The spring Joppari festival: a magical tribute to the apple blossom

16 May 2016 in Have Fun

Come and experience “Joppari” festival celebrating the apple blossom in Japan: a truly magical and extraordinary sight that only the Japanese know how to stage.

Hoshino Resorts Aomoriya Jawamegu square

Japanese are very sensitive to the seasons, attached to traditions, and very in tune with nature. That’s why besides the 4 seasons that are particularly outstanding in the country, there are many more which occur as the months go by, perhaps introduced by the arrival of a bird, or a gust of a new wind, or the blooming of a tree, always promising enchanting moments just waiting to be discovered by you.

Hoshino Resorts Aomoriya

Hoshino Resorts Aomoriya is organising the first Joppari festival dedicated to apple blossom. From 8 April to 30 June 2016, you can explore an unusual scene. Jawamegu square, in the centre of the resort, is completely decorated with lanterns for the occasion, each one reproducing the likeness of the apple blossom to allow you to relive the magic of this moment when the flowers open.

Japanese Joppari festival lanterns

Did you know that during these celebrations, the Japanese flock around a stand set up in the centre of the square to pull out their “omikuji”, a small strip of paper with a prediction? Whatever the subject (love, health, work, etc.), everyone is curious to find out what the future holds for them. Once these have been read, there are two possible solutions: keep the paper if the prediction is good or tie it to a tree if it is not so good. Why not discover what the future holds for you in this enchanting scene?

Traditional lantern and umbrella in Japan

During these joyous and festive evenings, you can experience magical moments, admiring the lanterns to the sound of music, and walking along a path of parasols. These delicate Japanese umbrellas, decorated with flowers using a waxing technique that is used in Aomori festivals, are lit up fantastically. At night, head out to the park and enjoy this Japanese-style light spectacle that can only be experienced during spring.

Drink Japanese cocktails of fruits

You can only experience these enchanting and timeless moments in Japan, where people respect traditions and never cease to admire nature, creating those magical moments that you are invited to share. So, when are you coming?

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