26 Jan

Wakakusayama Yamayaki

Nara City, Nara Pref.

Caution ! See Kansai

Yamayaki is an event that sets fire to Mount Wakakusa. The flame engulfs the entire mountain, and then rises up into the night sky. There are many supposed theories as to how the Yamayaki began. Some say that the grassy hills were set on fire in order to commemorate their...

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Yamayaki is an event that sets fire to Mount Wakakusa. The flame engulfs the entire mountain, and then rises up into the night sky. There are many supposed theories as...

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26 Jan
27 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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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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7 Jan

OMATSUHIKI

Tanbayama Village, Yamanashi Pref.

Over 100 Years Afternoon Join Kanto

During the New Year holiday in Japan, there is a custom of decorating one's front door way with a pine decoration known as "Kadomatsu." The Kadomatsu acts as a land mark for the gods to take notice of houses that wish to be blessed with good fortune in the new...

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During the New Year holiday in Japan, there is a custom of decorating one's front door way with a pine decoration known as "Kadomatsu." The Kadomatsu acts as a land...

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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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