Golden Week Through the Eyes of Amanda of Marshalls Abroad

I heard from my parents and they arrived safely in Tokyo and I hope they are having a great time. I received an email from them, which is how I know they arrived there. I wanted to share their email with you, it read exactly like this:

Safely. Heated toilets r the best

Boy, do I love my parents. And yes heated toilets definitely exist in Japan, they exist in homes, they exist in department stores and yes they are quite wonderful during the winter months to warm up your little bum :-)
In case you ever wanted to see an electric toilet, here it is.

As I mentioned yesterday, Amanda of Marshalls Abroad would be sharing with you her experiences with Golden Week in Japan with some gorgeous photos.
So take it away Amanda and thank you for sharing with henning love readers about Golden Week!

Golden Week is a very special time of holidays in Japan. 
Living on Okinawa, my husband and I quickly learned how much the islanders especially love celebrations. Many locals have this week off from work or school and festivals line neighborhood streets each day. 
All over the island are carp streamers ~ the large carp represent fathers and the smaller carp children ~ in honor of Kodomo-No-Hi, which is Children's Day. It's an important celebration that takes place during Golden Week and one that we have had such a fun time partaking in living here. 
According to an ancient legend {so many holidays here are based on those!} the golden carp that swam upstream braved rapids and waterfalls and had strength to leap over the Dragon Gate at the river's head. So, many believe that the carp represents the epitome of courage and they are flown as a wish for their children to grow up strong and successful. {Info thanks to Okinawa Living}
This week of holidays culminates on Okinawa this Saturday with the ever-colorful Dragon Boat races. (:
I love this country!

Thank you Amanda for sharing and thank you everyone for letting me talk about Japan and sharing more about this wonderful county and people with you.


Tiffany said...

So fun to see a beautiful look at another culture! Have never tried a heated toilet, but my friends who work at Google say they are the best :)

Meghan @ More from Meg said...

Wow - heated toilet - sounds awesome!! Love all your pictures! :)

BeckyJo606 said...

Your parents are so funny! The dragon races sound amazing! Thanks for sharing all of this with us. :)

Ruthie Hart said...

I loved seeing that your parents sent you a note about the heated toilets!! I am trying to imagine what that would feel like?! are they always heated or do you adjust the heat lol

Jes said...

Heated toilet seats are my favorite things in this world. At least one of them.
They are amazing. Amazing.

Kate @ Daffodils said...

hehe love that email from your parents

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Heated toilets! That's awesome! Beautiful country, hope I get to visit it some time in the future.

Anna said...

I never thought I'd call a toilet 'beautiful,' but that one! it is beautiful. I want one!

krissy jane said...

Japanese toilets are the best. There are so many genius features you never realized you want with a toilet.

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

Heated toilets huh? That is most intriguing!

Anna Elder said...

I've always enjoyed learning about Golden Week! And now I want a heated toilet. haha

REBrown said...

How colorful and fun!

Audrey @ Putting Me Together said...

hahahaha I love that toilet. And I love more the email from your parents.


Alexa said...

Oh my goodness Meg. I love your parents too. Haha. And I have heard about these heated toilets and I'm pretty sure that is one thing I would like to have here.