A symbol of spring in Japan, cherry blossoms or “sakura” are enjoyed throughout Japan. The cherry blossom front moves from south (starting in February on Okinawa) to north, arriving on the Kanto Plain around the end of March and reaching Misawa by the end of April.
Every April, Kijoka, an area famous for its waterfalls, becomes the site for another photogenic beauty: the blooming of tall irises. Known as iris ochroleuca, these flowers bloom and carpet the paddy fields with rich green and purple color.
The Marine Corps is delaying the deployment of thousands of Marines to northern Australia for a six-month rotation starting in April due to travel restrictions associated with the coronavirus, U.S. officials said Monday.
Editor’s note: Due to the ongoing coronavirus spread, organizers for this year’s Tsutsuji Matsuri have cancelled the event planned from Mar. 1-22. Please visit Okinawa.stripes.com for the latest updates on this and other cancellations.
When you think of comfort food, what comes to mind? For some people it might be fried chicken or pizza. There is a great variety of things people might say, but when it comes to Japanese comfort food, many might think of different fried teats like karaage or katsu.