15 Mar

Honen Matsuri at Tagata Shrine

Komaki City, Aichi Pref.

Afternoon Join Chubu

The main eye catcher of this festival—quite possibly one of the rarest festivals out there—is the wooden male phallus known as "O-owasegata" carved annually from white cedar. It is placed on the bed of a portable shrine and paraded around town, the sight of which has attracted quite a bit...

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The main eye catcher of this festival—quite possibly one of the rarest festivals out there—is the wooden male phallus known as "O-owasegata" carved annually from white cedar. It is placed...

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17 Mar

Sominsai at Hayachine Shrine

Hanamaki City, Iwate Pref.

Caution ! Afternoon See Tohoku

In Iwate Prefecture, there are a number of festivals with the name Sominsai. The festival originates from an old legend where a god dressed as a weary traveler was looking for a place to stay one night and the villagers of Somin Shorai, though having very little themselves, treated the...

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In Iwate Prefecture, there are a number of festivals with the name Sominsai. The festival originates from an old legend where a god dressed as a weary traveler was looking...

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10 Mar

Yamada no Harumatsuri

Chichibu City, Saitama Pref.

Over 100 Years All Day See Kanto

The Yamada no Harumatsuri (Yamada’s spring festival)—the grand annual festival held at Tsunemochi Shrine—is famous for being the first festival of the year in the Chichibu region to feature Dashi floats. 
Dashi floats including two Yatai (a type of Dashi float with a roof attached) and one Kasaboko leave their...

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The Yamada no Harumatsuri (Yamada’s spring festival)—the grand annual festival held at Tsunemochi Shrine—is famous for being the first festival of the year in the Chichibu region to feature Dashi...

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3 Mar

Hiina Matsuri

Kyoto City, Kyoto Pref.

Afternoon See Kansai

March 3rd is the national holiday known as Hiina Matsuri, where prayers are made for the healthy growth and happiness of daughters every where.  Every one of the deities depicted at Ichihime Shrine are female. Hiina doll displays line the shrine office of Ichihime Shrine to celebrate the festival.Close by...

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March 3rd is the national holiday known as Hiina Matsuri, where prayers are made for the healthy growth and happiness of daughters every where.  Every one of the deities depicted...

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3 Mar
4 Mar

Daruma Doll Fair at Ganzandaishi

Chofu City, Tokyo Pref.

Over 100 Years Afternoon See Tokyo

The Jindai-ji Temple in Tokyo has an ancient and honorable origin. In March, people flock from the greater Tokyo area to buy a Daruma doll. The Daruma doll is a round red figure made after the Buddhist saint "Daruma-daishi" (Dharma) depicting mostly his face and has been adored by the...

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The Jindai-ji Temple in Tokyo has an ancient and honorable origin. In March, people flock from the greater Tokyo area to buy a Daruma doll. The Daruma doll is a...

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