Dec 31, 2013

Ueno Ameyoko Market Year End Big Sale, Tokyo

Ueno Ameyoko Market Year End Big Sale, Tokyo

late December, 2013 | at Ameyoko Market, Ueno, Tokyo

Ueno Ameyoko is one of the most famous and vital shopping street in Japan. Ameyoko is always lively and full of people.



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131231ameyoko.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.gotokyo.org/en/kanko/taito/spot/y_001.html




「上野アメ横(商店街)」毎年、恒例の 威勢のいい声が飛び交います。

Toshi-Don at Koshiki Island, Kagoshima

Toshi-Don at Koshiki Island, Kagoshima

31th December, 2013 | at Koshiki Island, Kagoshima Prefecture  



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131231koshiki.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]
http://www.city.satsumasendai.lg.jp/www/contents/1217548357166/index.html




「甑島のトシドン」(鹿児島県薩摩川内市)

Itsukushimja Shrine Fire Festival, Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Pref.

Itsukushimja Shrine Fire Festival, Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Pref.

31th December, 2013 | Miyajima, Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Pref.  



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131231miyajima.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.miyajima.or.jp/event/event_chinka.html




「嚴島神社 鎮火祭」広島県廿日市市宮島町

Oni-Oi-Shiki (Devil Dance Festival) at Enryakuji Temple, Hieizan, Shiga Pref.

Oni-Oi-Shiki (Devil Dance Festival) at Enryakuji Temple, Hieizan, Shiga Pref.

31th December, 2013 | at Enryakuji Temple, Hieizan, Shiga Pref.  



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131231hieizan.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.hieizan.or.jp/temp/syushoue/index.html



                      「鬼追い式(修正会・追儺式)」比叡山延暦寺(滋賀県大津市)

Okera-Mairi Festival at Yasaka-jinja Shrine, Kyoto

Okera-Mairi Festival at Yasaka-jinja Shrine, Kyoto

31th December, 2013 | Yasaka-jinja Shrine, Kyoto
A traditional New Year's Eve ritual of Kyoto praying for sound health in the New Year  

Okera-Mairi is the name for the visits made to the Okera Matsuri festival from late at night on New Year's Eve to New Year's Day. This ritual is held at Yasaka-jinja Shrine, which is designated as an important cultural property of Kyoto.

Okera refers to the medicinal herb Atractylis ovata, which is believed to cast away the evil energy of the past year, and to bless us with longevity.
At Yasaka-jinja Shrine on New Year's Eve, kagaribi watch fires are lit by setting fire to the medicinal herb's roots and toro lanterns placed in 2 different places in the shrine precincts are lit by this fire.  



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131231okera.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://web.kyoto-inet.or.jp/org/yasaka/english/index.html



八坂神社の白朮詣(おけらまいり)

Shoureisai (Fire Festival), at Mt. Haguro, Tsuruoka, Yamagata

Shoureisai (Fire Festival), at Mt. Haguro, Tsuruoka, Yamagata

31st December, 2013 | at Mt. Haguro, Tsuruoka, Yamagata  



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131231haguro.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.dewasanzan.jp/



松例祭(しょうれいさい) 山形県鶴岡市 羽黒山山頂

Namahage, or folklore demons in Oga, Akita Pref.

Namahage, or folklore demons in Oga, Akita Pref.

31st December, 2013 | Oga, Akita

A local group of Namahage-masked men, disguised as devils, visit private houses in the villages, grumbling “Any good-for-nothing fellow hereabouts ?” A demonstration of Namahage in action and Taiko drumming is held on the street around the City Hall from around 3:30 pm to 4 pm. Namahage also visit Japanese-style inns, Ryokan and Minshuku, in the city from around 6 pm to 7:30 pm for the guests.

Period: Dec.31   |   Venue: Oga, Akita Pref.   |   Transportation: The JR Oga Line to Oga Sta. and then walk 5 min. to Oga City Hall.



