Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Spring has busted out its plum blossoms in Kyoto!! This is my fourth spring in Japan and to welcome it I attended nodate or an open-air tea ceremony hosted by Geisha and Maiko (apprentice Geisha). Held at Kitano-Tenmangu Shrine every year on February 25th, the 梅花祭, baikasai (plum blossom festival) has been running for about 900 years and celebrates the arrival of these lovely flowers. I was served matcha (fine powdered green tea) and wagashi (cake) by a Maiko (quite different from being served my daily matcha-latte by the cute staff working at the Kyoto-Tower Starbucks)! A wonderful festival that I highly recommend! Ah, hello spring!

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