Suwa Taisha Shikinen Zouei Onbashira Taisai
Suwa City,Chino City
Four giant tree pillars are erected in the four corners of Suwa Taisha Shrine. These special wood monuments are known...
Sengu Ceremony & Hotaka Doll Display at Hotaka Shrine
Every twenty years at Hotaka Shrine, they completely rebuild the main Hall and hold a grand reinstallation ceremony of the...
Urayasu Sanja Festival
The Urayasu Sanja Reitaisai is a regular joint festival of three shrines in Urayasu City, Seiryu, Toyouke, and Inari Shrine...
Shibukawa Dashi Matsuri
Shibukawa Dashi Matsuri is said to have started as a Gion festival in the late Edo period. Later, the festival...
Shinano-no-kuni Ninomiya Ono Onbashira Sai
"Onbashira" is the name of the four massive logs that are stood up in each corner of the local shrines...
November 8th is "knives' day." It is a day to reevaluate the importance of knives that are essential to our...
Since the old days, Japanese people have often regarded mysterious phenomena and occurrences in life as work of the “Yokai”...
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...
Koga Chochin Saomomi Matsuri
The bamboo poles at this festival reach 20 meters high. On the end, hang chochin lanterns, that are meant for...
According to a local legend, the Oyamazumi Shrine used to be called "Yama no Kami", or Deity of the Mountains...
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...
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...
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...
Hadaka Mairi Pilgrimage
The average temperature of Morioka in January is -2℃. In the midst of a cold snow, local men form a...
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...