Jan 16, 2018

Toh-shiya (Archery Contest) at Sanjusangen-do Temple, Kyoto

Toh-shiya (Archery Contest) at Sanjusangen-do Temple, Kyoto

17th January, 2018 | at Sanjusangen-do Temple, Kyoto
Come and experience the spirit of Japanese archery. A contest of archers firing arrows at targets 60 meters away  
Archers compete against each other in the 120-meter long Sanjusangen-do Temple, which is the world's longest wooden structure. The l meter in diameter target is positioned 60 meters away, so a high level of expertise is required. As this event marks the first shooting of arrows in the New Year, it is also called "New Year archery" and is held on the Sunday closest to January 15th.
Advanced-level archers, as well as 20-year-olds gather there from all over the country. In Japan, coming of age occurs when turning twenty. Rows of young women dressed in kimono in celebration of entering adulthood draw their bows, creating a very impressive sight.






# For the details, please access to the followings site;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/180113kyoto.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.kyoto.travel/  ››  http://sanjusangendo.jp/











通し矢 大的大会(おおまとたいかい)三十三間堂 (京都)

Bonden-sai (carrying bonden for the gods to descend), Akita

Bonden-sai (carrying bonden for the gods to descend), Akita

17th January, 2018 | at Miyoshi shrine, Akita
A contest to become the first to reach the sacred mountain, carrying bonden for the gods to descend.  
A bonden is a sacred wand measuring almost four meters in length, which serves as a marker for the gods descending to this world. In ancient times, bonden used to be made of paper or rice straw, but in recent years, they are often made by decorating a bamboo basket with colorful fabric.
The bonden wands are carried by groups of children, townspeople, or even company employees. Each group entrusts the bonden with their prayers for an abundant harvest, good health for their families and success in business.






# For the details, please access to the followings site;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/180117akita.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.miyoshi.or.jp/kids/bondensai.html











「ぼんでん祭」 太平山三吉神社 (秋田市)

Setagaya Boro Ichi (Flea Market), Setagaya, Tokyo

Setagaya Boro Ichi (Flea Market), Setagaya, Tokyo

15th - 16th December & 15th - 16th January | Setagaya, Tokyo   Setagaya Boro (Rag) Ichi or Flea Market on Boro Ichi-dori Street, Setagaya-ku, features many open-air stalls selling foods, clothes, potted plants, antiques and the likes from 9 am to 8 pm on both days.







# For the details, please access to the followings site;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] www.goldenjipangu.com/180115boro.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.gotokyo.org/jp/kanko/setagaya/event/boroichi.html
















「世田谷ボロ市」400年以上も続く歴史を持ち700店近くの露店が路上に軒を連ねる伝統の市

Jan 15, 2018

Horan Enya (Fishermans' Festival), Bungo-Takada, Oita

Horan Enya (Fishermans' Festival), Bungo-Takada, Oita

15th January, 2018 | Bungo-Takada, Oita Prefecture
Bungotakada (豊後高田市 Bungotakada-shi) is a city located in Ōita Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan. As of March 31, 2012, the city has an estimated population of 24,623, with 10,479 households and a population density of 119.15 persons per km². The total area is 206.65 km².  








# For the details, please access to the followings site;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/180116horan.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.city.bungotakada.oita.jp/














ホーランエンヤ(大分県豊後高田市玉津~御玉)

Sandera Mairi in Hida, Gifu Prefecture

Sandera Mairi in Hida, Gifu Prefecture

15th January, 2018 | at Furukawa River, Hida, Gifu Prefecture   Sandera Maairi in Hida, Gifu Prefecture features kimono-clad women lighting candles on a bank of the Setogawa River.
The festival honors Shinran, the founder of the Jodoshinshu sect of Buddhism, who died on January 16, 1282. Dozens of snow pillars topped with candles are placed along the town’s main streets. The festival is popular with couples because in the old days the river is where young women went to meet their lovers.












# For the details, please access to the followings site;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/180115sandera.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.hida-kankou.jp/













三寺まいり(円光寺・真宗寺・本光寺)岐阜県飛騨古川