Feb 28, 2015

Kiwara Fudoson Taisai (Spring Fire Festival), Kumamoto

Kiwara Fudoson Taisai (Spring Fire Festival), Kumamoto

28th February, 2015 | at Kiwara Fudoson Temple, Kumamoto

The capital of Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto City is located at the heart of the island of Kyushu in southwestern Japan.
It is the 15th largest Japanese city and is well known for being the site of Kumamoto Castle, one of the finest castles in all of Japan.  






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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150228kiwara.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.manyou-kumamoto.jp/







木原不動尊 春季大祭(きわらふどうそん)熊本市南区富合町木原

Feb 26, 2015

Kokusekiji Temple Sominsai (Naked Festival), Oushu City, Iwate

Kokusekiji Temple Sominsai (Naked Festival), Oushu City, Iwate

25th - 26th February, 2015 | Oushu City, Iwate Pref.  

Festival at Kokusekiji Temple in Oshu, Iwate Prefecture features 110 loincloth-clad men taking a bath in frigid river near the temple and climaxes with men scrambling for a hemp sack thrown into the crowd.
The festival drew some attention in 2008 when Japan's railway company refused to display a poster of the festival, saying it would cause offense.


Kokusekiji Temple Sominsai (Naked Festival), Oushu City, Iwate




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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150216sominsai.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://kokusekiji.e-tera.jp/sominsai.html







黒石寺蘇民祭(岩手県奥州市)

Feb 25, 2015

Shujou Onie (Spring Devil & Fire Festival), Bungo-Takada, Oita Prefecture

Shujou Onie (Spring Devil & Fire Festival), Bungo-Takada, Oita Prefecture

25th February, 2015 | at Tennenji Temple, Bungo-Takada, Oita Prefecture

Bungotakada (豊後高田市 Bungotakada-shi) is a city located in Ōita Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan. Historic sites include Fuki-ji, Maki Ōdō, and Kumano magaibutsu.
The Shōwa Style Town Visitor Attraction (Shōwa no Machi in Japanese) is also a famous sightseeing spot.  



Shujou Onie (Spring Devil & Fire Festival), Bungo-Takada, Oita Prefecture



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150216onie.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.city.bungotakada.oita.jp/





修正鬼会(しゅじょうおにえ)天念寺 大分県豊後高田市

Godaison Sominsai (Naked Festival), Hanamaki City, Iwate Pref.

Godaison Sominsai (Naked Festival), Hanamaki City, Iwate Pref.

25th February, 2015 | Hanamaki City, Iwate Pref.

Hanamaki is famous for its hot springs baths. There are two centers of hot springs, both along wooded rivers flowing down gorges in the Ou Mountain range.
The beauty of Hanamaki can perhaps be best appreciated while sitting in an outdoor bath along a river, gazing at the forested mountains.  





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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150215hanamaki.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.kanko-hanamaki.ne.jp/event/event_detail.php?id=54







「五大尊蘇民祭」岩手県花巻市

Warabino Hadaka Matsuri (Naked Festival), Yotsukaidou City, Chiba

Warabino Hadaka Matsuri (Naked Festival), Yotsukaidou City, Chiba

25th February, 2015 | Yotsukaidou City, Chiba

Yotsukaidō (四街道市 Yotsukaidō-shi) is a city located in northern Chiba Prefecture, Japan.  



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[Official Homepage of the Event]
http://www.city.yotsukaido.chiba.jp/miryoku/smile/kanko/matsuri_geinou/ysangyowarabihadaka.html







「和良比の裸祭り」千葉県四街道市

Feb 24, 2015

Kobayashi Kiyochika Exhibition, at SHIZUOKA CITY MUSEUM OF ART

Kobayashi Kiyochika Exhibition, at SHIZUOKA CITY MUSEUM OF ART

7th February - 22nd March, 2015 | SHIZUOKA CITY MUSEUM OF ART
 





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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150207sizuoka.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.shizubi.jp/exhibition/future_150207.php




「没後100年 小林清親展 文明開化の光と影をみつめて」静岡市美術館
 

ENKU, Buddhism Art, at Sogo Museum of Art, Yokohama, Kanagawa

ENKU, Buddhism Art, at Sogo Museum of Art, Yokohama, Kanagawa

7th February - 22nd March, 2015 | Sogo Museum of Art, Yokohama, Kanagawa
 






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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150207sogo.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  https://www.sogo-seibu.jp/common/museum/





「微笑みに込められた祈り 円空・木喰展」そごう美術館(横浜市)

