Tokyo Spring (by shinichiro*)
The Yayoi festival signals the arrival of spring at Nikko, which has temples and shrines registered as World Heritage sites. The main attraction takes place on the 17th: a parade of 12 beautifully adorned floats called hana-yatai from each town.
This is a traditional festival dating back as far as the 8th Century. Even today ancient customs are faithfully observed and the ritual must be conducted accordingly. Any mistake causes a lot of trouble, which is why this festival is also called Gota Matsuri, the word “gota” meaning “trouble,” or “Festival of Disputes.” (via Yayoi Festival | Traverse Japan Topics)
The Takayama Festival is one of the striking festivals of Japan, held twice a year in spring and autumn in the city of Takayama. The festival draws a large number of people from Japan and the world over. The Spring Festival, also known as Sanno Matsuri, is the festival of the Hie Shrine, and the Autumn Festival, also known as Hachiman Matsuri is the annual festival of the Hachiman Shrine. Both the festivals have similar events and attractions. The Takayama Festival centres around the set of majestically decorated festival floats, known as ‘yatai’, which are stored in storehouses scattered across Takayama’s old town, during the year. (via Takayama Festival 2014- Takayama Festival Japan 2014- Dates of Takayama Festival)
April 14 (Black Day): Those who did not receive anything on the 14th of February or March go to a Korean restaurant to eat black bean noodles called Jajangmyeon (짜장면) to “mourn” their single life together. (via Black Day, Here I Come | I wish I was a little bit taller…)
Araw ng Kagitingan “Day of Valor” also known as Bataan Day (Philippines) also known as Bataan Day, a national holiday wherein groups of Filipino citizens solemnly re-walk parts of the death route and pay homage to those who died on it.
Hanamatsuri- Flower Festival- April 8th
Hanamatsuri meaningl “flower festival”,is a festival in spring when flowers flourish but the most famous reason for this day is to celebrate Sakyamuni Buddha’s birthday on April 8th.
It is also called Kanbutsue or Goutane. Altars are erected and decorated with flowers around a statue of baby Buddha. Amacha or Sweet Tea is poured on the Buddha’s head.
The nature of the festival varies greatly from region to region, and often appears to have the characteristics of older spring festivals: driving out devils or praying for the coming harvest. It is not a public holiday (via Hanamatsuri - Japan Guide - JapanLinked.com)
April 5th, 2014 is
Qingming Festival (China) Also know as Tomb Sweeping Day, a day to honor ones ancestors by cleaning their graves.