Kyoto bonfire festival held on smaller scale amid pandemic

National Aug 17, 2020

Kyoto bonfire festival held on smaller scale amid pandemic

A traditional bonfire festival in Kyoto, western Japan, was held Sunday night on a smaller scale than usual due to the novel coronavirus epidemic. In the Gozan no Okuribi festival, held every year on Aug. 16, firewood arranged in the shape of symbols and kanji ...

Panel to seek UNESCO listing for 37 Japanese folk performance arts

National Feb 20, 2020

Panel to seek UNESCO listing for 37 Japanese folk performance arts

The Council for Cultural Affairs decided Wednesday to recommend that 37 folk performance arts be added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list. The 37 traditional performing arts, including Bon odori dancing, that have been passed down for posterity in various parts in the country ...

Stars throw soybeans in <I>setsubun</I> event at Naritasan Shinshoji temple

National Feb 3, 2020

Stars throw soybeans in setsubun event at Naritasan Shinshoji temple

An annual bean-throwing event was held Monday at Naritasan Shinshoji, a major Buddhist temple in Narita, Chiba Prefecture, to mark setsubun, the day before the start of spring according to Japan's ancient calendar. On setsubun, people traditionally throw soybeans, chanting "oni wa soto" ("demons out") ...