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Hadaka-mairi in Morioka

Hadaka-mairi in Morioka

Hadaka-mairi, shrine homage paid by partly attired youths, Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, is scheduled at (1) Kyojoji Temple from around 5:30 on Jan. 14; (2) Morioka Hachimangu Shrine from around 4:30 p.m. on the 15th, and (3) Sakurayama Shrine from around 4:30 p.m. on the ...

WED

Daruma Ichi Dharma Fair at Takahata Fudoson

Daruma Ichi, a fair of dharma dolls at Takahata Fudoson Temple, Hino, on the outskirts of Tokyo. About 100 stalls are set up from around 7:30 a.m. to sunset, selling daruma (dharma dolls) which attract many people seeking good luck in the year ahead. ...

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Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2015

Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2015

Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2015, one of the largest quilt festivals in the world, will have about 2.8 million in stitches this year with numerous quilts, designs and styles on display. One of the festival’s attractions involves the top three quilters from Japan ...

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Zen Meditation and Tour

Zen Meditation and Tour

Beautiful temples are definitely Kyoto’s main draw, but if you are looking for an even deeper cultural experience, then why not try Zen meditation within one of those temples? Shunko-in Temple offers daily meditation classes designed specifically for English-speaking foreigners. The Buddhist preaching and ...

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Nakijin Gusuku Cherry Blossom Festival

Nakijin Gusuku Cherry Blossom Festival

While many of us are adjusting to the cold and just starting to work on our New Year’s resolutions, residents of and visitors to Okinawa are already about to celebrate the return of spring. The Nakijin Gusuku Cherry Blossom Festival, held from Jan. 17 ...

TUE

Setsubun at Sensoji Temple

Setsubun — the eve of spring — is traditionally considered the true start of the New Year in Japan, an opportunity to banish demons and wish for good luck for the next 12 months. In Tokyo, some 100,000 people will flock to Asakusa’s district ...

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Nippon Craftbeer Festival

If you enjoy learning about beer, talking about beer or simply drinking beer, you will be among friends at the 10th Nippon Craftbeer Festival. The event will feature 20 brewing companies from all over Japan and will have around 60 different types of beer ...

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Iwate Snow Festival

Iwate Yuki Matsuri, Snow Festival of Koiwai Bokujo Ranch, Shizukuishi-cho, Iwate-gun, Iwate Prefecture. The festival is highlighted by ice sculptures, snow carvings and many kamakura (huts made of snow) illuminated from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and a fireworks display is scheduled from 7:30 ...

SUN

Wonder Festival Winter Edition

If you missed the summer edition of Wonder Festival, here is the chance to catch up on what’s on in the anime figure world at winter edition. With more than 50,000 people attending last summer, the festival will be once again be displaying various ...

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Sapporo Snow Festival

Sapporo Snow Festival

Sapporo Snow Festival, with its colossal and detailed snow creations, attracts around 2 million visitors every year. It started in 1950 when local high school students made several snow statues in the city’s Odori Park and it soon became an annual event. The three ...

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'Sazae-san' 45th Anniversary Exhibition

To commemorate the 45th anniversary of the widely popular “Sazae-san” anime series, Fuji Television Network is holding an exhibition devoted to the TV show that has been entertaining Japan for more than four decades. Based on a newspaper comic series, the “Sazae-san” anime series ...

SAT

Tokyo Marathon Friendship Run 2015

Applications are now being accepted for the Tokyo Marathon Friendship Run 2015, scheduled for Feb. 21. The 5K running event will take place one day before the 2015 Tokyo Marathon and aims to provide hospitality and promote exchanges with runners from overseas. This year, ...

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Zao Juhyo Light-up

Zao Juhyo Light-up

Zao Juhyo Light-up at Zao Onsen Ski Ground in the Yamagata Prefecture features the lighting up of juhyo, or trees covered with frost (also known as “ice monsters”), along the Zao Ropeway Sancho Line and around Jizo Sancho Station from 5 p.m. to 9 ...

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Daitoku-ji Temple Festival

Daitoku-ji Temple Festival

If you have watched election broadcasts in Japan, you may have noticed that politicians will draw in the second eye on a round doll, which is called a daruma, when celebrating a victory. This Japanese custom marks the fulfillment of a wish. The first ...

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Shinmei Market Festival

Shinmei Market Festival

This festival goes back almost 700 years and was started by nine local community associations to celebrate the Ise Grand Shrine in Mie Prefecture. Held every year on the second weekend of February, it is now one of the major festivals held in west ...

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Matsue Food Festival

Matsue Food Festival

In a celebration of local foods, the city of Matsue in Shimane Prefecture is collaborating for a month-long festival in February. Visitors can receive special discount coupons to various places around the city where they can enjoy regional dishes, including crabs, Japanese sweets, sake ...

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