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Tokyo: Setagaya Boro Ichi

Rag Fair featuring more than 700 open-air stalls selling foods, clothes, potted plants, antiques and the like. Schedule & Key events: ● daily 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Open-air stalls are set up Location: Boro Ichi-dori Street, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo Access: (1) JR Yamanote Line to Shibuya Sta. ...

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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 & Miyabito-no-mai dance. Schedule & Key events: 5 p.m.- Location: Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine, Kamakura, Kanagawa Access: JR Yokosuka Line ...

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Kasuga Wakamiya Onmatsuri

Kasuga Wakamiya Onmatsuri

The Kasuga Wakamiya Onmatsuri is an annual festival held by Wakamiya Shrine in Nara Prefecture, and is one of many events featuring Shinto rituals that pray for good harvests. The tradition, which began in 1136 in the hope that downpours or other disasters wouldn't affect ...

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Nara: Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri

Festival designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. It features Owatari, a long procession of priests, warriors clad in armor, people in costumes of local traditional arts and of the Heian period (12th century) and the like. Many more events ...

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Tokyo: Hagoita Ichi (Toshi-no Ichi)

Shuttlecock and battledore fair in the compound of the temple. Hagoita is a wooden racket (originally used in Hanetsuki, the traditional badminton-like game), and is often decorated with the figures of popular Kabuki actors and is made of elaborate silk collages. It is usually ...

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Tokyo: Osame-no Daishi

Year-end Fair at the temple. Open-air stalls selling Kumade (ornamental bamboo rakes adorned with symbols of good luck for the New Year) are set up in the compound of the temple. Schedule & Key events: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Location: Nishiarai Daishi Temple, Adachi-ku, Tokyo Access: Tobu Daishi Line ...

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Kanagawa: Osame-no Daishi

Year-end Fair at the temple. This is one of the biggest of this kind in Tokyo and vicinity. Schedule & Key events: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Otakiage is held in the compound of the temple Location: Kawasaki Daishi Temple, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Access: Keikyu Daishi Line to ...

SAT

Kyoto: Shimai Kobo

Year-end Fair at the temple. The fair is held on the 21st every month, but the last fair of the year draws especially large crowds. Open-air stalls selling used Kimono, potted plants, used books, New Year's decorations and the like are set up. Schedule & ...

TUE

Tokyo: Osame-no Jizo

Year-end Fair at the temple. Schedule & Key events: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Location: Togenuki Jizoson (Kogan-ji Temple), Toshima-ku, Tokyo Access: JR Yamanote Line or Toei Mita Subway Line to Sugamo St. (I15), and then walk 5 min. Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of ...

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Kyoto: Shimai Tenjin

Year-end Fair at the shrine, featuring open-air stalls selling New Year's decorations and plum berries which have ripened in this shrine. The fair is as large in scale as the one at To-ji Temple on Dec. 21. Schedule & Key events: from dawn to dark Location: Kitano ...

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Tokyo: Toshi-no Ichi (O-Deko Ichi)

Year-end Fair around the temple, featuring around 100 open-air stalls selling New Year's decorations, clothes, shoes, bags and convinience goods. Schedule & Key events: daily 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: Yagenbori Fudoson Temple, Chuo-ku, Tokyo Access: Toei Asakusa Subway Line to Higashi-Nihombashi Sta.(A15) (Exit B3, B4), and then walk ...

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Tokyo: Osame-no Fudo

Year-end Fair at the temple. Open-air stalls are set up along the main street to the temple. Schedule & Key events: daytime Open -air stalls are set up 9 a.m.-, 11 a.m.-, 1 p.m.-, 3 p.m.-, from 5 p.m.: & from 7 p.m.: ...

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Chiba: Osame Fudo

Year-end Fair at the temple. Open-air stalls are set up along the main street to the temple. Schedule & Key events: from 10:30 a.m.: Otakiage is held in the compound of the temple Location: Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple and ...

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Tokyo: Misoka Ichi

Year-end Fair in the shrine precincts, featuring open-air stalls selling New Year's decorations. Schedule & Key events: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Location: Okunitama-jinja Shrine, Fuchu, Tokyo Access: (1) Keio Line to Fuchu Sta.(South Exit), and then walk 5 min. (2) JR Nambu or Musashino Line to Fuchu-Hommachi Sta., and ...

TUE

Kanagawa: Yokohama Chukagai "Count Down"

Year-end count down event at Yamashitacho Park in Chinatown. Shishimai (lion dance) performance is followed after count down. Schedule & Key events: from -noon: Shishimai dance Location: Yamashitacho Park in China Town, Yokohama, Kanagawa Access: (1) Tokyu Toyoko Line or Yokohama Minatomirai Line to Motomachi-Chukagai ...

TUE

Akita: Namahage

Namahage (folklore demons that pay frightening visits to children of local houses) is designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. Local groups of Namahage-masked men, disguised as devils, visit private houses in the villages in the evening, grumbling "Any good-for-nothing ...

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