Artbrut >> Turn, at TOMONOTSU-MUSEUM, Fukuyama, Hiroshima

Artbrut >> Turn, at TOMONOTSU-MUSEUM, Fukuyama, Hiroshima

1st February - 29th March, 2015 | TOMONOTSU-MUSEUM, Fukuyama, Hiroshima
 






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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150201tomono.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://abtm.jp/






 「TURN/陸から海へ(ひとがはじめからもっている力)」鞆の津ミュージアム(広島県福山市鞆町鞆)

Feb 23, 2015

Godairiki-san with Giant Rice Cake Lifting Competition, Kyoto

Godairiki-san with Giant Rice Cake Lifting Competition, Kyoto

23rd February, 2015 | at Daigoji Temple, Kyoto

A competition for rice cake lifting is held at Golden Hall of Daigoji Temple on February 23 from 12 noon.
Participants wishing for a state of perfect health and safety compete to see for how long they can hold the rice cakes in their arms. Women lift rice cakes of 90kg, the men, 150kg ones.







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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150223godairiki.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.daigoji.or.jp/events/index_e.html







「五大力さん(餅上げ力奉納)」京都・醍醐寺

Feb 22, 2015

Hanazono-no-Onda-mai (Dance & swing the mattock) at Henshouji Temple, Katsuragi Town, Wakayama

Hanazono-no-Onda-mai (Dance & swing the mattock) at Henshouji Temple, Katsuragi Town, Wakayama

22nd February, 2015 | at Henshouji Temple, Katsuragi Town, Wakayama

Katsuragi is a town located in Ito District, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan.  





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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150217hanazono.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://bunka.nii.ac.jp/SearchDetail.do?heritageId=199786






花園の御田舞(和歌山・かつらぎ町花園村)

Gomikake Matsuri (Shinto Spring Festival) at Kawazoe Shrine, Odai Town, Mie Pref.

Gomikake Matsuri (Shinto Spring Festival) at Kawazoe Shrine, Odai Town, Mie Pref.

22nd February, 2015 | at Kawazoe Shrine, Odai Town, Mie Pref.
Ōdai is located in southeastern Kii Peninsula in central Mie Prefecture.
An inland municipality, Ōdai extends almost the width of Mie Prefecture from east to west, but is narrow north to south.  





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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150217gomikake.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.kankomie.or.jp/spot/detail_19363.html




「川添神社ごみかけ祭」三重県多気郡大台町

Tokyo Marathon 2015, Tokyo

Tokyo Marathon 2015, Tokyo

22nd February, 2015 | Tokyo  

Tokyo Marathon draws over 30,000 runners and is usually won by an African, with good showings by Japanese runners.  




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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150224marathon.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.tokyo42195.org/2014en/






東京マラソン

Katsuyama Sagichou (Spring Fire Festival), Fukui Pref.

Katsuyama Sagichou (Spring Fire Festival), Fukui Pref.

21st & 22nd February, 2015 | Katsuyama City, Fukui Pref.

Fukui lies along the Sea of Japan, not far from Osaka or Kyoto.
With the sea to the west and beautiful snow-capped mountains to the east,
Fukui enjoys splendid scenery year-round. Visitors flock to Fukui to ski its numerous slopes, admire the rocky coastline, sunbathe on the sandy beaches, or relax in a hot spring.  




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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150223katsuyama.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.net-katsuyama.jp/docs/member/detail.php?cd=5





「勝山左義長まつり」福井県勝山市

Ofuku-Birakisai (Naked Festival) at Kui-Inari Shrine, Mihara City, Hiroshima Pref.

Ofuku-Birakisai (Naked Festival) at Kui-Inari Shrine, Mihara City, Hiroshima Pref.

21st February, 2015 | at Kui-Inari Shrine, Mihara City, Hiroshima Pref.

The port of Mihara sits pretty much in the center of Hiroshima prefecture’s Seto Inland Sea coastline, 20 minutes by bullet train from Hiroshima and right between Takehara and Onomichi.  





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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150216mihara.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.kankou.pref.hiroshima.jp/mihara/event/2262.html






「御福開祭 裸まつり」久井稲生神社(広島県三原市)

Feb 21, 2015

Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri, Okayama

Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri, Okayama

21st February, 2015 | Saidai-ji, Okayama
A mysterious and exciting night festival. Almost fully-naked men compete for good luck charms.  

One of the three most eccentric festivals of Japan.

