SAT

Yuzawa Onsen Yuki Matsuri

Yuzawa Onsen Yuki Matsuri, a Snow Festival at Nunoba Skiing Ground, takes place in Echigo-Yuzawa Onsen in Niigata Prefecture. The festival features a parade of approximately 100 skiers with torchlights and a fireworks display from 8:40 p.m. to 9 p.m. Other events, including a ...

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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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Yushima Tenjin Ume Matsuri

Yushima Tenjin Ume Matsuri

Yushima Tenjin Ume Matsuri, Japanese Apricot Blossom Festival at Yushima Tenjin Shrine, Bunkyo-ku. Nodate (an open-air tea ceremony) is held from 11 a.m. on Feb. 15, 22, Mar. 1 and 8. A tea ticket is ¥500. Taiko (Japanese drumming) and other entertainments are scheduled ...

SUN

Hodare Festival 2015

Springtime means birds, bees and . . . the business that birds and bees do. Yes, it’s time for Japan’s infamous phallic festivals, which include the Hodare Festival in March. The festival’s centerpiece is a 2-meter-long wooden phallus that weighs 600 kg, making it ...

SUN

Hi-watari-Sai

Hi-watari-Sai, which showcases the rigorous religious practice of walking on burnt charcoals, takes place at Takaosan Yakuoin Temple in Hachioji, an outskirt of Tokyo. Following the lighting ceremony (around 1 p.m.), yamabushi (mountain priests) will walk barefoot on burning embers in an effort to ...

TUE

Hote Matsuri Festival

Hote Matsuri Festival is held at Shiogama Shrine in Shiogama (Miyagi Prefecture). The festival celebrates fire prevention and has a 300-year-old history. Sixteen young men will carry a gigantic mikoshi (portable shrine, weighing 1 ton) in a parade accompanied by approximately 500 adults and ...

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The Mode and the Cinema

To celebrate the Japan release of the 2014 feature film “Dior and I,” Bunkamura Le Cinéma is presenting a collection of très chic films that showcase world-renowned fashion brands of their time. In each movie, innovations in style, ranging from street to haute couture, ...

SAT

Shuni-e Sacred Water-drawing Festival

Shuni-e or Omizu-tori, a Sacred Water-drawing Festival, takes place at Nigatsu-do, Todaiji Temple in Nara. Omizu-tori is a ritual in which monks draw water from the wakasa-i (well) to dedicate to Buddha. It is held in the flickering light of pine torches at 2 ...

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Sagicho Matsuri Festival

Sagicho Matsuri Festival

Sagicho Matsuri Festival, at Himure Hachiman-gu Shrine, Omi-Hachiman, Shiga Prefecture. 13 sagicho, floats beautifully decorated with foods and grains, are carried through the city by men wearing women’s dresses and makeup from 2 p.m. to around 5:30 p.m. on March 14th. On the March ...

TUE

Fujimori no Ta-asobi

Fujimori no Ta-asobi takes place at Oi Hachimangu Shrine in Yaizu (Shizuoka Prefecture). This festival is to pray for the bumper crop of the year and is designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. Parishioners perform 25 different kagura (Shinto ...

WED
Kinryu-no-mai

Kinryu-no-mai

Kinryu-no-mai is a Golden Dragon Dance held at Sensoji Temple in Taito-ku. The dance is a prayer for a rich harvest, and is performed three times (at 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.) on the temple grounds. Access: The Ginza or Toei Asakusa ...

SAT
Hifuri-shinji at Aso Shrine

Hifuri-shinji at Aso Shrine

Hifuri-shinji of Aso Shrine, in Aso National Park, Kumamoto Prefecture. Hifuri-shinji (Shinto ritual) in which parishioners brandish flaming torches to pray for a good harvest of this year, takes place in the precincts of Aso Shrine from around 6 p.m. to around 8 p.m. ...

WED

Shinkisai

Shinkisai or Taimatsu Matsuri, is a Torchlight Festival at Kameido Tenjin (Tenmangu) Shrine in Koto-ku, It features a torchlight parade of about 200 children and adults, and takes place from around 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. If it rains, the parade will be canceled, ...

FRI

Yudate-no-Shishi-mai

Yudate-no-Shishimai is a Lion Dance at the Suwa Shrine in Hakone-machi Ashigara-Shimo-gun (Kanagawa Prefecture), taking place from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. One of shishimai’s lion dances, kama-meguri-no-mai is distinguished by its custom of splashing hot water with bamboo leaves over visitors. It is ...

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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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