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Yokohama Chinese Spring Festival 2015

Yokohama Chinese Spring Festival 2015

Yokohama Chinatown’s Chinese Spring Festival draws hordes of visitors every year, and since it features firecrackers, Chinese cymbals and drums, it’s not hard to track down the action. You may have to squeeze through the crowds to watch the New Year’s parade, but you ...

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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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White Sacas Toyotown Ice Garden

Are you ready to embrace the cold winter temperatures in exchange for a little fun? During the winter months, Akasaka’s White Sacas Toyotown Ice Garden is one of the largest outdoor skating rinks in Tokyo and a popular date spot for young couples. Spectators ...

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Doraemon Film Festival

Doraemon Film Festival

Many in Japan grew up with Doraemon, who made his first appearance in a manga series in 1969. Since then, the earless blue robot cat has also captured the hearts of people across the globe. The feline’s adventures, which depict him helping his friend ...

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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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Tokyo International Antiquarian Book Fair

Tokyo International Antiquarian Book Fair

Bookworms, clear your schedules. The Antiquarian Booksellers Association of Japan (ABAJ) is celebrating its 50th anniversary by hosting the Tokyo International Antiquarian Book Fair in March. The ABAJ was founded in November 1964 by 10 leading antiquarian booksellers of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, and ...

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Nitro Circus

Nitro Circus

The circus is back in town, but nothing like any big top show you’ve ever seen. The daring young men (and women) of Nitro Circus combine the extreme sports with crazy-as-a-loon stunts like that of “Jackass.” It’s a winning combination that has already blown ...

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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 ...

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Ramen Girls Festival

Ramen Girls Festival

Ramen Girls Festival is designed to be a for a fun day of slurping with the girls. While admission is not limited to women, there is an area designated just for females. Eight different shops will be serving ramen that the organizers claim will ...

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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 ...

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Heiwajima Antiques Fair

The Heiwajima Antiques Fair at Heiwajima Tokyo Ryutsu Center, Ota-ku, is held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (to 4 p.m. on March 8) daily from March 6-8. (Please enter an hour before closing time.) More than 280 dealers are participating. Admission is free. ...

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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 ...

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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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Sakai Old Port Tourism Market

Sakai Old Port Tourism Market

Back in the day, the port of Sakai in Osaka Prefecture flourished as a major trade hub with its constant traffic of goods and people from Southeast Asia and other countries. The Sakai Old Port Tourism Market, which has been held by locals every ...

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Instant Jewel Workshops

Instant Jewel Workshops

Jewelry designer Instant Jewel is trying to change the image of plastic accessories from kindergarten to couture. The company will be hosting several pop-up stores and workshops to let people get a hands-on experience creating their own wearable art. Happening in Tokyo and Osaka, ...

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