Nine thousand men wearing only loincloths struggle fiercely with one another over a pair of lucky sacred sticks measuring 4 cm in diameter and 20 cm in length, thrown into the crowd by the priest from a window 4 m up.

Anyone who luckily gets hold of the shingi and thrusts them upright in a wooden measuring box known as a masu which is heaped with rice is called the lucky man, and is blessed with a year of happiness.
The other lucky items are bundles of willow strips, and although 100 of these are thrown into the crowd, it is not an easy task to catch them.




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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150216okayama.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]
official website ››  http://www.okayama-japan.jp/en/ | ››  http://www.saidaiji.jp/website/eyou








「会陽(えよう)」 裸祭り (岡山市)

Feb 20, 2015

Katsuura Big Dolls' Festival, Katuura City, Chiba Pref.

Katsuura Big Dolls' Festival, Katuura City, Chiba Pref.

20th February - 3rd March, 2015 | Katuura City, Chiba Pref.

Katsuura is a city located in southern Chiba Prefecture, Japan.  





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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150222doll.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.city.katsuura.chiba.jp/event/hinamatsuri.html






「かつうらビッグひな祭り」千葉県勝浦市

Feb 19, 2015

Nagasaki Lantern Festival

Nagasaki Lantern Festival

 

19th February - 5th March, 2015 | Nagasaki Prefecture  

Nagasaki Lantern Festival is a picturesque Chinese event featuring 15,000 lanterns in the shape of various creatures lit up daily during the festival period.
Chinese dragon dances and some other performing arts, colorful processions and many other events are scheduled during the period.





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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150210nagasaki.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.nagasaki-lantern.com/







長崎ランタンフェスティバル

Chinese New Year Festival at Nankin-machi, Kobe, Hyogo

Chinese New Year Festival at Nankin-machi, Kobe, Hyogo

19th - 22nd February, 2015 | at Nankin-machi, Kobe, Hyogo  

Nankin-machi is the only China Town in Kansai.
Abundant places to see including a splendid public rest room, Chinese cuisine, ingredients, etc. 





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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150209kobe.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.nankinmachi.or.jp/





「南京町 春節祭」神戸・元町

Feb 18, 2015

Hachinohe Enburi (Dancing and praying), Hachinohe, Aomori

Hachinohe Enburi (Dancing and praying), Hachinohe, Aomori

17th - 20th February, 2015 | Hachinohe, Aomori
Dancing and praying for a rich harvest. A dance expressing farm work to signal the arrival of the northern spring.  

Dancers called tayu, flute-players, drummers, players sounding bells known as kane and singers form groups of 10-30 members which parade through the city.
Every year, over 30 groups including children's groups wearing colorful costumes participate in this event.

This is a festival praying for a rich harvest, and in the old days the dancers used to carry farm tools called eburi when performing their dance.
Enburi, the name of this festival, is believed to have derived from this eburi.




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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150217aomori.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]
official website ››  http://www.michinokugodai.com/hachinohe02.html | ››  http://www.city.hachinohe.aomori.jp/kanko/festival/enburi/





八戸えんぶり(青森県)

Rooms (Fashion Trade Fair) at Yoyogi National Stadium 1st Gymnasium, Tokyo

Rooms (Fashion Trade Fair) at Yoyogi National Stadium 1st Gymnasium, Tokyo

17th - 19th February, 2015 | at Yoyogi National Stadium 1st Gymnasium, Tokyo

Yoyogi National Gymnasium is an arena in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo, Japan which is famous for its suspension roof design.  





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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150212rooms.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.roomsroom.com/






「Rooms」代々木体育館(東京)

Gobou-Kou (Burdock Roots Eating Festival), Echizen City, Fukui Pref.

Gobou-Kou (Burdock Roots Eating Festival), Echizen City, Fukui Pref.

17th February, 2015 | Echizen City, Fukui Pref.

Echizen has many former castle sites and prehistoric archeological sites. Echizen is known for its shrines and temples – well over 300.
For a year it was the home of Murasaki Shikibu, author of The Tale of Genji.
Her father was governor of Echizen Province in the Heian period.  





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150217echizen.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.fuku-e.com/




「ごぼう講」福井県越前市

Iced Waterfall Festival at Hirayu Hot Springs, Takayama City, Gifu Pref.

Iced Waterfall Festival at Hirayu Hot Springs, Takayama City, Gifu Pref.

15th - 25th February, 2015 | at Hirayu Hot Springs, Takayama City, Gifu Pref.

