The year has come to an end. December has another name in Japan - it is called ‘Shiwasu’. The word has a couple of meanings and opinions to explain it. One of the popular meanings is ‘shi’ runs around because they are busy for the year-end Buddhist events (Shi refers to Buddhist monks). Thus, it is believed in Japan that December is the busiest month. We would like to be careful about our health and be ready for entering a new year with a lot of happiness.
Ikuta Ryokuchi Park located at Tama-ku is also famous for its beautiful autumn leaves.
From this month up to December, the leaves of a maple and a ginkgo have turned red and yellow. It will be perfect for finale that a metasequoia have changed beautiful colors.
In Ikuta Park, there are Kawasaki Sora To Midori No Kagaku Kan (Kawasaki Municipal Science Museum) which has a Planetarium, Nihon Minka-en (Japan Open-Air Folk Museum) and Okamoto Taro Bijyutsu-kan (Taro Okamoto Museum of Art Kawasaki).
By Train: 15-minute walk from Mukogaoka-yuen station on the Odakyu Line
The Mizonokuchi Eki-mae police box, or koban in Japanese, has police officers who can speak English. It is located under the pedestrian bridge near Mizonokuchi station, on the Tokyu Denentoshi line or JR Nambu line. November 27th is “Koban no Hi” which means police station day. Memorial event will be held from 15:00. We expect many international visitors to attend this ceremony. Please come and enjoy it!
There are various species of autumnal fruits in Japan. Especially Japanese persimmon (Kaki) has a lot of nutrition, including Vitamin A and Vitamin C in particular.
It is expected to get one day of Vitamin C and have the effect of preventing from catching a cold and from getting older if you eat one of Kaki.
It will also lead to be highly effective against overdrinking and hangovers.
The second Monday of October is Health-Sports Day. It is also called National Sports Day.
It was originally celebrated on October 10th to commemorate the opening ceremony of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. The date of Health-Sports Day was changed to the second Monday of October by a new law called Happy Monday in 2000. Only the year of 2020 when the Tokyo Olympics is held, Health-Sports Day will be changed to July 24th.
Autumnal Equinox Day is one of the national holidays in Japan and we pay respect to our ancestors and remember the recently deceased.
Although it is often said that the daytime will become shorter and the lengths of day and night will be equal, actually the daytime is a little longer.
Also, there is the equinoctial day of Higan(equinoctial week) and we eat Ohagi(bean cake) and worship our ancestors.
According to the National Institute of Infections Diseases, the number of patients suffering from rubella has been increasing mainly in the Kanto region. We are advised to wash our hands many times and to be more careful not to get in contact with sick people.
Especially pregnant ladies should be more cautious not to be infected as this disease can affect babies. It would be effective for them to be vaccinated before getting pregnant.
国の感染症研究所は 「ふうしん」の患者が 関東地方を中心に たいへん増えているので まめに手を洗い 注意してほしい と言っています。
特に 妊婦にうつると 赤ちゃんに 影響が出ることがあるので うつらないように 気をつけてください。
妊娠する前に ワクチンを注射すると 効果的です。
Fireworks festival in Tamagawa, Takatsu-ku will be held on October 13th (Saturday) this year although this festival used to be celebrated in August.
Last year this event was canceled due to the thunderstorm and it is scheduled to be held at a time, when the weather will be much more stable.
Please refer to the site below for more details.
During summer vacation, bus companies will set a discounted fare for children under 12 years old.
On Kawasaki city buses, a bus fare for children comes to 50yen (regularly 110yen) from July 21th to September 2nd.
This special fare can be received from other bus companies as well.