Monday, 9 January 2017


Everyone likes holidays right? And different countries celebrate different holidays for different reasons right? Well, Japan celebrate a lot of holidays but the one I'll be sharing some infomation about is National Foundation Day then share what I would do. National Foundation Day is a holiday dedicated to Japan's original founder and reign of the first emperpor, Jimmu. People will gather around and celebrate, they don't normally have huge parties or celebrations but most people do get off of work so that's fun unless you like working then yeah.

What I would do to celebrate is to visit a few places just to show my appreciation for all the things that have become of Japan after it was found. I've heard about Yakushima and how it is suppose to be a magical place with a goregous beach and is known for its wildlife and cedar forests. The second place I would like to visit is Aokigahara also known as suicide forest. It has rocky, ice caverns that is one of the few popular tourist destitnations. Aokigahara is associated with ghosts and is a common suicide spot, that is why there is a sign at the main trail that tells suicidal vistors to think about their families and to contact a suicide prevention association. All of those famalies who had a child/children that commited suicide must have been a dark day for them. The last place I would want to visit is a Tokyo Meiji shrine, a doll funeral. That is called Ningyo Kuyo, doll appreciation festival. Ningyo Kuyo is a ceramony for dolls of all sorts. They believe that dolls that have been treated poorly come to life and attack their owners, just for revenge. Those are called yokai which are supernatural monsters, spirits and demons. Those are the places I would visit to show my appreciation.


Rachel Williamson said...

Hi Riiana,

Wow, I have learned so much about various elements of Japan and Japanese life that I didn't know before reading your post. I must admit that Aokigahara sounds like a very dark and challenging place to visit. I am sorry to hear that people have chosen to commit suicide in the forest. That is terribly tragic and quite upsetting to think about, isn't it? I hope that anyone who is struggling with feelings of sadness, despair, doubt, frustration of loss can contact a friend, family member or professional to talk about their feelings and get the help that they need. Here in New Zealand we have a number of organisations that people can call if they need any help. One of the largest is called 'Lifeline Aotearoa' and the number is 0800 543 354. I hope that they have a similar programme in Japan.

On a much lighter note, I think that Yakushima sounds amazing - the beach, wildlife and cedar forests would all be worth a visit, wouldn't they? The Tokyo Meiji Shrine would also be well worth visiting as would the Ningyo Kuyo festival. I've never heard of a doll appreciation festival before, have you?

Thanks for sharing this really informative blog with us, Riiana. You've certainly taught me a lot about places and events in Japan that were brand new to me.

Keep up the great work, Riiana :)


Unknown said...

Hi Riiana!

My name is Navya, and I live in Toronto, Ontario. I loved reading your blog! Your information is so descriptive and interesting to read. I would love to read more of your posts and hope that you will keep posting on this!!

Rachel Williams said...

Hi Riiana,

Congratulations on placing first in the Summer Learning Journey blogging programme for Ruapotaka school this past holiday. You were a blogging star! I will look forward to seeing you when I come in to the school to hand out certificates and prizes.

See you soon!

Rachel :)

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