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Illuminating the Castle Town--Odawara Lantern Summer Festival     

Odawara Lantern was created in the City of Odawara in the old days when people used to travel on foot.  It was designed to be conveniently carried around by travelers, and then became quite popular.  The castle town of Odawara holds a summer festival featuring this historical lantern.  You can enjoy dance and Japanese drum performances, parade and local specialties at stalls.  When it gets dark, the lanterns displayed along the moat are lit up bringing a fantastic atmosphere.

Photo: Odawara Lantern Festival

城下町を彩る 小田原ちょうちん夏まつり

徒歩で旅をするのが当たり前だった時代、旅人が携帯するのに便利なようにと小田原で編み出され、人気を博した小田原提灯。城下町小田原で、この歴史ある提灯をシンボルとした夏祭りが開かれます。踊りや太鼓の舞台やパレードを楽しみ、屋台で名物料理を堪能するうち、夜になれば、お堀沿いに並べられた提灯が幻想的な雰囲気を演出します。

 

 

Lotus Flowers Glistening with Morning Dew at Sankei-en Garden  

Sankei-en is a vast Japanese-style garden located close to Yokohama.  Mainly on weekends of July and August, early-morning lotus viewing events take place in the Garden.  Lotus is considered a noble flower, referred to as a flower of the saint in India and of a prince in China.  The flower fully opens at around 7:00 in the morning, and completely closes by noon.  With full-fledged summer just around the corner, it will be nice to get up early to see the beautiful lotus flowers.  For kids, there are fun events using lotus leaves.  Also noted is the special breakfast served at cafés in the garden only for this season.            

Photo: Lotus at Yokohama Sankei-en

朝露に輝く蓮 横浜三渓園

横浜にほど近く位置する広大な日本庭園、三渓園では、7月から8月にかけての土日を中心に、早朝観蓮会を開催します。蓮はインドでは聖者の花、中国では君子の花といわれる高貴な花ですが、午前7時ごろ見ごろとなり、正午には完全に閉じてしまいます。夏本番を迎えるこの季節、早起きして美しい蓮を観賞してみませんか。お子様も楽しめるイベントや、園内の茶店で楽しめる早朝限定の朝食も魅力的です。

 

 

 

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