Hotel Ryumeikan Ochanomizu Honten



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There are already 2 months left for this year.
November in Tokyo the climate gets gradually cold indicates weather temperature 13.3 degrees on average (1981-2010y) which shows winter season beginning.


Also Japanese women enjoy fashion coordinates suitable for this cozy season. All over outside in town café you will see many people spend comfortable time in terrace appreciating colored tree leaves.
Now Hotel Ryumeikan Ochanomizu Honten is surrounded with many Ginko trees all over around and those are getting colored yellow gold beautifully.
Please feel and touch those sensitive autumn moment when you visit us.

We call November Shimotuki by lunar calendar in Japan, and it is even called this way as new calendar nowadays ( lunar calendar was established by lunar and solar calendar in the past. Ancient people established a date of new/crescent moon the 1st day of the beginning of month and following dates established like 2ndand3rd.
Another new moon comes next was established as the 1st date of next month. People started to count by new calendar since 6th year of Meiji (in 1873).

Name of "Shimotsuki" literally says "the month to freeze", which means to start cold little by little and makes you feel cold air in autumn season.
There is another story for Shimotsuki saying that autumn season to feast harvests altogether called "Oshimono zuki / feast month" abbreviated into "Shimotsuki".

There are several national holidays and events in November as follows.

BUNKANO NO HI (Culture Day)

A day established by new constitution declared for peace, sovereignty of the people and respect for fundamental human rights in 1948.
Nowadays on the day people celebrate respectful sprit of culture and the emperor confers the order of Cultural Merit at the Imperial Palace. And many other cultural festival events are hosted by Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs on this day.

SHICHI-GO‐SAN  七五三(753)

A day on November 15th to celebrate by children aged 7, 5 and 3. We go to shrine to pray for the healthy growth of young children.
People generally tend to go to their local shrine weekends around the day these days. Parents take celebrated children in a dress up with exquisite kimono with Chitoseame, of which is red and white candy sticks mean "a thousand years" for a wish for healthy growth and longevity, and take memorial photos.

KINRO KANSHA NO HI (Labor Thanksgiving Day)

The date of November 23 was to thank agricultural harvest called Niinamesai.(festival for new harvest.) During those times there were not specific ways to express thanksgiving for labors daily with crops, and so that it said people established the day to reaffirm the purpose of labor.

On the other hand, the meaning " Labor" is, according to an article of "Japanese New National day" written by Shinkichi Ukeda who was a cultural committee member of a house of Representatives, as following:
"not only for the achievement to produce products by physical labor, but for deep consideration with each dates by spiritual production.
There exists, creates and produces to carry on meaningful lives with great meaning for research attitude to define the essence of things.
By producing cultural resources in diversity of mentality and productively is defined understanding to produce things."

As mentioned, November is the beautiful month of autumn colors. During your stay in Hotel Ryumeikan Ochanomizu Honten, you may visit Koishikawa Korakuen and Uenopark by walk to appreciate colored nature under autumn cleared sky.

1st, November, 2014