Festivals

Young men participating in Tenjin Matsuri, Osaka.
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Osaka Tenjin Matsuri

The Tenjin Matsuri, which literally means “festival of the gods,” first started in the 10th century and is held every year in Osaka on July 24th and July 25th.

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Get Dolled Up at Toride’s 12th Annual Hina Matsuri Festival

Toride City will be hosting its annual Hina Matsuri Festival with over 90 hina dolls on display.

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Festivals of Japan: Otaru Snow Light Path Festival

Otaru is a port city steeped in a rich history located near Niseko on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido.

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Festivals of Japan: Wakakusa Yamayaki Festival in Nara

Originating in the 18th century, the burning of Mount Wakakusa is one of Japan’s most spectacular winter festivals.

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Festivals of Japan: Santera Mairi Festival

The town is also famous for its spectacular festivals with one of the best and most famous being the Santera Mairi Festival.

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Festivals of Japan: Nozawa Fire Festival

The event climaxes in a massive bonfire as the wooden shrine succumbs to the flames of the attackers and is offered to the gods.

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Festivals of Japan: Dezome-shiki (New Year’s Parade of Firemen) in Tokyo

The highlight and main attraction of the event is the amazing ladder stunts, which have a long history behind them.

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Festivals of Japan: Oga no Namahage Festival

The Oga no Namahage Festival features namahage, a strange deity resembling a demon, which is known as oni in Japanese.

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Festivals of Japan: Gishi-sai Festival in Tokyo

The legend of the 47 ronin is the ultimate story of loyalty, sacrifice, persistence and honour.

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Festivals of Japan: Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri in Nara Park

The Grand Festival of Kasuga Wakamiya Shrine was first held in the 12th century to pray for the end of an epidemic plague and for a rich harvest.

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Festivals of Japan: Chichibu Yomatsuri

The Chichibu Yomatsuri is one of the most spectacular winter festivals in Japan and is only a short trip away from Tokyo.

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Festivals of Japan: Arashiyama Momiji Festival in Kyoto

The Arashiyama Momiji Festival is a beautiful and colourful autumn festival that takes place in the Arashiyama district of Kyoto.

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