The city is popularly known as Hida-Takayama (飛騨高山), in reference to the old Hida Province, to differentiate it from other places named Takayama. The name 'Takayama' means 'tall mountain'.  




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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150215hirayu.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://hirayuonsen.or.jp/event01.htm





「平湯大滝結氷まつり」岐阜県高山市奥飛騨温泉郷平湯

Feb 16, 2015

Momoishi Enburi (Dancing and praying), Oirase Town, Aomori Pref.

Momoishi Enburi (Dancing and praying), Oirase Town, Aomori Pref.

15th - 17th February, 2015 | Oirase Town, Aomori Pref.

Oirase is located on the eastern coastline of Aomori Prefecture, facing the Pacific Ocean.
The land is mostly flat or slightly hilly, and is watered by the Oirase River.  






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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150215momoishi.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.aptinet.jp/Detail_display_00000689.html





「百石(ももいし)えんぶり」青森県上北郡おいらせ町

Feb 15, 2015

Kagi-Hiki matsuri (Log Tugging Battle) at Nakatsu Shrine, Kanoya, Kagoshima Pref.

Kagi-Hiki matsuri (Log Tugging Battle) at Nakatsu Shrine, Kanoya, Kagoshima Pref.

15th February, 2015 | at Nakatsu Shrine, Kanoya City, Kagoshima Pref.

Kanoya is a city in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan.  





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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150217kanoya.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] 
http://www.kanoyashi-kankokyokai.jp/event/event02.html





「かぎ引き祭り」中津神社(鹿児島県鹿屋市)

Akiyoshidai (karst tableland) Burning Ritual, Mine City, Yamaguchi Pref.

Akiyoshidai (karst tableland) Burning Ritual, Mine City, Yamaguchi Pref.

15th February, 2015 | Mine City, Yamaguchi Pref.

Mine is a city located in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.  





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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150217akiyoshidai.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://english.karusuto.com/





「秋吉台の山焼き」山口県美祢市

Dengaku-Nohmai (traditional masked dance-drama) at Ukan Shrine, Ikeda Town, Fukui Pref.

Dengaku-Nohmai (traditional masked dance-drama) at Ukan Shrine, Ikeda Town, Fukui Pref.

15th February, 2015 | at Ukan Shrine, Ikeda Town, Fukui Pref.

Ikeda is a town located in Imadate District, Fukui Prefecture, Japan.  




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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150215ikeda.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.e-ikeda.jp/see/spots03.html






「水海の田楽能舞」鵜甘神社(福井県池田町水海)

Japan Grand Prix International Orchid Festival at the Tokyo Dome, Tokyo

Japan Grand Prix International Orchid Festival at the Tokyo Dome, Tokyo

14th - 22nd February, 2015 | at the Tokyo Dome, Tokyo  

Japan Grand Prix International Orchid Festival at the Tokyo Dome features 80,000 orchids from 24 countries.

The 3,000 species on display represent 10 percent of the world's orchid species.

Tickets cost about ¥2,000 at the door. The events draws large crowds.
There are competitions for the best orchid in several different classes, an "Orchid Fantasy of Light" show, lectures and instructions on growing orchids and over 150 tables and booths with orchids and orchid-growing gear for sale.





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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150216orchid.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.jgpweb.com/





「世界らん展日本大賞」東京ドーム

Yokote Kamakura Snow Festival, Akita

Yokote Kamakura Snow Festival, Akita

14th - 16th February, 2015 | Yokote, Akita
A fantastic world appearing on a snow country evening. Chatting with children in rooms made of snow.  

A room made by carving out a mound of snow is called a kamakura.
In Yokote City, more than 100 kamakura and countless miniature kamakura are made.
The candle lights of these snow white kamakura produce a quiet, beautiful spectacle against the darkness.

This 400 year old festival is said to have its origins in the traditional event of returning New Year decorations to the gods by burning them, and also in the custom of children chasing away birds damaging crops.

Inside the kamakura, an altar is set up to honor the water gods and to pray for plenty of clear water, while sake and rice cakes are offered to the gods.

Passers-by are invited by the children, in Akita dialect, to come inside the kamakura and drink some sweet fermented rice brew.
Everyone has a good time chatting while eating rice cakes and sweets, which is the conventional way of spending time in kamakura.

On the other hand, numerous rows of tiny kamakura stand in the grounds of the Yokote Minami Primary School in the city, with the lights shining from within creating a very romantic scene.  





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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150215akita.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.akitafan.com/en/index.html





横手のかまくら(雪祭り)(秋田県)

Mt. Tateyama Snow Illumination Festival, Toyama Pref.

