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30/04/2015 Festivals & Events

Kokufu will be full of festivities! Kurayami-matsuri, a carnival in the darkness of night

The biggest shrine in Musashi province, Okuni-mitama-jinja Shrine The festival held in the darkness of night called Kurayami-matsuri, is one of the carnivals at the Okuni-mitama Shrine. The shrine was established about 1200 years ago, before Tokyo came to be called the Musashi Province. Around the time when the shrine was built, the government administration office called Kokufu was also built in the same area. The shrine and its surroundings were the center of Musashi Province about 1000 years ago. Currently, the shrine keeps large drums, mikoshi (portable shrine), and some old sacred treasures. Keyaki trees, or Japanese zelkova trees, were dedicated about 900 years ago and are still lined […]

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26/08/2015 Festivals & Events  Seasonal Activities  Shinto & Buddhism

【AUTUMN】The Best Japanese Festivals for the Second Half of September 2018

second half of September.

Horse riding archery, demonstrations of manhood or traditional costumes and dances; what’s best?

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03/07/2015 Festivals & Events  Shinto & Buddhism

Why is the “Nachi-no- Ōgi matsuri” held?(MOVIE)

A Shinto ritual held at the Nachi Falls and the Kumano Nachi Taisha to welcome the Kumano gods home. In the region of Kumano, the religious sites of Nachi Falls and the Kumano Nachi Taisha have been registered as World Heritage Sites. Every year on July 14th, the “Nachi Fire Festival” is held at these two sacred places. In reality, this festival is held to help the 12 gods enshrined at the Kumano Nachi Taisha return to the Nachi Falls once a year. It long used to be known as “Nachi-no-hi matsuri” or Nachi’s Fire Festival as a Shinto ritual to welcome God with 12 giant pine torches and purify […]

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22/07/2014 Festivals & Events  Seasonal Activities

【SUMMER】Introduction of festivals held in July and August (Fukushima,Yamagata,Miyagi).

“Soma-Nomaoi festival” Hot summer festivals in the northlands! Let’s go and enjoy festivals that will stir the soul! “Soma-Nomaoi festival” < p class=”mgB40″>If you could have the chance to watch armored samurai dashing the plains on horseback, wouldn’t you want to see that? The Soma Nomaoi is a wild horse chasing festival with over 1000 years of history. It was said to mark the beginnings of military exercises at the time. In the present day, over 500 warriors on horseback will re-enact the Warring States era in this heroic and beautiful festival. Schedule: July 26th to July 28th, 2014 Tadaima Japan will be covering these events for the year 2014 […]

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06/08/2018 Festivals & Events  Seasonal Activities  Traditions & History  Visit: Modern Japan

【SUMMER】The 17th Annual Shinjuku Eisa Festival: Experience the Spirit of Okinawa in Shinjuku

Every year, on the last Saturday of July, the streets of Shinjuku are transformed by the sights, sounds, and spirit of Okinawa. The Shinjuku Eisa Festival, a celebration of traditional Okinawan dancing, attracts over one million visitors annually and is a true spectacle to behold.

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18/08/2018 Festivals & Events  Traditions & History

4 Must-See Festivals in and around Shinjuku

In Japan, summer is synonymous with festivals, and Tokyo is no exception. From shrine celebrations to massive fireworks displays, not even scorching temperatures and oppressive humidity can stop seasonal reveling.
No trip to Japan is complete without experiencing a traditional festival. All of the events covered in this article are held annually, so there’s no need to worry if you missed any of them this year. That just means that you have plenty of time to plan your trip around them next year.

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11/09/2015 Festivals & Events

“Iizaka Kenka Matsuri”in Fukushima, where 1-ton floats violently crash into each other(MOVIE)

Iizaka Kenka Matsuri

Iizaka Kenka Matsuri is the best event to see during Fukushima’s autumn schedule of festivals. The main festival in autumn at Hachiman Shrine in Iizaka, Fukushima is held every year across three days centered around the first Saturday of October. This festival, said to have started 300 years, is held to give thanks to the gods for a good harvest and to pray for the peace and tranquility of the town for the coming year. However, stemming from the violence exhibited when entering the shrine on the night of the second day, at some point over the years its name was changed to Kenka Matsuri (Fighting Festival). Floats from six […]

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01/08/2014 Festivals & Events  Traditions & History

“Sanja Matsuri”, a festival with over 1300 years of history celebrated in Tokyo’s famous Asakusa district.