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131231akita.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.ogakk.or.jp/



なまはげ

Dec 30, 2013

Naked Festival at Iizume Inari Shrine, Goshogawara City, Aomori Pref.

Naked Festival at Iizume Inari Shrine, Goshogawara City, Aomori Pref.

31th December, 2013 | at Iizume Inari Shrine, Goshogawara City, Aomori Pref.  




# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131231aomori.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.aptinet.jp/Detail_display_00004062.html



「飯詰稲荷神社裸参り」青森県五所川原市

Dec 28, 2013

Otakiage (open fire) at Narita-san, Narita City, Chiba Pref.

Otakiage (open fire) at Narita-san, Narita City, Chiba Pref.

28th December, 2013 | at Narita-san, Narita City, Chiba Pref.  



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131228narita.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.naritasan.or.jp/english/index.html




成田山納め札お焚き上げ柴灯大護摩供(千葉県成田市 大本山成田山新勝寺)

Dec 27, 2013

Otaki-Shimenawa-Harikae-Shiki (Change rope of waterfall), at Kumano Nachi Shrine, Wakayama

Otaki-Shimenawa-Harikae-Shiki (Change rope of waterfall), at Kumano Nachi Shrine, Wakayama

27th December, 2013 | at Kumano Nachi Shrine, Wakayama  



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131227nachi.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.kumanonachitaisha.or.jp/



熊野那智大社 御滝注連縄張替式 (和歌山県那智勝浦町)

Dec 26, 2013

Ice Garden Lantern Festival at Kakeyu Hot Spring, Ueda City, Nagano Pref.

Ice Garden Lantern Festival at Kakeyu Hot Spring, Ueda City, Nagano Pref.

26th December, 2013 - 2nd February, 2014 | at Kakeyu Hot Spring, Nagano  




# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131226kakeyu.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.kakeyu.or.jp/



鹿教湯温泉 氷灯ろう・夢祈願 (長野県上田市)

Dec 25, 2013

"SuSu-Harai", the year-end cleanup is one of Japan's traditional year-end rituals.

"SuSu-Harai", the year-end cleanup is one of Japan's traditional year-end rituals.

This tradition, called susuharai, originates from a religious custom in which people cleaned their household altars and rooms to welcome the god of the New Year.




# For the details, please access to the followings;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]  http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131213susu.html

年末恒例のすす払い

Dec 24, 2013

Snow Story Event, Otaru City, Hokkaido

Snow Story Event, Otaru City, Hokkaido

21st - 23rd December, 2013 | Otaru City, Hokkaido  



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131221otaru.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://otaru.gr.jp/snowstory/



小樽ゆき物語(北海道)

Dec 23, 2013

Beppu Christmas HANABI Fantasia at Spa Beech, Beppu City, Oita Pref.

Beppu Christmas HANABI Fantasia at Spa Beech, Beppu City, Oita Pref.

23rd - 24th December, 2013 | at Spa Beech, Beppu City, Oita Pref.  



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131223beppu.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.beppu-navi.jp/xmas/




「べっぷクリスマスHANABIファンタジア」大分県別府市

Dec 22, 2013

Snow Carnival in Mt. Ishizuchi, Saijo City, Ehime Pref.

Snow Carnival in Mt. Ishizuchi, Saijo City, Ehime Pref.

22nd December, 2013 | at Mt. Ishizuchi, Saijo City, Ehime Pref.  



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131222saijo.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://saijo-imadoki.heteml.jp/archives/4508




「スノーカーニバルin石鎚」愛媛県西条市

Hiwatari Matsuri (Firewalking Festival), Sakuragawa-City, Ibaraki

Hiwatari Matsuri (Firewalking Festival), Sakuragawa-City, Ibaraki

22nd December, 2013 | Sakuragawa-City, Ibaraki

The name of the festival is "Hiwatari," literally meaning fire crossing. They make a big fire, then allow people to walk over the embers. People keep it for praying for safety of the family and state of perfect health over the year.  



