My joyful table with Hasami-ware

My joyful table with Hasami-ware This year's "Rikka" was on May 5th. Hasami wheat field According to the Japanese calendar, 「立夏」“Rikka” which means the beginning day of summer. Hasami is welcoming "Bakushu" (a season word for 'harvesting wheat',in the early summer.) Most households prefer to stay in doors during the current pandemic environment. In my…

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a Cherry Blossoms welcome from Hasami
Cherry Tree Row

a Cherry Blossoms welcome from Hasami

Hasami cherry blossoms are now in full bloom! Step into Hasami nowadays, and you will soon find a beautiful row of cherry trees in full bloom that stretches for up to 5km! Sa Ku Ra Cherry Blossom Birds are singing in the trees, fields of green wheat spread across the land, even other flowers join…

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Annual Otosai @ Nakaoyama

A special invitation of annual Otosai festival has arrived from Nakaoyama! During the season of blooming cherry blossoms, Hasami Kilns runs a tradition of holding a pottery sale. Mt.Nakaoyama is known for its clustered Hasami pottery kilns. Otosai (桜陶祭)which is written in Chinese Character: 桜(Sakura)=Cherry blossoms;  陶=Pottery;  祭=Festival Why don't you come on down to…

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Spring has come to our dining tables

Nanohana The year of 2021 has begun! Japanese express the word ‘New Year’ as a ‘Shinshun’ meaning ‘New Spring’. Even though we are still in the middle of winter, spring has already arrived at our dining table. A special dish called “Nanohana”, a cruciferous green vegetable, closely related to rapini and broccoli is served on our dining table.…

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2020 Winter The sight of early Hasami morning
2020 winter

2020 Winter The sight of early Hasami morning

Winter has come to Hasami. Hasami Morning Post harvest rice fields has turned white with frost.As dawn breaks, sun ray dyes the edge of mountain in madder red. The stream fog from river is called “Kearashi” in Japanese.It is the fog that is generated by cold air flowing near the surface of the water, often…

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Spring has arrived in Hasami

A stroll through the Tozenji temple Tozenji temple Tozenji temple is located at the end of the street leading from the Hotel Bliss Villa Hasami. a 10 to 15 minute walk will take you from the hotel to the temple. There stands a gorgeous “weeping cherry tree” in the temple’s garden. The tree is named…

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Hata No Hara Kiln

One of the Oldest Climbing Kilns in Japan Within the enclave of the Japanese mountainside lies one of Japans oldest climbing kilns. In the quiet, but peaceful pottery town of Hasami, this kiln was designated as a national historic site on September 6, 2000. But Just How Old Is Hata No Hara Kiln This kiln…

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Onigitanada Rice Terrace Festival

To bring in the fall season, Hasami has the Onigitanada rice terrace festival. This festival has many unique events and experiences to take part in and enjoy. I went before the official opening day so the number of people was a lot fewer. Expect large crowds of people laughing and enjoying the various types of…

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Onigitanada – Hasami’s Terraced Rice Field

Onigitanada Deep within Hasami, Japan lies a beautiful terraced rice field called, ‘Onigitanada`. Nestled within the mountainside, Onigitanada has a quiet, but tremendous presence within the landscape. Here, time seems to take a step back, and the tranquil life of the Japanese countryside can easily take a hold of you. The name ‘Onigi` was given…

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Historic Japanese Pottery Town

Nakaoyama is a quiet town in Hasami, Japan, that is brimming with history. This historic Japanese pottery town sits between the mountains and seems to be looking down at the unchanged landscape below. Nakaoyama was the leading area for production of everyday pottery in Japan and is still creating porcelain to this day. History At…

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Weeping Cherry Tree

Weeping Cherry Tree Sitting along the mountainside of one of Hasami’s many mountains towers a large weeping cherry tree. Unlike regular cherry blossom trees, this one has long draping branches that seem to look like the small pink flowers are cascading off of it like a great waterfall.   This tree has been prominently displayed…

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Nishinohara

Nishinohara One of Hasami’s must-see spots is Nishinohara. Here, there is a little bit of everything. If you are looking to get a bite to eat, stop for some coffee, take a look at Hasami porcelain, or just relax in a scenic area, this is the place to go. Nishinohara and its surrounding area are…

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