Urayasu Sanja Festival
The Urayasu Sanja Reitaisai is a regular joint festival of three shrines in Urayasu City, Seiryu, Toyouke, and Inari Shrine...
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...
Japanese have considered the day of the winter solstice, when the sun shines for the shortest time of the year...
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...
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...
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...
Sentaikoujin, the deity enshrined in the Kaiun-ji Temple in Shinagawa, Tokyo, is known by locals as the god of the...
【UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage】Takayama City, residing in the Hida region in northern Gifu Prefecture, is often referred to as Hidatakayama...
The Sanja Matsuri
The Sanja Matsuri is an annual festival of Asakusa Shrine, located in Taito ward of Tokyo. It is said to...
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...
Sennichi-Mairi Houzuki Ennichi
This festival is the origin of the many Houzuki (Japanese lantern plant) markets that have spread to many areas of...
Sawarano Taisai Natsu Matsuri ~ Grand Festival of Sawara ~
【UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage】The Grand Festival of Sawara is "Little Edo" (Sawara's nickname from the old days)'s most celebrated event...
Ama town, Oki District
Ama-cho, where the lifestyle of days gone still remains strong, boasts rich nature and is listed as "one of the...
Akasaka Hikawa Shrine Annual Grand Festival
The Akasaka Hikawa Shrine, host of this festival, is one of the Tokyo Jusha (10 selected shrines out of the...
Syusseno Ishidan Matsuri
Shusseno Ishidan Matsuri is a biyearly festival held at the Atago Shrine. The sight of mikoshi running up and down...
Sawarano Taisai Aki Matsuri ~ Grand festival of Sawara ~
【UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage】Held in a town with remaining atmospheres of the Edo period, the Grand Festival of Sawara is...
The Oeshiki is a Buddhist ritual held on the anniversary of the death of Nichiren, the founder the Nichiren sect...
Asakusa Tori-no-ichi (Ichi 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...