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131222sakuragawa.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.city.sakuragawa.lg.jp/index.php?code=405



火渉祭 (加波山三枝祇神社 茨城県|桜川市)

Dec 20, 2013

Wild Narcissus Festival at Suzaki Peninsula, Izu Shimoda, Shizuoka Pref.

Wild Narcissus Festival at Suzaki Peninsula, Izu Shimoda, Shizuoka Pref.

20th December, 2013 - 31st January, 2014 | Suzaki Peninsula, Izu Shimoda  



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131220izu.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.shimoda-city.info/index_e.html




「水仙まつり」静岡県下田市

Takamatsu Winter Festival, Kagawa Prefecture

Takamatsu Winter Festival, Kagawa Prefecture

20th - 26th December, 2013 | Takamatsu-City, Kagawa Prefecture  



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131220takamatsu.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.fuyumatsuri.com/




高松冬のまつり(香川県)

Osaka Motor Show 2013 at INTEX Osaka

Osaka Motor Show 2013 at INTEX Osaka

20th - 23th December, 2013 | at INTEX Osaka  

# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131220motor.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://osaka-motorshow.com/




Osaka Motor Show 2013 at INTEX Osaka

photo shot from the previous event in 2011




大阪モーターショー(インテックス大阪)

Diamond Dust in Kawayu Hot Springs, Hokkaido

Diamond Dust in Kawayu Hot Springs, Hokkaido

20th December, 2013 - 20th March, 2014 | Kawayu Hot Springs, Hokkaido 

Kawayu Onsen is a major hot springs resort in eastern Hokkaido, located between Lake Kussharo and Lake Mashu. During the festival, about 20,000 light bulbs illuminate the whole town of Kawayu Onsen.
The "Jewel Hunting in the Diamond Forest" event is held from January 20 to February 20. Participants in snowshoes search for diamond dust as they stroll along routes decorated with illuminations.  



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131220kawayu.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] 
http://en.visit-hokkaido.jp/travelPlanner/details.php?code=6207012000001




ダイヤモンドダスト in KAWAYU (川湯温泉街 北海道弟子屈町)

Dec 18, 2013

Hagoita-Ichi at Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo

Hagoita-Ichi at Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo

17th - 19th December, 2013 | Asakusa, Tokyo
A lively fair full of Edo sentiments, brightly coloring downtown Tokyo at the year-end  

Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa is one of the most famous sightseeing spots in Tokyo. The Hagoita-Ichi (Battledore Fair) is an annual fair held in its precincts at the end of the year. Near the Hondo or main hall of Senso-ji Temple, some 50 open-air stalls selling hagoita (battledores), shuttlecocks, kites and other New Year decorations stand huddled together, and numerous people gather here from all over the country. This is a traditional fair dating back to the Edo Period, but it was apparently only after World War II that the name Hagoita-Ichi became popular. 



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131217asakusa.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://asakusa-toshinoichi.com/




浅草の歳の瀬を飾る風物詩、羽子板市。

Dec 17, 2013

Daruma Ichi (Dharma Doll Fair), at Iizumi Kannon Temple, Odawara, Kanagawa

Daruma Ichi (Dharma Doll Fair), at Iizumi Kannon Temple, Odawara, Kanagawa

17th - 18th December, 2013 | at Iizumi Kannon Temple, Odawara, Kanagawa  

Iizumi Kannon Daruma Ichi or Dharma Doll Fair at Iizumi Kannon Temple, Odawara, Kanagawa Pref.
With a history of over 400 years, the fair is the forerunner of a series of Daruma Ichi fairs to be held in various parts of the Kanto District every year.
The fair is held from around 10 am to 10 pm on the 17th, and from around 9 am to 1 pm on the 18th.


# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131217odawara.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]
http://www.city.odawara.kanagawa.jp/kanko/event/DEC/darumaichi.html




飯泉観音だるま市(神奈川県小田原市)

Daruma Ichi (Dharma Doll Fair), Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Pref.

