Cherry Blossoms From the middle of March to mid-April every year is the short but beautiful cherry blossom season. Autumn Colors From the end of October to the end of November maples turn billiant shades of red, and rival spring's cherry blossoms in beauty. Events There are traditional festivals (matsuri) and fairs throughout the year in Japan, including such famous events as the Gion Matsuri and the Jidai Matsuri. New Year in Japan New Year is the most celebrated event of the year. The most popular activities are visits to shrines and temples and the eating of foods prepared specially for the new year. Come out and join the fun with Keihan!