23 Dec

Tentyousai narabi Shimekake-shinji “Owarai Shinji”

Higashi-osaka City, Osaka Pref.

Over 100 Years Over 100 Years Afternoon Afternoon Join Join Kansai Kansai

This rare sacred ritual of approximately 3,000 people laughing together continuously for 20 min, is based on a tale found in Japanese mythology. "Enraged by her younger brother's mischief, the sun goddess (Amaterasu) locked herself in a cave behind stone doors, and the world became engulfed in darkness. In trying...

15 Dec
18 Dec

Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri Festival

Nara City, Nara Pref.

Over 400 Years Over 400 Years Afternoon Afternoon See See Kansai Kansai

The Wakamiya Onmatsuri is a time to pray for health and a rich harvest. It's origins date back to when the Wakamiya Shrine first welcomed it's deity of the same name to the local lands of Kasuga and the festival has been held every single year without fail since 1136...

15 Dec
16 Dec

Akiha Fire Festival

Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Pref.

Over 1000 Years Over 1000 Years Night Night See See Chubu Chubu

There are roughly 400 shrines throughout Japan that contain the name Akiha.  The main Akihasan Hongu Akiha Shrine is the stage for this festival. Since the deity of this shrine is the famous protector against fire, companies in the fire-prevention and energy industries come from all over the country to...

10 Dec
16 Dec


Saitama City, Saitama Pref.

Over 100 Years Over 100 Years All Day All Day Join Join Kanto Kanto

One hundred dishes of Shinsen (Sake and food offered to the deities) comprised of ingredients from the sea, river, mountains and fields, known as Hyakumi-zen are offered during the Daitosai festival held at Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine for over 300 years. 
Visitors are able to receive special good-luck charms such...

7 Jan

Nanakusa Hitaki Matsuri

Minato City, Tokyo Pref.

Afternoon Afternoon See See Tokyo 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...