Asakusa Tori-no-ichi (Ni 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...
Traditional sweets from all over Japan come together at the Heian Shrine. Kenkasai is a festival held in order to...
Chichibu Night Festival
【UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage】The highlights of the Chichibu Yomatsuri are the floats and the fireworks. The six floats, representing each...
One hundred dishes of Shinsen (Sake and food offered to the deities) comprised of ingredients from the sea, river, mountains...
Akiha Fire Festival
There are roughly 400 shrines throughout Japan that contain the name Akiha. The main Akihasan Hongu Akiha Shrine is the...
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...
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...