The Olympics is a quadrennial international multi-sport event celebrated as a global sports festival by people all over the world. The Olympics are held in both the summer and winter, and its ultimate goal is the cultivation of people and world peace through sports. The Games of the XXIX Olympiad held in 2008 in Beijing, China, with 302 events in 28 sports, had athletes participating from 204 countries and regions. London will be the hosts of the 2012 Olympics, commemorating the memorable 30th Olympic Games.



Bonsai are miniaturized potted plants and trees for aesthetic appreciation and are an art from unique to Japan.



"Ohanami" means cherry blossom viewing. People go to parks, gardens, or mountain settings to get a good view of cherry blossoms. And they enjoy getting together with their co-workers, family members, and friends.

Autumn leaves

When it gets cooler, the leaves change color into red, yellow and various other colors as if they are trying to be most beautiful at the very last moment before they fall. The exact date for looking at autumn leaves changes annually depending on the weather, but usually it is from mid-September to early December. In this season, people go out to the mountainous countryside to see autumn leaves, an activity which is called “Autumn leaf hunting,” or momiji-gari.