27 Jan
28 Jan

Nago SAKURA Matsuri

Nago City, Okinawa Pref.

All Day See Okinawa

Spring season in Okinawa arrives early in comparison to the Honshu (main island) of Japan where cherry blossoms usually bloom from late March into April. Okinawa experiences long summers and short spring, autumn and winter seasons as a result of the relatively small year-around temperature differences caused by its subtropical...

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Spring season in Okinawa arrives early in comparison to the Honshu (main island) of Japan where cherry blossoms usually bloom from late March into April. Okinawa experiences long summers and...

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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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7 Jan

Nanakusa Hitaki Matsuri

Minato City, Tokyo Pref.

Afternoon See Tokyo

By burning the good-luck charms you have used the past year in a holy flame and bathing in the heat, you can further avoid illness and disasters. By borrowing the power of the god of fire, you are able to send the power of those charms back up to the...

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By burning the good-luck charms you have used the past year in a holy flame and bathing in the heat, you can further avoid illness and disasters. By borrowing the...

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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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9 Jan
11 Jan

Toka Ebisu / Kaimon Shinji Fukuotoko Erabi

Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Pref.

Over 100 Years Morning Join Kansai

Ebisu-sama is the Japanese deity that brings good fortune. Revered for ages by fisherman and merchants, shrines worshipping this god can be found all throughout Japan. The main shrine out of all of them is the Nishinomiya Shrine that holds the Toka Ebisu Festival. The festival, held over three days...

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Ebisu-sama is the Japanese deity that brings good fortune. Revered for ages by fisherman and merchants, shrines worshipping this god can be found all throughout Japan. The main shrine out...

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