Asakusa’s 3 most popular days of the year when people get crazy! When asked, “What’s the most popular sightseeing area in Tokyo,” the common answer is the Asakusa district. Many people visit Asakusa every year but how many people have visited during the Sanja Matsuri? The Sanja Matsuri dates back over 1300 years ago and continues on in the present day. The festival is held every year from Friday to Sunday around the 17th and 18th of May and attracts more local people to the area. During the second day of the event, many Mikoshi can be seen being paraded throughout the area by enthusiastic people shouting rhythmically to assist […]

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20/07/2015 Festivals & Events

A real samurai battle right before your eyes.“Soma-Nomaoi”, a cavalry battle!(MOVIE)

Starting from the last Saturday in June, “Soma-Nomaoi”is held for 3 days in Soma city, Fukushima Prefecture. More than 500 cavaliers dress in Yoroi helmets from the Sengoku period and run through the staged battlefield of Hibarigahara. The highlight is “Kacchu Keiba”and “Shiki Sodatsusen”, both held on the 2nd day. It feels as if you are viewing an old picture scroll.

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16/07/2015 Festivals & Events

On the 12th of July, I watched“Hikisome”, preparation for Gion Festival in Shijokarasuma, Kyoto.(MOVIE)


Yama and Hoko are pulled in preparation, prior to the official day of Gion Matsuri. Even though its still in preparation, it’s very impressive. Men usually pull the Yamahoka, but women and children can also participate.

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24/07/2015 Festivals & Events

It’s time for the Tenjin Festival again! Osaka gets fired up on July 25th. (MOVIE)

Tenjin festival

It is one of the three largest festivals in Japan. There are about 3,000 people engaged in“Rikutogyo”walking and later, about 100 ships cross the river during the “Funatogyo” ritual. The highlight of this event is the over 4000 fireworks used to light up the sky of Osaka.

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12/10/2015 Festivals & Events

A festival more important than summer holidays and New Year’s! “Karatsu Kunchi” is when Karatsu’s people come together as one.(SAGA)(MOVIE)

Karatsu Kunchi

The pride of Karatsu, Saga Prefecture in Kyushu. A festival loved by Karatsu natives and fans alike. Just when autumn turns into winter and we feel the cold an incredibly heartfelt festival springs the entire city of Karatsu into action. To the Karatsu natives living outside the city, even the summer holidays and New Year’s are not worth returning for as much as Karatsu Kunchi. Held annually from November 2nd to 4th, Karatsu Kunchi sees over 500,000 spectators. -Tadaima Japan has a 2013 video of the Yoiyama festival eve. See the link on this page. Floats made about 200 years ago now cost about ¥150 million to make! Karatsu Kunchi […]

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11/11/2015 Festivals & Events

A festival for the secret date between the God of Mount Bukō and Myoken Bosatsu, “Chichibu-Yo matsuri”.(Saitama Pref.)(MOVIE)


The highlight is Kasaboko-lifting, held on the 3rd night. “Chichibu-Yo Matsuri” is a regular rite of autumn and festivals in Chichibu Shrine, a “Soja” of Chichibu. It is held from every 2nd to 3rd of December. The Chichibu Yo-Matsuri is considered one of the three biggest “Hikiyama-Matsuri Festivals” in Japan, along with the Gion Festival in Kyoto and the Takayama Festival of Hida. The festival is famous for its utterly gorgeous “Dashi” (parade floats) called “Kasaboko” and “Yatai.” During the festival, 2 Kasaboko floats and 4 vehicles of Yatai are drawn to parade about the town. The highlight is the 3rd night when the people lift the Yatai and Kasaboko, […]

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