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Torigoe Shrine Dondo-Yaki 2023

Torigoe Shrine 2-Chome 4-1 Torigoe, Taito, Tokyo

Dondo-yaki is the ritual from the Heian era typically held on the 15 January. New year ornaments, amulets, and…

Ome Daruma Market 2023

Ome City Hall 1-11-1 Higashiome, Ome, Tokyo

Daruma are hollow, round, traditional Japanese dolls that are usually weighted at the bottom so no matter which…

Daikoku Matsuri 2023

Kanda Myojin 2-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo

The association of Kanda Myojin with wealth and good fortune (it is after all home to two of…

Dosojin Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival 2023

Nozawa Onsen Village Shimotakai District, Nagano

The Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival (野沢温泉道祖神火祭り, Nozawa Onsen Dōsojin Hi-matsuri) is held on 15 January every year and…

Kameidoten Usokae Bullfinch Exchange 2023

Kameido Tenjin Shrine 3-6-1 Kameido, Koto, Tokyo

This annual event held at Kameidoten-jinja in Koto Ward celebrates the passing of good fortune into the year…

Shimokitazawa Tengu Festival 2022

Shimokitazawa Shimo-kitazawa Station, 2-23 Kitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo

Shimokitazawa Tengu Festival is a novel variation on the Setsubun theme, centering around Shinryuji Temple with a small…

Otaru Snow Light Path Festival 2023

Otaru, Hokkaido Otaru Station, 2 Chome-22 Inaho, Otaru, Hokkaido

The Otaru Snow Light Path Festival (小樽雪あかりの路, Otaru Yuki Akari no Michi) began in 1999 with the hope…

Kite Market at Oji Inari Shrine I

Oji Inari Shrine 王子稲荷神社, 1-12-26 Kishimachi, Kita, Tokyo

Kite market (凧市) held on the Day of the Horse every February. The dates depending on the twelve…

Setsubun at Narita-san 2023

Naritasan Shinshoji Temple 成田山新勝寺, 1 Narita, Narita, Tokyo

While setsubun festivals are held at many temples across the country, the rituals at Asakusa’s Sensoji, Takao-san Yakuo-in…

Setsubun (Bean Tossing) at Sensoji 2023

Sensoji Temple Senso-ji, 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo

Traditionally setsubun (節分) marks the day before the beginning of a new season, but in post-Edo times the…

Nara Setsubun Mantoro 2023

Kasuga Taisha Shrine 春日大社, 160 Kasuganocho, Nara, Nara

More than 3,000 lanterns are lit at Kasuga Taisha Shrine in Nara twice a year—in early February for…

Sapporo Snow Festival 2023

Odori Park, Sapporo 大通公園, 7-chrome Odorinishi, Chuo, Sapporo, Hokkaido

What started off in 1950 as community event to display six snow statues made by local high school…

Yokote Kamakura Snow Festival 2023

Yokote, Akita 横手市民会館, 13-1 Minamimachi, Yokote, Akita

The ritual of hollowing out a mound of snow and building a small hut like an igloo is…

Kite Market at Oji Inari Shrine II

Oji Inari Shrine 王子稲荷神社, 1-12-26 Kishimachi, Kita, Tokyo

Kite market (凧市) held on the Day of the Horse every February. The dates depending on the twelve…

Some no Komichi 2023

Nakai 西武新宿線 中井駅, 1-19-1 Nakaochiai, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Until the 1950s, many dying factories could be found along the river near Nakai Station in Shinjuku Ward…

Saidaiji Eyo (“Naked Festival”) 2023

Saidaiji Kannon-in 別格本山 金陵山西大寺観音院, 3 Chome-8-8 Saidaijinaka, Higashi Ward, Okayama, Okayama

The Saidaiji Eyō (西大寺会陽), more commonly known as the Hadaka Matsuri (“Naked Festival”), gets more international media attention…

Jindaiji Temple Daruma Doll Market 2023

Jindaiji Temple Jindai-ji Temple, 5-15-1 Jindaiji Motomachi, Chofu, Tokyo

One of the biggest Daruma Doll Markets in Japan, over 300 stalls selling the round dolls gather around…

Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatoro 2023

Higashiyama, Kyoto Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto

Hanatoro (花灯路, Hanatōro) is a 10-day long illumination that takes place in Kyoto’s Higashiyama in March and Arashiyama…

Mount Takao Fire Walking Festival 2023

Takaosan Car Park 2390 Takaomachi, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo

The Fire Walking Festival (火渡りまつり, hiwatari matsuri) is held near Takaosanguchi Station on the second Sunday of March…

Asakusa’s Honzon Jigen-e 2023

Sensoji Temple Senso-ji, 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo

According to legend, a statue is said to have been discovered on the 18 March 628 on the…

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Golden Dragon Dance in Asakusa

Sensoji Temple Senso-ji, 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo

The Golden Dragon Dance celebrates the re-construction of the main hall of Sensoji in 1958 after it was…

Nakameguro Sakura Matsuri 2023

Nakameguro 中目黒駅, 1-22 Kamimeguro, Meguro, Tokyo

Nakameguro Cherry Blossom Festival (中目黒桜まつり) is held at the beginning of April and organized by the workers in…

Kanamara Matsuri (“Penis Festival”) 2023

Kanayama Shrine Kanayama Shrine, 2-13-16 Daishi Ekimae, Kawasaki, Kanagawa

Kanamara Matsuri (otherwise known as the "Penis Festival" or “Festival of the Steel Phallus”) is an annual festival…

Hana Matsuri at Sensoji 2023

Sensoji Temple Senso-ji, 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo

This event at Sensoji Temple celebrates the Buddha’s birthday on 8 April and is more formally called Bussho-e…