So you might have heard of cherry blossom season in the spring, but did you know that that’s only a mere fraction of all the things you can enjoy in Japan? Find out the rest with Eli and John!

It would be a lie if you said you’d be coming to Japan just to study, and enclose yourself within the walls of your house. That’s right. People come to Japan to enjoy their stay too. The thing is, there’s no best time and place to enjoy Japan, but enjoy Japan itself. All year round.

Of course, all the fun that comes with Japan won’t come running to you. You’ll need the right sources to find out the best way to make your stay in Japan as valuable and as memorable as you imagined it to be. In this Online Information Session, Eli and John talks about what to enjoy each season (and what to be careful of too) so be all ears so you can start planning that exhilarating year that’s waiting for you!

Spring: The Season where Everything Starts

John: “Let’s talk about the season where everything starts… SPRING!”

Eli: “Everyone knows spring is the time for cherry blossoms, it’s the time for walking at parks, looking at the lush green vegetation.”

John: “For most people, January might be the start of the year. But in Japan, basically opening ceremonies, going to school, entering companies and even graduation, it’s all held around late March or early April. Right around where the cherry blossoms are at their peak.”

John: “What can we do during spring?”

Eli: “We have cherry blossoms which means you can do 花見 “Hanami” which means looking at flowers.”

John: “Usually people would go to parks, put down a sheet of cloth on the grass and eat out with family and friends.”

Eli: “In convenience stores, they have a lot of pink stuff, pink food, pink everything, like a seasonal drink for spring.”

Coca Cola’s limited edition cherry blossom designed cans
Photo by: Coca Cola

John: “Japanese people have a thing for seasonal goods. You’ll always see this Kanji called 期間限定 ”Kikan Gentei” or 季節限定 “Kisetsu Gentei” It means limited or seasonal goods.”

Eli: “Also, spring also offers another thing…. pollen allergies”

John: “While everyone is enjoying the fresh air and the nice cool breeze, there I am in the corner constantly sneezing and bawling my eyes out.”

Eli: “John is a perfect example of a person having pollen allergies in the spring”

John: “I didn’t really know I had a case of hay fever until I came to Japan. Back in my home country which is the Philippines, it’s usually just the dry or rainy season; so when I came here, I didn’t know what was happening to me. There was just this one time where I couldn’t do anything. My head was hurting cause I just kept sneezing non-stop.”

Eli: “For people who want to go to Japan to experience like cherry blossoms, we have hay fever.”

John: “So before you go jumping around outdoors, you might want to have your allergy medicine with you or at least bring a mask!”

Summer: Bright it up with Fireworks!

John: “When you say summer, we’re talking about fireworks, festivals, wearing Japanese clothing like Yukata or Kimono. We also have water parks, even in Tokyo.”

John: “For people out there who want to escape the summer heat, you can go up of Japan like Hokkaido. Just being in Tokyo makes it especially hot because you have these tall buildings around and it just traps in the heat.”

Eli: “A lot of people travel around Japan cause it’s cooler. People go to Hanabi, those are the fireworks festivals we just told you about. The festivals here, it’s a big thing!”

John: “They’re usually held around late July to mid-August, it’s actually a bit pitiful because lately we’ve been having storms in Tokyo. Because of the rain, a lot of contests or fireworks displays have been cancelled.”

One of the most popular fireworks display in Japan: Lake Suwa Fireworks
Photo by: Unique Nagano

John: “Even for Japanese people, there’s always this stereotype once you talk about a specific season. Once the summer starts, you’ll be seeing a lot of stores selling ice cream or shaved ice. They also make more seasonal drinks.”

Eli: “Mango, Watermelon, and Pineapple, tropical fruits. “

John: “Summer is also where summer break starts. For high school students below, usually, they only have the whole August for their summer break. If we’re talking about university students, summer break is usually longer, it starts from late July and ends around late September. If you want to travel in Japan, like besides from going back home to your country, it’s the perfect opportunity to do so, although it’s a bit hot.”

Curious about the Autumn and Winter? Find out more now and watch the whole video!

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