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Hyogo: Kobe Luminarie

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 ...

SUN
Akutai Festival

Akutai Festival

Chants of "wasshoi" and "soiya" are often heard at Japanese festivals, but at the annual Akutai Festival they’re replaced with cuss words. Akutai translates as "abusive language" in English and according to lore, the festival in Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture, began during the middle of the ...

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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 ...

THU

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 & ...

MON

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 ...

SUN
Akita: Namahage

Akita: Namahage

Namahage (folklore demons that pay frightening visits to children of local houses) is designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. Local groups of Namahage-masked men, disguised as devils, visit private houses in the villages in the evening, grumbling "Any good-for-nothing ...

SUN

Kyoto: Okera-mairi

Traditional year-end Festival. The climax of this festival comes when a large number of worshippers visit the shrine around midnight to bring home the sacred fire with rope kindled there with which they cook the first meal of the year. This custom is believed ...

SUN

Hiroshima: Chinka-sai

Fire Festival. A priest brings a fragment of sacred fire from the shrine to Mikasa-hama Beach and lights a big torch placed on the beach. Then young men race to be the first to kindle their torches with the sacred fire, and jostle each ...

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Yamagata: Zao Juhyo Light-up

Yamagata: Zao Juhyo Light-up

Festival featuring the lighting up Juhyo, known as "Ice Monster," trees covered with frost. Schedule & Key events: ● Dec. 23, 24, Dec. 29-Jan. 7, Jan. 13, 14, 20, 21, Jan. 27-March 4 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Juhyo lighting up Location: along Zao Ropeway Sancho Line, Yamagata Access: JR Yamagata Shinkansen ...

Notice: Event and location information is subject to change.