Posted October 28, 2010 by BookingBuddy
Take a quick look around, and it should be pretty obvious that Halloween is just around the corner. Shops are stocked with plastic skulls and pumpkins, while little kids (and the occasional longsuffering pet) are dresses as witches, goblins, and Darth Vader. This spooky holiday is very popular both in the UK and in the United States, but isn’t celebrated worldwide. In fact, there are many other versions of Halloween all around the world.
Hungry Ghost Festival, China
Chinese communities celebrate the Hungry Ghost Festival on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month. The festival is the culmination of the Ghost Month, when the deceased are thought to roam the earth. You’re likely to see huge banquets being prepared – these are then offered to the spirits, along with offering of incense.
Day of the Dead, Mexico
The Mexicans honour their deceased relatives with one of the most colourful celebrations around. It falls on November 2nd, and many families visit cemeteries to clean up the graves and leave offerings. Sugar skulls are given away, and pan de muerto, a sweet bread, is baked and eaten.
Bon Festival, Japan
The Bon Festival is a time to honour one’s ancestors and clean their graves. It is also believed that the spirits visit their altars at this time. The Bon Odori, or Bon Dance, is also performed during the festival, and often features a singer who performs traditional min’yo folksongs.
Posted June 10, 2010 by BookingBuddy
The thriving metropolis of Tokyo is a
favourite holiday destination for many, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a city
of contrasts – the huge city is one of the most populated centres in the world,
yet there are many tranquil pockets of greenery to be found everywhere. Seek
out the latest fashion or technology in the popular shopping districts of
Shinjuku and Harajuku, or discover Tokyo’s history in historic centres such as
Asakusa and Ueno. Before you leave, remember to spend some time sampling Tokyo’s
cuisine. The sushi is justifiably famous, but there are all sorts of less
well-known snacks and dishes to try out too!
Ghibli Museum – Studio Ghibli has charmed
the young and old alike with their whimsical, heart-warming films, so a visit
to this museum is a must if you’re a fan. The museum was designed by Hayao
Miyazaki himself, and features both permanent exhibitions, and a series of special
shows dedicated to animated films. Fans of Ghibli’s movies will recognise the
large, plush toy ‘catbus’, and the giant robot soldier from Laputa, Castle In The Sky. Tickets to the museum can be purchased from
Lawsons convenience stores around Tokyo.
Daiwa Sushi – You may think it’s
insane to queue for an hour (at 4.30am, no less) for some sushi, but the
sacrifice will be worth it when you receive your sushi. Daiwa Sushi in Tsukiji Market,
Tokyo’s famous fish and seafood market, so the fish is as fresh as it gets. Opt
for the omakase (chef’s choice) and feast
on the fruits of the sea presented to you on little lacquered plates. The
selection depends on what’s available that day, so your breakfast may range
from razor clams, ruby-red tuna, succulent prawns, sweet grilled eel or fish
you may not even know the names of.
Sumisho Hotel – Sumisho Hotel is
situated in the centre of this busy city, but you’ll feel like you’re in the
serene Japanese countryside once you’ve entered it. The hotel looks and feels
like a tradition ryokan, or inn, and
has a selection of Western-style rooms, or Japanese-style rooms with futon
mattresses. The Japanese-style rooms look traditional, but are equipped with
all the latest modcons, and seem very spacious, especially once the futons are
rolled away. Relax in the hotel’s baths after a tiring day trekking through the
city, or enjoy a sumptuous meal in the attached restaurant. Room rates start
Check here for Tokyo travel information.