Traditional sweets from all over Japan come together at the Heian Shrine. Kenkasai is a festival held in order to...
Asakusa Tori-no-ichi (San no Tori)
Tori-no-ichi is a market held at Otori Shrine in Asakusa, Tokyo. The “Ichiban-taiko” drums struck at midnight signaling the beginning of...
Chichibu Night Festival
【UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage】The highlights of the Chichibu Yomatsuri are the floats and the fireworks. The six floats, representing each...
According to a local legend, the Oyamazumi Shrine used to be called "Yama no Kami", or Deity of the Mountains...
Koga Chochin Saomomi Matsuri
The bamboo poles at this festival reach 20 meters high. On the end, hang chochin lanterns, that are meant for...
The Waraikou is a ritual that has continued since 1199 amongst the local farmers of Hofu City as a way...
Tashiro no Furyu
"Tashiro-no Furyu" is a traditional event that takes place in Tashiro, Kurogi-machi in Yame City, located in the southern parts...
One hundred dishes of Shinsen (Sake and food offered to the deities) comprised of ingredients from the sea, river, mountains...
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...
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...