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Tokyo: Ozumou Gogatsu Basho

Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan. Dohyo-iri (the ring-entering ceremonies) by yokozuna (the grand champions) take place around 3:55 p.m. daily. Then the main matches by maku-uchi (upper-rank sumo wrestlers) start. Advance tickets are sold at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Ticket Pia, convenience stores and so ...

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Tokyo: Yushima Tenjin Sai

Tokyo: Yushima Tenjin Sai

Annual Festival of the shrine. mikoshi parade through the neighborhood, and kagura (Shinto dance with music) is performed several times a day. The festival is rather small in scale this year. Schedule & Key events: ● May 23 & 24 Daytime Parade of mikoshi ...

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Tokyo: Hanazono-jinja Reitaisai

Annual festival of the shrine. A procession of eight mikoshi owned by towns parade through the neighborhood. The festival is rather small in scale this year. Schedule & Key events: ● May 24 from 11:30 a.m.: Parade of mikoshi Location: Hanazono-jinja Shrine and others, ...

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Tokyo: Shobo Junshokusha Irei-sai

Memorial service for fire fighters who died on duty, conducted by members of the Edo Shobo Kinen-kai in the compound of the temple. If it rains, the demonstration of acrobatics on the ladder will be canceled. Schedule & Key events: 11 a.m. – Ceremony ...

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Zenkoji Gokaicho

Once in seven years, Zenkoji Temple’s maedachi honzon – the standing Amida statue is welcomed to the main hall. The statue was made in Kamakura Period (1192-1333) as a replica of the temple’s hidden principal image and has been designated as an Important Cultural ...

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Akita: Tohoku Rokkon Matsuri

Special event, held with the intention of encouraging Tohoku District’s people to cheer up, because the Tohoku District suffered extensive damage from the earthquake and tsunami on the March 11, 2011. Six major festivals from each of six prefectures in Tohoku District will participate ...

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Great Japan Beer Festival

Great Japan Beer Festival

Kanpai! Japan’s largest beer festival will once again be held in Tokyo this June. Hosted by the Japan Craft Beer Association (JCBA), this weekend-long festival offers attendees the chance to sample some of the best “liquid bread” on the Japanese Market and hear from ...

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Ibaraki: Suigo Itako Ayame Matsuri

Ayame (iris) Flower Festival. A million iris flowers of 500 species are in bloom in the garden. Admission is free. Yomeiri-fune (a boat escorting a bride) is held every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday during the festival period. Schedule & Key events: ● daily 6:30 ...

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Gifu: Nagaragawa Ukai

Gifu: Nagaragawa Ukai

Cormorant fishing. It will be held every day during the period except on the night of the full moon (Sept. 28 this year) or when the water is excessively muddy. Fee is ¥3,100 (weekdays) or ¥3,400 (Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays), without meal. For ...

Notice: Event and location information is subject to change.