16 Apr


in Life in Japan

With the  cherry blosoms,  the mechanical life in Japan turns to an enchanting one. The general moods in those beautiful parks become very lively with great foods and wines in such Hanami practices. "Hanami" is the traditional festival in Japan said to have started during the Nara Period (710–794) for picnicking under a blooming cherry or plum tree.  

Usually in Japanese short poems, tanka and haiku, "flowers" meant "sakura." The practice of enjoying foods and drinks (usually Japanese rice wine called Sake)  under the Sakura trees was originally limited to the elite of the Imperial Court. But by the Edo period, it has spread to the common people as well. 

13 Jun

Season Of Rain

It is mid-June, the time where spring has come to an end and summer is being approached. But before summer arrives in Japan, it provides the country with continuous rain which is why this period of time at the moment is rainy season. Rainy season is called “Tsuyu” in Japanese language which when translated means “plum rain”.It is called so because the rainy season occurs right at the time when plum ripening occurs.

Onsen for Cancer Cure

in General

Cancer is the leading cause of deaths in Japan after heart attacks. The modern life style and increasing reliance on processed foods are believed to be the cause of growing number of cancer patients world wide. It is thought that  the number of patients suffering from this disease might surpass all other forms of diseases soon. While medical science has made tremendous progresses in detecting and treating the disease it has not come to a stage to completely eradicate it. So, it is natural that the patients seek alternative methods to get relief and cure from this deadly disease. 


Tamagawa Onsen in Akita Prefecture offers one such hopes to 

Japan’s large population of cancer patients.

For many years from that onsen area people were taking with them rocks, which are slightly radioactive. While there is strictly no medical evidence of cure, those rocks  were sold in exorbitant prices. Now, it is forbidden to take out any rock of Tamagawa Onsen.  

Komachi shinkansen from Tokyo station can be take to Tazawako station in Akita and then a bus ride to the onsen.

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