We wish you a happy new year! “Events for the second half of December”.

【 CONTENTS 】Thurs, 15 to Sun, 18 December(2016): Kasuga Wakamiya On-matsuri in Nara city, NaraSat, 17 to Mon, 19 December(2016): A year end fair (Hagoita market) in Taitoku, TokyoSat. 24 December(2016): Ise daikagura in Kuwana city, Mie PrefectureFri. 9 to Sat. 31 December(2016): The Sendai Lights Pageant in Sendai city, Miyagi PrefectureThurs, 15 to Sun, 18 December(2016): Kasuga Wakamiya On-matsuri in Nara city, Nara This festival has a history of 800 years. Kasuga Taisha Shrine is home to the god, Wakamiya, who is considered very young god. This festival is held to introduce many new things to him. On the first night of the festival, Wakamiya is led by a […]

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Events for the second half of December

SENDAI Lights Pageant


【 CONTENTS 】

Thurs, 15 to Sun, 18 December(2016): Kasuga Wakamiya On-matsuri in Nara city, Nara

Kasuga On-matsuri
Copyright:Naracity Tourist Association

This festival has a history of 800 years. Kasuga Taisha Shrine is home to the god, Wakamiya, who is considered very young god. This festival is held to introduce many new things to him. On the first night of the festival, Wakamiya is led by a torch to an area designated for him. It is a very marvelous and majestic event. Traditional performances such as kagura and the Jidai-gyoretsu parade are held during the daytime.

Kasuga Wakamiya On-matsuri

  • Address:Kasuga Taisha (Noboriojicho, Nara, Nara Prefecture)
  • Getting there:From JR Yamato Line& Kintetsu Nara Line “Nara” station, take a bus bound for Kasuga Taisha Honden. Get off at the last stop, and its a 10-minute walk.
  • Telephone:0742-22-7788
  • Websitehttp://www.kasugataisha.or.jp/onmatsuri/1215_18.html (Japanese text only)

Sat, 17 to Mon, 19 December(2016): A year end fair (Hagoita market) in Taitoku, Tokyo

A Year end fair

Every year from roughly the 16th to 19th of December, there is a year end fair in Asakusa called Toshi-no-ichi. It will be the last fair of the year where all the ‘lucky goods’ for the new year are sold, and is the most vibrant and busiest fair of the year. The fair is also referred to as “hagoita-ichi”, because the lucky charm, “hagoita” (battledore), is a big seller. Why not drop by Sensouji Temple to get some lucky items for the coming New year? It’s open for the entire day.

Year end fair, Hagoita market

Sat. 24 December(2016): Ise daikagura in Kuwana city, Mie Prefecture

Ise Daikagura
Copyright:Kandayu Yamamoto

This festival has a history of 400 years. This festival is held for those who cannot visit the Ise Grand Shrine, because of travel hardships. The group tours all over Japan through out the year and returns back to Masuda Shrine on the 24th of December, where they play all their songs.
Ise daikagura was passed down by the Ise daikagura kousha, and is designated as the National intangible cultural asset.

Ise-daikagura

Fri. 9 to Sat. 31 December(2016): The Sendai Lights Pageant in Sendai city, Miyagi Prefecture

SENDAI Lights Pageant
Copyright:City of Sendai

This event started in 1986 as a small illumination event. It has grown into an event that now sees about 2.8 million people every year. Half of the funding is donated by both companies and citizens, showing how much this event is cherished by everyone. When the 600 thousand lights are all illuminated, it’s very beautiful.

SENDAI Lights Pageant

  • Address:Jozenji doori street(Higasi 2 bancho street to Shimin kaikan hall)
  • Getting there:From JR “Sendai” station west exit, take Nanboku subway line bound for “Izumi-Chuo”, and get off at “Kotodai-koen”. It’s a 1 min walk from there.
  • Hours:Sun-Thurs 17:30~22:00/ Fri & Sat 17:30~23:00/ 31st: 17:30~24:00
  • Telephone:022-261-6515
  • Websitehttp://www.sendaihikape.jp/ (Japanese text only)

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