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Iwate: Iwate Yuki Matsuri

Snow Festival. The highlight of this festival is illumination of ice sculptures, snow carvings and many kamakura (huts made of snow). Many more events such as games and demonstrations of snow boarders are scheduled during the festival period. Schedule & Key events: ● daily ...

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Flower Dream 2016

The Japanese art of flower arrangement known as ikebana is not simply placing plants in a box, but about appreciating the shape, line and beauty of nature. Flower enthusiasts across Japan are able to celebrate this art as well as more modern forms of ...

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Centrair Airport Music Festival 2016 Winter

Centrair Airport Music Festival 2016 Winter

Chubu Centrair International Airport is giving music fans a treat by hosting a two-day musicale. The festival highlights musicians from across Japan, and includes performances by jazz vocalist Miho Ryu, classical duo Sugitetsu and a number of shamisen players. Aspiring musicians are also being ...

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Monster Hunter Festa ‘16 Kitakyushu

Monster Hunter Festa ‘16 Kitakyushu

“Monster Hunter” game fans can celebrate their favorite game’s 12th anniversary in five cities in Japan. Monster Hunter Festa ’16, which started in Tokyo, now moves to Osaka, before heading to Fukuoka, Nagoya and Sendai. While the hardcore “hunters” are gearing up to compete ...

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Fishing Show Osaka 2016

Fishing Show Osaka 2016

Angling to entertain all fish lovers, the Fishing Show Osaka has been annually showcasing the latest rods, lures, magazines and other fishing-related items since 1964. The major draw of the two-day event, however, are the staged chat shows and booths featuring expert anglers, who ...

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Cookieboy Cookie Icing Workshop

Cookieboy Cookie Icing Workshop

For Valentine’s Day, some believe handmade gifts are more thoughtful than gifts purchased from a store. But if you have no artistic abilities, the thought of making a gift can very stressful. Anyone needing a little creative guidance this February can visit the Cookieboy ...

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Flowers by Naked

Flowers by Naked

Though spring seems a distant future right now, people in Tokyo can enjoy some early blooms this month at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall’s Flowers by Naked event space. Until mid-February, the hall is hosting a series of flower-themed attractions, including ikebana displays, tastings of Japanese ...

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Yokohama Strawberry Festival 2016

Whether they’re in crepes, custard-filled pastries or even in sandwiches, strawberries can be found everywhere in Japan. With candied strawberries, strawberry chocolates, strawberry soft drinks and expensive boxes of luxury strawberries in department stores, consumers are able to enjoy them year round. But just ...

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Nararurie

Nararurie

Nara Prefecture’s scenic countryside has long attracted visitors, inspiring the likes of tanka poet Yaichi Aizu (1881-1956) and photographers Seiyo Ogawa (1894-1960) and Taikichi Irie (1905-1992). The area’s annual Nararurie festival illuminates the ancient capital’s historical landmarks, including Kasuga-Taisha Shrine and Todaiji Temple, with ...

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Osaka Automesse 2016

Osaka Automesse 2016

Osaka Automesse, one of the biggest car shows in Japan, showcases the charms of car customization. With around 1,600 booths selling automobile goods, including hubcaps, mufflers, headlamps and decals, this is the place to go if you’re thinking of jazzing up your ride. Stage ...

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Mt. Isetan Chocolaterie by Kloka

Mt. Isetan Chocolaterie by Kloka

Imagine hot chocolate on tap, literally running out of a faucet. Or how about a special patisserie where you can bake your own original cupcakes. This is the fairy-tale-like fantasy that Kloka, a creative studio that specializes in setting up quirky events, aims to ...

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Yamagata: Zao Juhyo Light-up

Yamagata: Zao Juhyo Light-up

Festival features the lighting up of Juhyo, known as “Ice Monster,” trees covered with frost. Schedule & Key events: ● Dec. 26-Jan. 3, Jan. 9, Jan. 10, Jan. 16, Jan. 17, Jan. 23-Feb. 28 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Juhyo light up Location: along Zao Ropeway ...

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Play! Digital Game Exhibition

Play! Digital Game Exhibition

With the 30th anniversary of the “Super Mario Bros.” game series and the release of the movie “Pixel,” 2015 has been the year of the retro-game comeback. If you’re a real fan of arcade gaming, though, you should head to Saitama Prefecture’s Skip City. ...

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Cacao and Coffee Exhibition

Cacao and Coffee Exhibition

Chocolate and coffee is often considered the perfect mix of bitter and sweet for some people, so why not learn a bit more about their origins at the Sakuya Konohana Kan botanical gardens in Osaka. The seeds of Theobroma cacao are used to make ...

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