In Japan, the year 2023 brought an end to pandemic restrictions and a weak yen. Meanwhile, tens of thousands explored hidden gems and favorite places throughout the country introduced through our readers' favorite column, "Hidden Wonders of Japan." Thanks to you, our valued readers, this weekly column reached new milestones in popularity in 2023.
As 2023 comes to a close, we are delighted to share a special selection of popular columns from this series. In this last installment, we revisit five articles from the column published from January to mid-May. We end with our most-read Hidden Wonders of 2023, which captivated over 20,000 readers in the 2023 New Year.
Check out these gems and discover for yourself why thousands read the Hidden Wonders of Japan series this year. Once again, thanks for following JAPAN Forward!
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All stories are from our series, [Hidden Wonders of Japan]:
Baby Blue Eyes in Toneri Park
By: Earl Kinmonth, May 19, 2023
In Toneri Park, the third biggest park in the 23 special wards of Tokyo, there is a quiet hillside covered in a gentle sea of delicate baby blue eyes.
Shibazakura Bloom in a Beautiful Oasis at the Base of Mt Fuji
By: Katsuyuki Seki, May 12, 2023
The annual Fuji Shibazakura Festival has returned with a bang, offering a mesmerizing view of 500,000 shibazakura flowers and Mt Fuji.
8000 Fireworks Light up the Night Sky in Akita
By: The Sankei Shimbun, May 5, 2023
In April, Akita Prefecture celebrated the spring chapter of the Omagari Fireworks Festival. Look forward to the even bigger summer event on August 26.
Secrets of Monet's Pond at Nemichi Shrine
By: Galileo Ferrari, March 10, 2023
While algorithms and complex formulas may have a place in the art scene, Monet's Pond reminds us that there's nothing quite like seeing it in person.
The Archery Competition Where 'New Adults' Give It Their Best Shot
On Coming of Age Day, Kyoto hosts a national archery competition for new adults. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience as all participants must have just reached the age of adulthood in Japan.
What is your hidden wonder of Japan? If you have a favorite spot that didn't make our list, let us know in the comments section below. Happy New Year!
Author: JAPAN Forward