Onda Matsuri “Sunakake Matsuri”
The Sunakake Matsuri is an ancient festival that began approximately 1,300 years ago during the reign of Emperor Temmu, initially...
During Saidaiji Eyo—also dubbed the "Hadaka Matsuri (naked festival)"—countless men in Mawashi (loincloth worn by sumo wrestlers) scramble for a...
The Hachinohe Enburi is a roughly 800 year long traditional folk celebration. Dancers known as "Tayu" perform motions involved in...
The Hina Matsuri is a festival held all over Japan that celebrates the growth of young girls. It is most...
Katsuyama Sagicho Matsuri
The Katsuyama Sagicho Festival is a festival marking the coming of Spring to Katsuyama in the Okuechizen area of Northeastern...
Warabi Hadaka Matsuri
Warabi Hadaka Matsuri (Warabi Naked Festival), also dubbed the "Doronko Matsuri" (muddy festival) is a bizarre festival held in Yotsukaido...
Daruma Doll Fair at Ganzandaishi
The Jindai-ji Temple in Tokyo has an ancient and honorable origin. In March, people flock from the greater Tokyo area...
March 3rd is the national holiday known as Hiina Matsuri, where prayers are made for the healthy growth and happiness...
Yamada no Harumatsuri
The Yamada no Harumatsuri (Yamada’s spring festival)—the grand annual festival held at Tsunemochi Shrine—is famous for being the first festival...
Honen Matsuri at Tagata Shrine
The main eye catcher of this festival—quite possibly one of the rarest festivals out there—is the wooden male phallus known...
Sominsai at Hayachine Shrine
In Iwate Prefecture, there are a number of festivals with the name Sominsai. The festival originates from an old legend...
Hitachi Furyumono（Kamine Shrine daisairei）
The Hitachi Furyumono is not the name of the festival, but the name of the giant floats containing several different...
Kakunodate Matsuri no Yamagyouji
【UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage】The Kakunodate Matsuri started in the 1600's. A rare festival of Japan, it is co-held by both...
The Oeshiki is a Buddhist ritual held on the anniversary of the death of Nichiren, the founder the Nichiren sect...
Kitsune no Yomatsuri
This Festival started in 1989 and is based on the folktale of Fujigoro Kitsune, the story of a fox handed...
Niihama Taiko Festival
The Niihama Taiko Festival is an autumn festival held in celebration of good harvest. It is a sacred ritual and...