum, children have fun
A Cat bus will take you to the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo. Totora is welcoming you at the entrance. What do you expect from there?
- Ghibli characters, plants, flowers, and animals are handcrafted on the windows and lamps.
- watch a short animated film directed by Miyazaki Hayao.
- A five-meter-tall Robot Soldier (from "Laputa Castle in the Sky") is standing in the grassy rooftop garden for his guardian job.
Watching children playing around and they are having so much fun. According to research statistic, while a child laughs 300 times a day, an adult laughs only five times per day. What a big gap! The adult is too serious, leave yourself some time for pure silliness and happiness, like a child.
When you are visiting Japan to take a photo in the busy urban street, don’t neglect the scenes from the ground, the trench covers. The Japanese government encouraged cities to design creative and amusing themes for their trench covers.
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