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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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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 ...

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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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Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival in Hokkaido

Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival in Hokkaido

Chitose Shikotsu Hyoto Matsuri or Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival, Chitose, Hokkaido. Many ice sculptures exhibited on the shore are lit up from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily during the festival period. A fireworks display is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to around 6:45 p.m. ...

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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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Yokohama Chinese Spring Festival 2015

Yokohama Chinese Spring Festival 2015

Every year visitors are drawn to Yokohama Chinatown’s Chinese Spring Festival, and since it features plenty of firecrackers, Chinese cymbals and drums it’s not hard to track down the action. Attendees who manage to squeeze through the crowds can expect performances at the New ...

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Nagasaki Lantern Festival 2015

Nagasaki Lantern Festival 2015

Nagasaki is one of Japan’s most multicultural city, thanks to its long history of foreign trade dating back to 1543. In addition to various goods, traditions have also been imported to Nagasaki, especially from China. The most famous winter-time event held by the local ...

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Gion Corner Winter Tokubetsu Koen

Gion Corner Winter Tokubetsu Koen, or the Winter Special Performance at Gion Corner in Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, is a demonstration of several kinds of traditional Japanese entertainments and arts. The event is staged twice a day from 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., every Friday, Saturday, ...

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Japanese Apricot Festival in Atami

Atami Baien Ume Matsuri, Japanese Apricot Festival at Atami Baien (Japanese apricot garden), Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture. There are about 470 Japanese apricot trees of 60 species in the garden and they begin to bloom usually from the middle of January. Various entertainments are scheduled ...

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Tomin Festival 2015

Tomin Festival 2015

Every week, there’s someone performing somewhere on a stage in Tokyo. Prices, however, aren’t cheap, which is why the Tomin Festival 2015 is a jackpot for lovers of the performing arts who are on a budget. Over two months, 36 performances will be held ...

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