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Fall Evening Illumination at Rikugien Gardens

Fall Evening Illumination at Rikugien Gardens

Long before the conception of haiku, a short 17-syllable poem born in Japan and spread across the West, poets in Japan were writing waka poetry. These short poems contain 31 syllables, and are something like love letters inspired by nature. Understated in their beauty ...

WED

Dialogue with Family of Former U.S. Prisoners of War in Japan 2016

Earlier this year President Obama made history when he became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima. Jan Thompson, president of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Memorial Society said to the Japan Times “I think it’s powerful because the victims must ...

THU

Kyoto: Hari-kuyo

Solemn rite of respect and thanksgiving for broken needles and pins. During the ritual, Orihime-no-mai dance by four ladies dressed like Orihime (Vega) is performed to the tune of gagaku (court music) for about 10 min. Schedule & Key events: 1-2 p.m. Location: Horin-ji ...

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Tokyo: Seki-no Boro Ichi

Rag Fair at the temple and its neighboring area. It originated from an agricultural fair, but now the stalls sell clothes, food, toys and plants. The highlight of this fair is manto gyoretsu (a procession of people, some holding lanterns and others sounding bells ...

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Gifu: Ikenoue Misogi Matsuri

Naked Festival at the shrine. Misogi is conducted by over 100 youths clad in loincloths, diving into Nagara River to purify and exorcise themselves. Schedule & Key events: from 1:30 p.m.: Ritual pray from 3 p.m.: Misogi festival Location: Katsuragake-jinja Shrine, Gifu Access: JR ...

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Kyoto: Narutaki-no-Daiko Daki

Japanese radishes are cooked in a big pan and served to the visitors at the temple. Admission is ¥1,000. This festival has its origin in a historical fact: Villagers served boiled radishes to Shinran, the founder of the Jodo Shinshu sect of Pure Land ...

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Miyazaki: Takaharu-no-Kanme

Sacred Shinto Dance, the generic name of Sano Kagura and Haraigawa Kagura, each with over a 400-year tradition, designated as the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property. Schedule & Key events: ● Dec. 3 7 p.m.-7 a.m. Sano Kagura in front of the second ...

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Tokyo: Heiwajima Kotto Matsuri

Antique Fair where more than 300 dealers participate in. Admission is free. Please enter an hour before the closing time on Dec. 11. Schedule & Key events: ● Dec. 9 & 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ● Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: Tokyo Ryutsu ...

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Tokyo: Zen-Nippon Karate-do Senshu-ken Taikai

All-Japan Karate Championship at Tokyo Budokan for a team competition and at Nippon Budokan for an individual competition. Admission is ¥2,000, effective for two days in both sites. Schedule & Key events: ● Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Competition at Tokyo Budokan ● Dec. 11, ...

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Saitama: Teppo Matsuri

Gun Festival at the shrine. The highlight of this festival is Otachi Shinji in which two sacred horses gallop up the steps to the shrine, amid a volley of rifle shots into the air. Schedule & Key events: ● Dec. 10 from 2:30 p.m.: ...

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Hyogo: Kobe Luminarie

Hyogo: Kobe Luminarie

Event featuring grand electric decoration which started in 1995, to console the spirit of the victims of Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. The electric decoration is illuminated along the street about 300 meters long. Hours will be subject to change due to overcrowding. Schedule & Key events: ...

WED

Tokyo: Gishi-sai

Memorial event for the “Vendetta of the 47 Ronin (masterless Samurai)” which took place in 1702, to commemorate their loyalty to their master. This festival features gishi-gyoretsu (a procession of 47 people dressed as ronin). Schedule & Key events: noon-1:35 p.m. Gishi-gyoretsu from Chuo ...

WED

Hyogo: Ako Gishi-sai

Memorial celebrations popularly known as the “Vendetta of the 47 Ronin, or masterless Samurai,” featuring a parade of “47 Ronin” accompanied by feudal lords, following a drum and fife band, folk dancers and floats. Schedule & Key events: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Parade from Otemon ...

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Tokyo: Setagaya Boro Ichi

Rag fair featuring many open-air stalls selling foods, clothes, potted plants, antiques and the like. Schedule & Key events: ● daily 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Location: Boro Ichi-dori Street, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo Access: (1) JR Yamanote Line to Shibuya Station (West Exit). From there, take Tokyu bus ...

FRI

Kanagawa: Nincho-no-mai (Miyabito-no-mai)

Ancient Court Dances at the shrine. A Shinto priest clad in a white robe and four shrine maidens in juni-hitoe, 12-layer ceremonial garments of court ladies, perform Nincho-no-mai dance and Miyabito-no-mai dance. Schedule & Key events: 5 p.m.- Location: Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine, Kamakura, Kanagawa Access: ...

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Xmas Art Festa 2016

Xmas Art Festa 2016

There are all kinds of ways to have fun in Tokyo’s posh Ginza district. From Dec. 9, though, 23 art galleries in Chuo Ward will give Tokyoites something new to do with this year’s Xmas Art Festa. Their collections range from pieces by famous ...

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