Parade festivals are often held in rural Japan. Students from elementary school to high school parade through the town dancing and playing musical instruments in groups. The school practices for these festivals and cultivates students’ sense of unity. The townspeople feel a sense of community solidarity through these events.
Unaware that his master had passed away, the faithful Akita breed dog waited daily for 10 years outside of Tokyo’s Shibuya rail station until his own death. After newspapers picked up the story, the dog became a celebrity and a memorial statue was erected, which soon became one of Tokyo’s best known rendezvous points. Some hapless people seem to be waiting there almost as long as the dog did.
Awaji Island is the place where Japanese gods are said to have been born in “Kojiki.” Now the island is connected to Honshu by a bridge, so you can easily go there by car. Awaji Island is rich in nature and you can see various flowers, plants and animals. When spring comes, you can enjoy the magnificent scenery of rape blossoms and tulips. It is becoming popular as a cycling road, so let’s go there when it gets warm.