Daruma Ichi (Dharma Doll Fair), Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Pref.

17th December, 2013 | Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Pref.  



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131217turuoka.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.tsuruokakanko.com/cate/p0498.html



観音様のお年夜(山形県鶴岡市 七日町観音堂)

U-MATSURI Cormorant Festival, December 16, Hakui-City, Ishikawa

U-MATSURI Cormorant Festival, December 16, Hakui-City, Ishikawa

16th December, 2013 | at Keta Taisha Shrine, Hakui-City, Ishikawa

The Keta Taisha is located in Hakui City, Teramachi and has been a point of worship for approximately 2000 years. The most prominent shrine on the Noto Peninsula, it is popular nowadays as being home to the god of marriage.  



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131216hakui.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] 
http://www.city.hakui.ishikawa.jp/sypher/www/event/detail.jsp?id=62




鵜祭り(気多大社) 石川県羽咋市寺家町ク1

Gochinza-kinen-sai (Shrine Foundation Day), Kamakura, Kanagawa

Gochinza-kinen-sai (Shrine Foundation Day), Kamakura, Kanagawa

16th December, 2013 | at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, Kamakura, Kanagawa  

For the Gochinza-kinen-sai, Ancient Court Dances at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kamakura, Kanagawa Pref. A Shinto priest clad in a white robe and four Shrine maidens in Juni-hitoe (12-layer ceremonial garments of court ladies) dance Nincho-no-mai & Miyabito-no-mai. And then Mikagura (Shinto dance) is presented.  



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131216kamakura.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.tsurugaoka-hachimangu.jp/




御鎮座記念祭 鶴岡八幡宮(神奈川県鎌倉市)

Dec 15, 2013

Kasuga Wakamiya Festival, Nara | December 15-18

Kasuga Wakamiya Festival, Nara | December 15-18

This is an annual festival held in Wakamiya Shrine, branch of Kasuga Grand Shrine. It is said that Tadamichi Fujiwara, Kampaku (Chief Advisor of Emperor), started this festival to pray for bumper crops on Sept.17 in the 2nd year of Hoen (1136) in the late Heian era.
In the past, monk soldiers of the Kofuku-ji Temple participated in the festival. However, because of the policy of separation between Shintoism and Buddhism in the Meiji era, the festival changed into one for the whole Nara.
The date changed to December 17. On the festival day, Divine Spirit of Wakamiya is transferred to a small place called Otabisho, near the approach to Kasuga Grand Shrine. In the daytime you can see a parade of people wearing clothes of entertainment and martial arts, and feudal lords as well. At night you can see dedicatory entertainments such as Shinto music and dancing (Kagura), court dance and music (Bugaku), ritual music and dancing (Dengaku) and Seinoo until the Divine Spirit gets back to the shrine.
These entertainments are designated as important intangible folk cultural assets.



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131215nara.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://narashikanko.or.jp/en/event/event_data/ivnt125/index.html



春日大社 おん祭 (奈良市春日野町160 )

Akiha Hi-Matsuri (Fire Festival), Hamamatsu, Shizuoka

Akiha Hi-Matsuri (Fire Festival), Hamamatsu, Shizuoka

15th - 16th December, 2013 | Akiha-no-Hi-Matsuri, or Fire Festival at Akiha Shrine, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Pref.

After the Shinto ritual, three kinds of solemn dances are performed by three dancers holding an archery, a sword and a torch respectively from 10 pm to 12 midnight. Especially the dance with a torch, about 1-meter long is very spectacular and worth seeing.
Venue: Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Pref.
Transportation: The JR Tokaido Line to Hamamatsu Sta., and then take the Enshu Tetsudo Line to Nishi-Kajima Sta. From there, about 40 min. by taxi to the Shrine.




# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131215hamamatsu.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.akihasanhongu.jp/




「秋葉の火まつり」 秋葉山本宮秋葉神社 (静岡県浜松市)

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;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140115boro.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.setagaya-line.com/trip/boroichi/




世田谷ボロ市

Donki Festival (God Tingou & Fox) at Shimosawaki Choushouji, Toyokawa, Aichi

Donki Festival (God Tingou & Fox) at Shimosawaki Choushouji, Toyokawa, Aichi

15th December, 2013 | at Shimosawaki Choushouji Temple, Toyokawa City, Aichi  



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131215donki.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.toyokawa-map.net/festival/donki.php



「下佐脇長松寺のどんきまつり」愛知県豊川市

Otariya Festival, 15th December and 15th January, Utsunomiya-City Tochigi

Otariya Festival, 15th December and 15th January, Utsunomiya-City Tochigi

Otariya Festival of Futaarayama Shrine, Utsunomiya, Tochigi Pref.,
features a performance of Dengaku-mai (Shinto dance with music) from around 5 pm to 5:30 pm in the precincts of the Shrine. A parade of Mikoshi (a portable shrine) goes through the city from 5:30 pm to 7 pm.


# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131215tochigi.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.tochigiji.or.jp/9540.html



12/15 冬渡祭 ・ 1/15 春渡祭(おたりや) 宇都宮二荒山神社

The Tori no Ichi Market - a fair that brings luck to the household

The Tori no Ichi Market - a fair that brings luck to the household

"Otori-sama". Tori no Ichi Market, will be held on December 15 at Otori Shinto Shrine, Higashi-Matsuyama-City, Saitama.  

/ Tori no Ichi is a fair held on the "days of the bird" in the month of December. People gather from far and wide to buy the lucky kumade (bamboo rakes) which are believed to "rake in" good luck.  

/ "Tori no hi" is the date that corresponds to 'Tori' (the Cock) in the dating method that applies each of eto (the twelve Chinese zodiac signs) to each day of the year.  



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131215saitama.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.higashimatsuyama-kanko.com/13.html




お酉さま(酉の市) 大鳥神社 (埼玉県東松山市日吉町)

Dec 14, 2013

Illusion on the Tottori Sand Dunes, Tottori Prefecture

Illusion on the Tottori Sand Dunes, Tottori Prefecture

14th - 25th December, 2013 | on the Tottori Sand Dunes, Tottori Pref.  



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131214tottori.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.tottori-sakyu.jp/



鳥取砂丘イリュージョン

Arashiyama Hanatōro (flower and light road), Kyoto

Arashiyama Hanatōro (flower and light road), Kyoto


The next Arashiyama Hanatoro will be held from December 14 to 23, 2013.

Arashiyama is a pleasant district on the outskirts of Kyoto that holds its Hanatoro every December. For ten days, more than five kilometers of streets around the town center and along the river are lit up by lanterns. Many temples and shrines in the area are illuminated and have special extended hours.

Among the most spectacular attractions are the iconic Togetsukyo Bridge spanning the river and the bamboo forest behind Tenryuji Temple. Both are illuminated during Hanatoro with the Togetsukyo Bridge being particularly beautiful as it is lit up along with the surrounding mountainsides.


# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131208arashiyama.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.hanatouro.jp/e/



京都・花灯路 「嵐山 花灯路」

Ako Gishisai Festival, December 14, Tokyo and Hyogo

Ako Gishisai Festival, December 14, Tokyo and Hyogo

Ako Gishisai is the memorial festival of Chushingura at Sengakuji temple, Tokyo and Ako-City, Hyogo.

It's held in December 14 which is the day Chushingura happens. Chushingura is one of the most favorite Samurai story since Edo period.
Today, it is still popular and many people visit here and pray for loyal Samurai.
Afternoon, there is the parade of Ako Roshi start from Zojoji temple and finish at Sengakuji in front of the grave of Asano Naganori just like the real story of Chushingura. 




# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131214ako-gisi.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]
official website ››  http://www.city.ako.lg.jp/ / ››  http://www.sengakuji.or.jp/




赤穂義士祭

Ikenoue Purification Ceremony Festival

Ikenoue Purification Ceremony Festival

The Purification Ceremony Festival of Katsuragake Shrine is held on the second Saturday of each December.

In this festival, men - especially those of so-called “critical year” ages (yakudoshi) in the Buddhist tradition - bathe in the pristine waters of the Nagara River from the right bank of the Chusetsu Bridge to purify themselves and offer up prayers for personal achievement.
The purification ceremony is performed 3 times from: (1) 3:00 p.m. (2) 7:00 p.m. and (3) 10:00 p.m.  



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131214gifu.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.gifucvb.or.jp/en/02_event/02_07.html




池ノ上みそぎ祭 (岐阜市)

Shimotsuki Matsuri (winter festival), at Touyama Village, Iida City, Nagano Pref.

Shimotsuki Matsuri (winter festival), at Touyama Village, Iida City, Nagano Pref.

13th - 15th December, 2013 | at Touyama Village, Iida City, Nagano Pref.  



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131213simotuki.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.tohyamago.com/simotuki/index.php



遠山の霜月祭(長野県飯田市)

Dec 13, 2013

Heiwajima Antique Show at Tokyo Ryutsu Center, Heiwajima, Tokyo

Heiwajima Antique Show at Tokyo Ryutsu Center, Heiwajima, Tokyo


# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/130322heiwajima.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.kottouichi.com/heiwajima/HOME.html



平和島 全国古民具骨董まつり(平和島東京流通センター)

Koto Hajime (Start up doing things for New Year), Gion, Kyoto

Koto Hajime (Start up doing things for New Year), Gion, Kyoto

13th December, 2013 | Gion, Kyoto  




# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131213gion.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.e-kyoto.net/kankou/12/13



祇園・事始め(京都)

Nagoya Motor Show 2013 at Port Messe Nagoya, Aichi

Nagoya Motor Show 2013 at Port Messe Nagoya, Aichi

12th - 15th December, 2013 | at Port Messe Nagoya, Aichi  



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131212nmotor.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.nagoya-motorshow.com/



名古屋モーターショー(ポートメッセなごや)

ECO PRODUCTS 2013 at Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo

ECO PRODUCTS 2013 at Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo

12th - 14th December, 2013 | at Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo

The Eco-Products Exhibition is one of the largest environmental exhibitions in Japan, drawing more than 180,000 business people and consumers interested in environmental issues. The Eco-Products Exhibition was launched in 1999 in order to publicize eco-products and to realize an environment-friendly society.
Eco-products or services in various fields, including consumer goods, industrial materials, energies, finance and various services will be displayed. We will also be displaying new environmental technologies and services that aim to change conventional wisdom, and new business models that aim to solve specific problems, including company coalitions and regional cooperation.  



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131212eco_products.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://eco-pro.com/



エコプロダクツ|東京ビッグサイト

Dec 12, 2013

The most popular Kanji Character of this year is WA.

The most popular Kanji Character of this year is WA.

12th December, 2013 | at Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto Pref.  

The most popular Kanji Character of this year is WA, meaning "Peace and Communication".
The Second is RAKU meaning "Enjoy". Third is BAI meaning "Double".  




# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131212kanji.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.kanken.or.jp/



今年の漢字は「輪」。2位は「楽」、3位は「倍」。

Dec 10, 2013

Daito-sai (ceremony for newly-harvested rice), Chikuma, Nagano

Daito-sai (ceremony for newly-harvested rice), Chikuma, Nagano

10th - 14th December, 2013 | Chikuma City, Nagano Pref.  



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131210chikuma.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]
http://tanalog.com/chikuma-city/2007/08/24/1187918367235.html




大頭祭(長野県千曲市)

Dec 9, 2013

Arashiyama Hanatōro (flower and light road), Kyoto

Arashiyama Hanatōro (flower and light road), Kyoto

The next Arashiyama Hanatoro will be held from December 14 to 23, 2013.

