26 Sep
27 Sep

Ofune Matsuri

Azumino City, Nagano Pref.

Over 100 Years Afternoon See Chubu

Every year on the 26th and 27th of September, this festival has been held at the Hotaka Shrine for over 300 years. It is a time to pray for peace throughout the land, a rich harvest of grain and the happiness and prosperity of the shrines parishioners.  On the 26th, from...

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Every year on the 26th and 27th of September, this festival has been held at the Hotaka Shrine for over 300 years. It is a time to pray for peace...

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11 Oct
13 Oct

Oeshiki

Ota City, Tokyo Pref.

Over 400 Years Night See Tokyo

The Oeshiki is a Buddhist ritual held on the anniversary of the death of Nichiren, the founder the Nichiren sect of Buddhism. Followers gather annually from near and far to hold various prayers over three days. This festival is a great and easy way to get to know more about...

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The Oeshiki is a Buddhist ritual held on the anniversary of the death of Nichiren, the founder the Nichiren sect of Buddhism. Followers gather annually from near and far to...

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14 Sep
15 Sep

The Danjiri Matsuri in Kishiwada

Kishiwada City, Osaka Pref.

Over 100 Years All Day See Kansai

There are no other comparisons thinkable when it comes to the unparalleled relationship between Danjiri Matsuri and the people of Kishiwada. They have a unique calendar that begins with September—the starting month of the festival—and children born in Kishiwada learn how to pull the Danjiri (float) ropes before any other...

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There are no other comparisons thinkable when it comes to the unparalleled relationship between Danjiri Matsuri and the people of Kishiwada. They have a unique calendar that begins with September—the...

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4 Oct
5 Oct

Benkei Matsuri

Tanabe City, Wakayama Pref.

Night Kansai

Benkei was a monk famous for being tough and rugged, who left many legends during his lifetime over 800 years ago. The Benkei Matsuri festival began in 1987 in Tanabe City where his father is said to be from. The festival is held on the first Friday and Saturday of...

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Benkei was a monk famous for being tough and rugged, who left many legends during his lifetime over 800 years ago. The Benkei Matsuri festival began in 1987 in Tanabe...

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22 Sep
23 Sep

Seimei Festival

Kyoto City, Kyoto Pref.

Over 100 Years All Day See Kansai

The Master of Yin and Yang, Abe no Seimei (920-1005) was active in the mid Heian Era. As an astronomer, he could also read the stars, and tell fortunes. Using many "magic spells", techniques and rituals regarding Yin and Yang, he was able to protect the capital from disasters. Even...

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The Master of Yin and Yang, Abe no Seimei (920-1005) was active in the mid Heian Era. As an astronomer, he could also read the stars, and tell fortunes. Using...

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