by Maya Redden


Winter country: Japan

When Japan starts to get cold you may start to see some odd stuff such as: monkeys in a hot spring. That’s right, every year thousands of tourists show up to see the Japanese Snow Monkeys (or Macaques) play in the hot springs of Japan to keep warm during the harsh winter.

There are many traditional holidays in Japan but New Year is actually the most important one. Most businesses close from January 1 to January 3 so they can spend time with their families. They often decorate their homes with ornaments made of pine, bamboo, and plum trees and they always eat soba (buckwheat noodles) symbolizing longevity. On January 1 everyone goes outside early in the morning to see the first sunrise of the year.

Winter itself is beautiful in japan with the snow on Mount Fuji and the cherry trees. The cities are also a great place in the snow where you can experience the Sapporo Snow Fest and see the giant ice and snow sculptures or go skiing on the old Olympic track where some people call it “Skier’s paradise”


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