Arashiyama is a pleasant district on the outskirts of Kyoto that holds its Hanatoro every December. For ten days, more than five kilometers of streets around the town center and along the river are lit up by lanterns.
Many temples and shrines in the area are illuminated and have special extended hours.
Among the most spectacular attractions are the iconic Togetsukyo Bridge spanning the river and the bamboo forest behind Tenryuji Temple. Both are illuminated during Hanatoro with the Togetsukyo Bridge being particularly beautiful as it is lit up along with the surrounding mountainsides.



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131208arashiyama.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.hanatouro.jp/arashiyama/index.html



京都・花灯路 「嵐山 花灯路」

Dec 8, 2013

Atami Kaijo Hanabi Taikai (Fireworks Display)

Atami Kaijo Hanabi Taikai (Fireworks Display)

8th, 15th, and 23rd December, 2013
Atami Kaijo Hanabi Taikai or Fireworks Display over Atami Beach, Atami, Shizuoka Pref., is scheduled from 8:20 pm to 8:45 pm (about 3,000 fireworks).



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131208atami.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.ataminews.gr.jp/hanabi/




熱海海上花火大会

Karuizawa Winter Festival 2013

Karuizawa Winter Festival 2013

7th - 25th December, 2013 / 1st - 14th February, 2014 | Karuizawa Winter Festival - White Christmas & Valentaine in Karuizawa, Nagano  

The main streets of the town are illuminated in the evening from the 7th to the 25th of December.



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.karuizawamonogatari.jp/



ウィンター・フェスティバル in 軽井沢

Daiko-daki (Serving Boiled Radish to clear off bad disease) at Senbon Shakadou, Kyoto

Daiko-daki (Serving Boiled Radish to clear off bad disease) at Senbon Shakadou, Kyoto

7th - 8th December, 2013 | at Senbon Shakadou, Kyoto  



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131207daikon.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.kyoto.travel/



                      「大根だき(だいこだき)」京都・千本釈迦堂(悪病よけ行事)

Hobby World Christmas Festival, Shizuoka Hobby Square

Hobby World Christmas Festival, Shizuoka Hobby Square

7th - 8th December, 2013 | at Shizuoka Hobby Square, Shizuoka  



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131207hobby.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.hobby-shizuoka.jp/




ホビーのまち静岡 クリスマスフェスタ2013

Teppo Matsuri (Gun Festival), at Iida Hachiman Shrine, Ogano-machi, Saitama

Teppo Matsuri (Gun Festival), at Iida Hachiman Shrine, Ogano-machi, Saitama

7th - 8th December, 2013 | at Iida Hachiman Shrine, Ogano-machi, Saitama  

Teppo Matsuri (Gun Festival) at Iida Hachiman Shrine, Ogano-machi, Saitama Pref., features a parade of floats and local Kabuki plays on both days.
The highlight of this festival is Otachi Shinji in which two sacred horses gallop up the steps to the Shrine, amid a volley of rifle shots into the air, from around 4 pm, and Mikoshi (portable shrines) and floats parade through the town from around 5 pm.



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131207ogano.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.town.ogano.lg.jp/index.html



鉄砲まつり:飯田・八幡神社(埼玉県小鹿野町)

All-Japan Karate Championship at Tokyo Budokan

All-Japan Karate Championship at Tokyo Budokan

7th - 8th December, 2013 | Budokan, Tokyo  

Zen-Nippon Karate-do Senshu-ken Taikai or All-Japan Karate Championship takes place at Tokyo Budokan Hall, Adachi-ku, for team competitions, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm on the 9th, and at Nippon Budokan Hall, Chiyoda-ku, for individual competitions, from 8:30 am to 6 pm on the 8th.  



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/131207karate.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.karatedo.co.jp/index3.htm




全日本空手道選手権大会/日本武道館