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Tokyo: Yushima Tenjin Sai

Tokyo: Yushima Tenjin Sai

Annual Festival of the shrine. mikoshi parade through the neighborhood, and kagura (Shinto dance with music) is performed several times a day. The festival is rather small in scale this year. Schedule & Key events: ● May 23 & 24 Daytime Parade of mikoshi ...

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Tokyo: Hanazono-jinja Reitaisai

Annual festival of the shrine. A procession of eight mikoshi owned by towns parade through the neighborhood. The festival is rather small in scale this year. Schedule & Key events: ● May 24 from 11:30 a.m.: Parade of mikoshi Location: Hanazono-jinja Shrine and others, ...

MON

Tokyo: Shobo Junshokusha Irei-sai

Memorial service for fire fighters who died on duty, conducted by members of the Edo Shobo Kinen-kai in the compound of the temple. If it rains, the demonstration of acrobatics on the ladder will be canceled. Schedule & Key events: 11 a.m. – Ceremony ...

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Zenkoji Gokaicho

Once in seven years, Zenkoji Temple’s maedachi honzon – the standing Amida statue is welcomed to the main hall. The statue was made in Kamakura Period (1192-1333) as a replica of the temple’s hidden principal image and has been designated as an Important Cultural ...

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Akita: Tohoku Rokkon Matsuri

Special event, held with the intention of encouraging Tohoku District’s people to cheer up, because the Tohoku District suffered extensive damage from the earthquake and tsunami on the March 11, 2011. Six major festivals from each of six prefectures in Tohoku District will participate ...

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Kimono Showcase Yokohama Akarenga

The 19th Yokohama Konjaku Kimono Ichi will give collectors the chance to purchase a piece of history and visitors an opportunity to learn more about Japan’s traditional fashion. Over 40 sellers from throughout Japan will gather at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse to exhibit and ...

SUN
GungHo Festival 2015

GungHo Festival 2015

GungHo, the mobile behemoth behind games such as “Puzzle & Dragons” (also known as “Pazu Dora”) is rewarding its players’ loyalty with a GungHo Festival. The event is presenting several competitions, but the biggest draw is the Kanto area’s third “Pazu Dora” Japan Cup, ...

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Tokyo Outlet Week

Tokyo Outlet Week

Over 50 local and international brands are setting up shop in Odaiba during the last weekend of May to create the ultimate shopping experience for thrifty fashionistas. Bargain hunters can take advantage of 50-90-percent-off sales tags on popular international and Japanese brands including Jill ...

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Taiko lessons

Taiko lessons

Watching and hearing the beat of a wadaiko (Japanese drum) performance is exciting stuff, so imagine getting to actually play one. Taiko drumming lessons have become more popular recently, making it increasingly hard to find a place where you can just try it without ...

SUN
Wakanagi Concert

Wakanagi Concert

With Japan’s extensive cultural history, it’s difficult to decide where to start when you’re looking for a traditional experience to enjoy. On May 31, however, Creo Osaka is offering a day of Japanese music, theater, dancing, acrobatics and comedic storytelling — a great introduction ...

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Great Japan Beer Festival

Great Japan Beer Festival

Kanpai! Japan’s largest beer festival will once again be held in Tokyo this June. Hosted by the Japan Craft Beer Association (JCBA), this weekend-long festival offers attendees the chance to sample some of the best “liquid bread” on the Japanese Market and hear from ...

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Funassyi Fantasy World

Funassyi Fantasy World

Funassyi, the unofficial mascot of the Chiba Prefecture city of Funabashi, supposedly fell from a pear tree in 2012 and has since become hugely popular in Japan, even finding itself in the international spotlight. Fans will be pleased to hear that though legend has ...

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Naruto Exhibit

Don’t cry because Naruto is over; smile because a new exhibit is happening. The aptly named “Naruto Exhibition” is a retrospective of the 15-year-long series at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Roppongi Hills. The exhibition features illustrations of famous scenes from the manga ...

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Star Wars Exhibition

Star Wars Exhibition

The force is strong with Japan. In anticipation of the latest “Star Wars” film to be released in December, that intergalactic saga will come alive inside the shiny fortress of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower. You may not be able to spot the Death Star ...

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Ibaraki: Suigo Itako Ayame Matsuri

Ayame (iris) Flower Festival. A million iris flowers of 500 species are in bloom in the garden. Admission is free. Yomeiri-fune (a boat escorting a bride) is held every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday during the festival period. Schedule & Key events: ● daily 6:30 ...

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Kuroshio Market Tuna Preparation Show

Kuroshio Market Tuna Preparation Show

A   full-scale tuna can weigh in at around 300 kg — imagine what it takes to prepare one for the table. It requires muscle and skill to cut and fillet a tuna fish, and at Kuroshio Market of Marina City theme park in Wakayama ...

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