6 Apr

Matsue Warrior Procession

Matsue Cit, Shimane Pref.

Afternoon See Chugoku Shikoku

The warrior procession known as Matsue Musha Gyoretsu, held in Matsue City, boasts armor clad warriors (musha) and princesses in vibrant, colorful gowns in a reenactment of when the founder of Matsue, Daimyo Horio Yoshiharu, entered Matsue Castle with his clan. With over 200 annual participants, this civilian parade has...

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The warrior procession known as Matsue Musha Gyoretsu, held in Matsue City, boasts armor clad warriors (musha) and princesses in vibrant, colorful gowns in a reenactment of when the founder...

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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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29 Apr

Tanzan Shrine Kemari Festival

Sakurai City, Nara Pref.

Afternoon Join Kansai

Sitting quietly in the mountains of Nara Prefecture is the Tanzan Shrine, the home of this Spring/Autumn festival. Deep in roots, this festival brings back to life a game called Kemari that the royal family members used to play 1,400 years ago. The Tanzan Shrine is where the soul of...

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Sitting quietly in the mountains of Nara Prefecture is the Tanzan Shrine, the home of this Spring/Autumn festival. Deep in roots, this festival brings back to life a game called...

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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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