March 3rd is the national holiday known as Hiina Matsuri, where prayers are made for the healthy growth and happiness...
【UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage】Takayama City, residing in the Hida region in northern Gifu Prefecture, is often referred to as Hidatakayama...
Aoi Matsuri Festival
The Aoi Matsuri festival is an annual celebration of Shimogamo and Kamigamo shrines, and is known as one of Kyoto's...
Kiso Shikki-sai/Narai Shukuba-sai
Kiso-hirasawa in Shiojiri City, Nagano Prefecture, is a famous town for lacquer ware. Naraijuku, located about 2 km away, is...
【UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage】Gion Matsuri is an annual festival of the Yasaka Shrine located in Higashiyama of Kyoto, and is...
Yamaguchi Gion Festival
When it first began, Ouchi Hiroyo, the man in charge of Yamaguchi, was modeling the city after Kyoto, and when...
Aizu Tajima Gionsai
The sound of Shangiri—the festive chanting of Tajima Gion Zōshi—echoes though the air. This is the annual celebration of Tajima’s...
Edosaki Gion Matsuri
This festival is a tradition particular to this region that has continued for over 400 years. Eight floats circle the...
Hassaku Festival at Matsuno'o Taisha Shrine
The "Hassaku" in Hassakusai refers to the new moon in August. This festival was started over 130 years ago just...
The Master of Yin and Yang, Abe no Seimei (920-1005) was active in the mid Heian Era. As an astronomer...
Jidai Matsuri Festival
The Jidai Matsuri Festival is widely known as one of the 3 major festivals of Kyoto, along with Aoi Matsuri...
Traditional sweets from all over Japan come together at the Heian Shrine. Kenkasai is a festival held in order to...
Uzumasa's Ox Festival
Tsutsukawa Festival at Ueyama Shrine
Ten Night and Day Remembrence Ceremony at Shinnyo-do
Kabocha Kuyo (pumpkin memorial service)