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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 ...

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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-1:45 p.m. Gishi-Gyoretsu from Chuo City ...

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Gishi Festival remembers ronin across the nation

Gishi Festival remembers ronin across the nation

The historical tale "Chushingura" tells of the 47 ronin of the Ako domain in western Japan. According to the story, the warriors made a reprisal raid on court official Kira Yoshinaka in Edo (modern-day Tokyo) after their lord was forced to commit hara-kiri. While the ...

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Toyama Shimotsuki Matsuri

Toyama Shimotsuki Matsuri

Although the origins of the festival are unclear, the mountainous regions of Kamimura and Minamishinano in Iida, Nagano Prefecture, have preserved the Toyama Shimotsuki Festival for hundreds of years. This festival, which celebrates the winter solstice and features a unique combination of both Buddhist and ...

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Shizuoka: Atami Kaijo Hanabi Taikai

Fireworks Display with about 3,000 fireworks. Schedule & Key events: ● Dec. 9 & 16 8:20 p.m.-8:45 p.m. Location: Atami Bay, Atami, Shizuoka Access: JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line to Atami Sta., and then walk 15min. Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the ...

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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: ● Monday ...

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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.-8 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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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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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 & ...

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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 ...

SUN

Tokyo: Tenno Tanjyo-bi (Kokyo Ippan Sanga)

Emperor's Birthday (National Holiday). The public is permitted to enter the Imperial Palace grounds which are usually closed, via Nijubashi Bridge, to offer their congratulations to the Emperor and His Family annually. The Imperial Family will appear on the balcony to acknowledge the crowd. ...

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Tokyo: Osame-no Jizo

Year-end Fair at the temple. Schedule & Key events: 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Location: Togenuki Jizoson (Kogan-ji Temple), Toshima-ku, Tokyo Access: JR Yamanote Line or Toei Mita Subway Line to Sugamo Sta. (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 ...

Notice: Event and location information is subject to change.