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Lunar New Year celebrations across Japan

Lunar New Year celebrations across Japan

Feb. 16 marks the start of the Lunar New Year in China, and several communities in Japan are ready to celebrate too. Also known as Chunjie, the holiday will be marked in Yokohama Chinatown with an array of dragon and lion dancers on the weekends ...

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Sairinka

Sairinka

Some people visit the Hokkaido town of Otofuke in winter to catch a glimpse of the wild swans that congregate there or bathe in a hot spring at Tokachigawa Onsen resort. Others go there for the Sairinka, illuminations in Tokachigaoka Park that are held ...

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Star Night (Planetarium × Candle Night)

Star Night (Planetarium × Candle Night)

Kyusakuranomiya Public Hall in Osaka was constructed in 1935 in memory of Emperor Meiji (1852-1912). Recently, however, it has been used as a wedding venue and on Feb. 25 the building will be opened to the public for Star Night. This one-night event attracted around ...

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Warabi Hadaka Festival

Warabi Hadaka Festival

A group of guys will get down and dirty in the vicinity of Mimusubi Shrine in Yotsukaido, Chiba Prefecture, this weekend to celebrate the Warabi Hadaka Festival. The event is held to ward off evil with the sacred mud of the shrine's nearby rice paddies, ...

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The 74th Plum Festival

The 74th Plum Festival

The people at the Atami Plum Garden in Shizuoka Prefecture take meticulous care of their garden's 59 species of ume (plum) trees, which number in the hundreds. So why not celebrate their efforts? A two-month festival plans to do just that. The trees bloom at ...

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Winter Night Tour — Stars by Naked —

Winter Night Tour — Stars by Naked —

Achi, Nagano Prefecture, offers a nice escape from the frantic pace of many large cities and, for stargazers, is a must-visit destination as it was named the place with the best view of a night sky in a 2006 Environment Ministry survey. The village ski ...

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Terrace of Frost Tree

Terrace of Frost Tree

The tourist bureau in Zao, Yamagata Prefecture, may be one of the only groups eager to see the arrival of cold weather since one of its main draws are juhyō (trees coated with thick snow). Go further north to Hoshino Resorts Tomamu in Shimukappu, ...

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