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Cultural Tips – Shichi-go-san Festival

In November families with young children celebrate a tradition known as “Shichi-go-san” (literally “seven-five-three”). Families with five-year-old boys and three- and seven-year old girls visit shrines or temples to pray for their children’s healthy growth and happiness.

This custom is a way to mark important milestones in children’s growth because infant mortality was high in the old days. People really appreciate their growth and wish for the future.

On that day, most girls wear kimono and boys wear haori jacket and hakama pants and it is also common for families to have commemorative pictures taken at a photo studio.

You can be dressed up with traditional Japanese attire and have your pictures taken at the following two photo studios:

Both photo studios are located very close to Shioiri Station on the Keikyu Line and have a variety of dresses and kimono to meet your taste.


1.Photo Studio & Rental Boutique FUTABA


2.Photo Studio Yokosuka-Shashinkan



Cultural Tips – Kurihama Hanano-kuni Park Cosmos Festival

At Kurihama Hanano-kuni Park, a million of beautiful cosmos flowers are in full bloom. During September to November, it is the best season to enjoy cosmoses in Japan. Many people feel autumn by blooming those pretty flowers.
From Keikyu-kurihama station, it takes about 15 min. by walk to Kurihama Hanano-kuni Park. How about going out with your family in this mild season?
Cosmos festival will last until Oct 29th. Admission fee is free. Parking area is available.
On Oct 28th and Oct 29th, cosmos free picking event will be held.


Soba and Tea-ceremony dishes UCHIKURA

There is an elegant Japanese restaurant surrounded by bamboos in Yokosuka Research Park. That’s UCHIKURA, a restaurant of soba and tea-ceremony dishes.
UCHIKURA has a large space and relaxing mood. You can enjoy Japanese dishes peacefully. Hayama beef menu is also popular. Your whole family will be satisfied surely. After enjoying Hanano-kuni Park, have a good dishes at UCHIKURA.



Cultural Tips – Rice harvesting

Rice is the staple food of the Japanese diet. In September, rice ripens and is harvested across Japan. Then the freshly-harvested rice is available on the market. When cooked, new rice is soft, glistens, and has a faintly sweet taste. People look forward to tasting it each autumn.

Rice is used in many dishes. Sushi, onigiri (rice balls wrapped in dried seaweed), tendon (a bowl of rice topped with tempura), curry with rice, to name a few. It is also used as ingredients for miso (fermented soy bean paste), rice vinegar, and for brewing sake.

For Japanese, rice is the most significant food and rice harvesting is one of the most important events for farmers.


Sushi Bar ENJI

You can eat sushi, the most popular Japanese dish for foreigners, at the Sushi Bar ENJI. ENJI serves authentic sushi and unique sushi rolls that appeal to foreigners’ taste. The chef worked as a sushi chef in the US for more than a decade. He understands your needs well.

For more details, click here.



Cultural tip - Summer Vacation

August is the vacation season. Japanese summer is extremely hot and humid. Most of schools are summer vacation now. Many students are assigned some homework. Among them, Summer Research Assignment (Called “Jiyu Kenkyu” in Japanese) is a Japanese unique homework. Every student set own theme, and research it.
Although, summer vacation is not for assignment. Let’s get refresh not only students but also adults!


KAN’NONZAKI KEIKYU HOTEL

When you get tired of hot and humid weather, how about spending your time at KAN’NONZAKI KEIKYU HOTEL? You can relax by fresh sea wind.
There is a pool, hot spa and gorgeous campsite. Each room is cozy, and you can see a beautiful ocean from there. KEIKYU HOTEL may be the best place to enjoy your vacation.

For more details, click here.



Cultural Tip – Tanabata or the Star Festival

Tanabata or the Star Festival is celebrated on July 7th. According to a Chinese legend, the Cowherd Star (Hikoboshi) Altair and Weaver Star (Orihime) Vega, which are usually separated by the Milky Way, are allowed to meet on that day just once a year.

One popular Tanabata custom is to write people’s wishes on small, colorful strips of paper,and hang them on bamboo branches in the hope that their wishes come true.

Some places where you may see such branches are elementary schools, shopping arcades, and various significant public places.

Writing materials can be found at the following shop.


1. Stationery Shop SHINAGAWA BUNKADO CORPORATION

When you write your wishes, we recommend you write with a fude pen, which is a type of brush pen generally used for Japanese calligraphy. One of the wonderful features of this pen is that you can write many different kinds of lines just by applying different level of pressure on the pen.

SHINAGAWA BUNKADO is located on Blue Street and has a wide variety of writing instruments.

For more details, click here.



Cultural Tip – Children’s Day

May 5th is a national holiday to celebrate growth and health of children. Around that day, you can see carp-shaped streamers hoisted, which symbolize strength and courage. Chinese legend has it that carp become dragons when they swim up whitewater rapids.

Another way to get strength is to enjoy fresh fish at the following 2 restaurants near the sea!


1. Seafood Restaurant HAMAKURA

HAMAKURA is located right next door to Yokosuka Fish Market, offering exceptionally fresh fish. You can even enjoy breakfast at the restaurant as it opens from 8 a.m. on weekdays.

For more details, click here.


2. Japanese Restaurant NABURA

Please try out freshly caught fish and scalded whitebait, which will satisfy everyone’s taste buds. NABURA is located in the Yokosuka Port Market.

For more details, click here.



Spring has come! Let's go out and enjoy westside of Yokosuka!

It's getting warmer these days. Now is a great season to go out.
There are lots of place that satisfy your holidays.

This month, we recommend 2 places.

1. Nagai Seaside Park - Soleil Hill

Our park is located on a beautiful hill that captures a fine view of Mt. Fuji during clear weather.
In our large and family-friendly park, you can experience food which includes our freshly-grown vegetables from our gardens.
You can also have a wonderful time petting animals and baking fresh bread.

Soleil Hill page here


2. Tsukuihama Tourist Farm

Yokosuka is a region with warm climate and is prosperous in agriculture.
Visitors can enjoy picking/harvesting seasonal fruits and vegetables throughout the year at Tsukuihama Tourist Farm.
April is the best season of Strawberry.

Tsukuihama Tourist Farm page here

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