Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri Festival
The Wakamiya Onmatsuri is a time to pray for health and a rich harvest. It's origins date back to when...
Akiha Fire Festival
There are roughly 400 shrines throughout Japan that contain the name Akiha. The main Akihasan Hongu Akiha Shrine is the...
Dongi is held as a part of a fire prevention ritual. After the prayers and sutra recitation finish, the highlight...
Japanese have considered the day of the winter solstice, when the sun shines for the shortest time of the year...
Tentyousai narabi Shimekake-shinji “Owarai Shinji”
天長祭 並 注連縄掛神事「お笑い神事」
This rare sacred ritual of approximately 3,000 people laughing together continuously for 20 min, is based on a tale found...
The Geta Matsuri is a ritual held on an island 14k off the coast of Honshu. Just before dawn of...
Nanakusa Hitaki Matsuri
By burning the good-luck charms you have used the past year in a holy flame and bathing in the heat...
During the New Year holiday in Japan, there is a custom of decorating one's front door way with a pine...
Maebashi Hatsu-ichi Matsuri
The Hatsuichi Matsuri of Maebashi City is a nostalgic tradition that has been continued since the early 1600's. Over 60...
Toka Ebisu / Kaimon Shinji Fukuotoko Erabi
Ebisu-sama is the Japanese deity that brings good fortune. Revered for ages by fisherman and merchants, shrines worshipping this god...
Hadaka Mairi Pilgrimage
The average temperature of Morioka in January is -2℃. In the midst of a cold snow, local men form a...
Groom Throwing Ink Painting Festival
Held at Yakushido on the far end of a hot spring street of snowy Niigata Prefecture, this unique festival celebrates...
Kawarayu Onsen Yukake Matsuri
The hot spring at Kawarayu Onsen—a hot spring said to have been discovered in 1193 by Minamoto no Yoritomo (a...
Sounkyo Onsen Hyoubaku Matsuri ~Sounkyo Hot Springs Ice Fall Festival~
The Sounkyo Hot Spring Ice Fall Festival is a Hokkaido ice festival on a massive scale. The venue covers 10,00...
Yamayaki is an event that sets fire to Mount Wakakusa. The flame engulfs the entire mountain, and then rises up...
Nago SAKURA Matsuri
Spring season in Okinawa arrives early in comparison to the Honshu (main island) of Japan where cherry blossoms usually bloom...
Honjoji Ogre Dance and Bean Throwing Ceremony
The Honjoji Ogre Dance is held on Setsubun (the day before the beginning of Spring according to the ancient 2...
Setsubunsai at Shizuoka Sengen Shrine
The day before the beginning of Spring is known as Setsubun. Importance is placed on this day because it is...
Nagasaki Lantern Festival
The festival, started by the residents of Nagasaki Shinchi‘s Chinatown, was originally a celebration for the Chinese new year that...
Namahage Sedo Matsuri
Celebrated at the Shinzan Shrine in Kitaura, Oga city, this winter attraction is a combination of Saitousai, a sacred ritual...