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Tokyo: Seki-no Boro Ichi

Rag Fair at the temple and its neighboring area. It originated from an agricultural fair, but now the stalls sell clothes, food, toys and plants. The highlight of this fair is Mando Gyoretsu (a procession of people, some holding lanterns and others sounding bells and ...

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Kyoto: Narutaki-no-Daiko Daki

Japanese radishes are cooked in a big pan and served to the visitors at the temple. Admission is 1,000JPY. This festival has its origin in a historical fact: Villagers served boiled radishes to Shinran, the founder of the Jodo Shinshu sect of Pure Land ...

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Tokyo: Gishi-sai

Memorial event for the "Vendetta of the 47 Ronin (masterless Samurai)" which took place in 1702, to commemorate their loyalty to their master. This festival features Gishi-Gyoretsu (a procession of 47 people dressed as Ronin). Schedule & Key events: noon-1:45 p.m. Gishi-Gyoretsu from Chuo City ...

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Gifu: Ikenoue Misogi Matsuri

Naked Festival at the shrine. Misogi is conducted by over 100 youths clad in loincloths, diving into Nagara River to purify and exorcise themselves. Schedule & Key events: from 1:30 p.m.: Ritual pray from 3 p.m.: Misogi festival Location: Katsuragake-jinja Shrine,, Gifu, Gifu Access: JR Tokaido Honsen Line ...

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Hyogo: Ako Gishi-sai

Memorial celebrations popularly known as the "Vendetta of the 47 Ronin, or masterless Samurai," featuring a parade of "47 Ronin" accompanied by feudal lords, following a drum and fife band, folk dancers and floats. Schedule & Key events: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Parade from ...

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Miyazaki: Takaharu-no-Kanme

Sacred Shinto Dance, the generic name of Sano Kagura and Haraigawa Kagura, each with over a 400-year tradition, designated as the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property. Schedule & Key events: ● Dec. 7 7 p.m.-7 a.m. Sano Kagura in front of the second Torii gate ...

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Shizuoka: Atami Kaijo Hanabi Taikai

Fireworks Display with about 3,000 fireworks. Schedule & Key events: ● Dec. 8 & 15 8:20 p.m.-8:45 p.m. Location: Atami Bay, Atami, Shizuoka Access: JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line to Atami Sta., and then walk 15min. Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the ...

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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 ...

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Tokyo: Setagaya Boro Ichi

Rag Fair featuring more than 700 open-air stalls selling foods, clothes, potted plants, antiques and the like. Schedule & Key events: ● daily 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Open-air stalls are set up Location: Boro Ichi-dori Street, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo Access: (1) JR Yamanote Line to Shibuya Sta. ...

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Kanagawa: Nincho-no-mai (Miyabito-no-mai)

Ancient Court Dances at the shrine. A Shinto priest clad in a white robe and four shrine maidens in Juni-hitoe (12-layer ceremonial garments of court ladies) perform Nincho-no-mai dance & Miyabito-no-mai dance. Schedule & Key events: 5 p.m.- Location: Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine, Kamakura, Kanagawa Access: JR Yokosuka Line ...

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Kasuga Wakamiya Onmatsuri

Kasuga Wakamiya Onmatsuri

The Kasuga Wakamiya Onmatsuri is an annual festival held by Wakamiya Shrine in Nara Prefecture, and is one of many events featuring Shinto rituals that pray for good harvests. The tradition, which began in 1136 in the hope that downpours or other disasters wouldn't affect ...

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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 ...

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Tokyo: Hagoita Ichi (Toshi-no Ichi)

Shuttlecock and battledore fair in the compound of the temple. Hagoita is a wooden racket (originally used in Hanetsuki, the traditional badminton-like game), and is often decorated with the figures of popular Kabuki actors and is made of elaborate silk collages. It is usually ...

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Tokyo: Osame-no Daishi

Year-end Fair at the temple. Open-air stalls selling Kumade (ornamental bamboo rakes adorned with symbols of good luck for the New Year) are set up in the compound of the temple. Schedule & Key events: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Location: Nishiarai Daishi Temple, Adachi-ku, Tokyo Access: Tobu Daishi Line ...

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Kanagawa: Osame-no Daishi

Year-end Fair at the temple. This is one of the biggest of this kind in Tokyo and vicinity. Schedule & Key events: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Otakiage is held in the compound of the temple Location: Kawasaki Daishi Temple, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Access: Keikyu Daishi Line to ...

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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 & ...

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