Although it was not quite in season yet, the freshly parboiled bamboo shoot tasted amazingly sweet. The subtle tang in the aftertaste suggested the arrival of spring.
Rice cooked with large pieces of bamboo shoots, complete with the vivid young leaf buds of Japanese pepper, is also a feast for the eyes.
The Japanese government has drawn up measures to minimize possible disruption to people's daily lives during the 10-day holidays from April 27 when the Imperial abdication and enthronement events will be held.
The government plans to provide additional subsidies for daycare facilities to assist parents who will have to work during this period.
Various flowers have entered full bloom in many parts of Japan, with warm weather seen in wide areas. Monday also marked the beginning of spring -- known as Risshun -- in the lunar calendar.
In Nobeoka City in the southwestern prefecture of Miyazaki, temperatures neared 19 degrees Celsius, which is as warm as early April.
Yuzu will hold a dome tour called 'Yuzu Hikigatari Dome Tour 2019 Yuzu Nomi' starting in May.
The two made the announcement on December 19 when they made a live appearance on AbemaTV. Kitagawa Yujin announced, "We talked it over with the staff, and we, Yuzu, have made a big decision. Next spring, we will hold the first dome tour in Japanese history where we sing to our own accompaniment."
Maison book girl have announced that they will hold a tour as well as an event titled 'Solitude HOTEL 7F' next spring. In addition, they will release a brand new single (currently untitled) in April.
This announcement was made on December 16 during their live 'Solitude Hotel 6F yume' at Hulic Hall Tokyo. More details on the tour and single will be revealed later, so stay tuned!
Makihara Noriyuki will set out on a nationwide tour next spring.
The tour will held to coincide the release of the singer's new album (currently untitled). It will kick off on March 2 at Kawaguchi Sogo Bunka Center Lilia in Saitama with the finale on July 28 at NHK Hall in Tokyo for a total of 42 shows.
DEAN FUJIOKA will release a new album titled "History In The Making" in early spring.
This announcement was made on November 3 at his fan club event. DEAN's last album "Cycle" was release about three years ago in March of 2016. He commented, "Musically, I tried many things, failed, and grew. Each song in the album is filled with many feelings. I will continue to grow! I wanted to create a future with everyone, so I gave it this title." More details on the album will be announced later.
Hot springs operators in Hokkaido are stepping up efforts to attract tourists. The move comes as a powerful earthquake that hit the northern Japanese prefecture is impacting tourism, one of the region's main industries.
Hotels in the Jozankei hot sprint resort have had many cancelations. They say they are expected to lose about 330 million yen, or around 3 million dollars, by the end of the year.
[ALEXANDROS] will release a new album (currently untitled) this November. They have also announced an arena tour for next spring.
This announcement was made on August 16 during their first stadium one-man live 'VIP PARTY 2018' at ZOZO Marine Stadium in Chiba. The upcoming album will be their seventh original album, and their first since "EXIST!" was released two years ago. The title, track list, and other details will be revealed at a later date.