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花火大会 – Fireworks

In Japan, fireworks are normally held in late July to August.  In the Tokyo area, about eight different places annually hold big …

Asagaya Tanabata Festival

A neighborhood in Tokyo called Asagaya holds its annual festival (阿佐谷七夕まつり) for Tanabata (click for more details) in August about one month …

七夕 – Tanabata

Tanabata (たなばた or 七夕) is a Japanese event / celebration day that originated in China.  According to Chinese legend, the Milky Way …

Kids Summer Program

We are happy to announce that we will have a kids program (age 12-16) this summer at the SCETA Japan Center. This summer …

梅酒 – Japanese Plum Wine

Japanese plum wine or Japanese plum juice is not difficult to make.  If you see Japanese plums in a grocery store, you …

梅 – Japanese Plum

Ume (うめ) or Japanese plums are slightly different from the plums or apricots that you see in the U.S.  We normally make …

梅雨 – Rainy Season

I cannot remember where I found this picture from, but this is a picture of tsuyu or rainy season (please click the link …

Summer Cookout 2018

Cookout & Activities on Sun 6/24/18: Music by DJ Mambo Soul Postpone if rains -> Sat 6/30/18, 7pm-10pm -> Sun 7/8/18, 2pm-6pm …

イチゴ – Strawberries

Strawberries or ichigo are one of the most popular fruits in Japan.  Usually strawberries are in season around March and April.  We …