10 Feb
11 Feb

Namahage Sedo Matsuri

Oga City, Akita Pref.

Night See Tohoku

Celebrated at the Shinzan Shrine in Kitaura, Oga city, this winter attraction is a combination of Saitousai, a sacred ritual performed on January 3rd, and Oga’s local folk performance of Namahage. Saitousai has its historical roots in the late Heian period (794 - 1185). A bonfire is lit on the grounds of the...

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Celebrated at the Shinzan Shrine in Kitaura, Oga city, this winter attraction is a combination of Saitousai, a sacred ritual performed on January 3rd, and Oga’s local folk performance of...

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24 Feb
4 Mar

Ayahinayama Matsuri

Aya Town, Miyazaki Pref.

Afternoon See Kyushu

The Hina Matsuri is a festival held all over Japan that celebrates the growth of young girls. It is most common for families with daughters to display Hina dolls inside of their homes. However, in the town of Aya, Miyazaki Prefecture, the Ayahinayama Matsuri is celebrated in a dynamic way...

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The Hina Matsuri is a festival held all over Japan that celebrates the growth of young girls. It is most common for families with daughters to display Hina dolls inside...

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16 Feb
4 Mar

Nagasaki Lantern Festival

Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Pref.

All Day See Kyushu

The festival, started by the residents of Nagasaki Shinchi‘s Chinatown, was originally a celebration for the Chinese new year that marked the beginning of spring. In 1994, they kicked it up in scale to become the Nagasaki Lantern Festival and is now the colorful major winter event of the city...

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The festival, started by the residents of Nagasaki Shinchi‘s Chinatown, was originally a celebration for the Chinese new year that marked the beginning of spring. In 1994, they kicked it...

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9 Jan

Maebashi Hatsu-ichi Matsuri

Maebashi City, Gunma Pref.

Over 400 Years All Day See Kanto

The Hatsuichi Matsuri of Maebashi City is a nostalgic tradition that has been continued since the early 1600's. Over 600 shops sell Daruma (Dharma) dolls and other good-luck objects at this market that bustles with visitors late into the night. The Daruma doll is a round, appendage-less doll of he...

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The Hatsuichi Matsuri of Maebashi City is a nostalgic tradition that has been continued since the early 1600's. Over 600 shops sell Daruma (Dharma) dolls and other good-luck objects at...

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3 Feb

Setsubunsai at Shizuoka Sengen Shrine

Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Pref.

Caution ! Afternoon Join Chubu

The day before the beginning of Spring is known as Setsubun. Importance is placed on this day because it is when the past year changes to the new year according to the 24 seasonal term solar calendar. Shrines and Temples throughout Japan celebrate this day and have Setsubun festivals. The...

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The day before the beginning of Spring is known as Setsubun. Importance is placed on this day because it is when the past year changes to the new year according...

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