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...
Toyohashi Oni Matsuri
Akumi-Kambe Shinmeisha Shrine's annual festival "Toyohashi Oni Matsuri" is a bizarre festival held annually on the 10th and 11th of...
Itabashi no Ta-asobi
The Ta-asobi (rice field play), fascinatingly, is a "celebration in advance." Locals celebrate both the year's rich harvest as well...
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...
Echigo Yuzawa Onsen Snow Festival
The Echigo Yuzawa Onsen Snow Festival is held on a local ski slope just as the ski season is coming...
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...
Shiogama Shrine Hote Matsuri
In March, before the approaching Spring, at the port city home to Shiogama Shrine, the Hote Matsuri is solemnly held...
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...
Dan-dan Long Hinamatsuri
March 3rd is Hinamatsuri. One of the year's major holidays where people pray for the health and well-being of their...