Mt. Tateyama Snow Illumination Festival, Toyama Pref.

14th & 15th February, 2015 | at Tateyama Ski Area, Toyama Pref.

Colorfully illuminated trees which are dotted in the snow field create a fantasy world.
The festival site is crowded with families every year, and at night becomes a secret dating spot.

Ohyama region's specialties and the local pot dish, Sanroku-nabe will warm up your body and soul.
The festival offers a variety of entertainment such as YOSAKOI dance, a Kanjiki (traditional snowshoes) nature walk, fortune telling in a snow hut, futsal games in the snow field, and fireworks displays at night.  





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150216tateyama.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://visit-toyama.com/en/entry.php?nid=321






立山山麓「雪の祭典」富山市

Tenka-sai (Naked Festival for peace and prosperity), Toyota City, Aichi Pref.

Tenka-sai (Naked Festival for peace and prosperity), Toyota City, Aichi Pref.

14th & 15th February, 2015 | Toyota City, Aichi Pref.

Tenka Festival is festival which can make prayers wish comes true by touching the well water used for Ieyasu, the Japan's great shogun's birth since it is believed he made Matsudaira Chiuzi's wish "the world (Japan) peace" fulfilled.
The must see of this festival, "Nerikomi" and "Tamazeri" by heroic naked men in loincloth figure will start around 2:00.  





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150209toyota.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.citytoyota-kankou-jp.org/spot/82/





「裸まつり 天下祭」愛知県豊田市松平町

Uesugi Yuki-Tourou Matsuri (Snow Festival), Yonezawa, Yamagata

Uesugi Yuki-Tourou Matsuri (Snow Festival), Yonezawa, Yamagata

14th - 15th February, 2015 | Yonezawa, Yamagata

Yonezawa may be an unassuming rural town today, but it was once a grand castle town home to the Uesugi clan (上杉氏 Uesugi-shi), one of the most powerful families during Japan's Muromachi and Sengoku periods (14-17th century).  





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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150209yonezawa.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://yukidourou.yonezawa.info/





上杉雪灯篭まつり(山形県米沢市)

Feb 14, 2015

Amekko-Ichi (Candy Market Festival), Odate City, Akita Pref.

Amekko-Ichi (Candy Market Festival), Odate City, Akita Pref.

14th & 15th February, 2015 | Odate City, Akita Pref.
Ōdate is located in the mountains of northern Akita Prefecture, with the Ou Mountains on the east and Aomori Prefecture to the north.
The city is a basin surrounded by mountains on all sides.
Part of the city is within the borders of the Towada-Hachimantai National Park.
Much of the city area is covered in forest. Due to its inland location, the city is noted for its heavy snowfall in winter.  





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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150209candy.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]
http://www.akitafan.com/sightseeing/detail.html?data_id=949






「大館アメッコ市」秋田県大館市

Hasedera Dadaoshi (Kickout Devil Festival) at Hasedera Temple, Sakurai City, Nara

Hasedera Dadaoshi (Kickout Devil Festival) at Hasedera Temple, Sakurai City, Nara

14th February, 2015 | at Hasedera Temple, Sakurai City, Nara

Originally known as Hatsuse, Hasedera temple in Nara Prefecture was a popular, if arduous, pilgrimage for Heian-era ladies, and a stop for other pilgrims on their way to the Grand Shrine at Ise.  





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]  http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150214hasedera.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]   http://www.kasugano.com/kankou/hasedera/





「長谷寺だだおし」奈良県桜井市

Anyoji Temple Eyo (Naked Festival), Mimasaka City, Okayama Pref.

Anyoji Temple Eyo (Naked Festival), Mimasaka City, Okayama Pref.

14th February, 2015 | Mimasaka City, Okayama Pref.
The 16th century village Miyamoto, considered the birthplace of Miyamoto Musashi, is part of present-day Mimasaka.  





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150209mimasaka.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] 
http://kanko.city.mimasaka.lg.jp/detail/index_64.html





「安養寺会陽(はだか祭り)」岡山県美作市

ice Candle Festival at Nobeyama Hightland, Nagano Pref.

ice Candle Festival at Nobeyama Hightland, Nagano Pref.

14th February, 2015 | at Nobeyama Hightland, Nagano Pref.

Nobeyama, combined with the neighboring Kawakami village, now boasts the top production of leafy veggies in Summer like luttuces and Chinese cabbages.  





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150209nobeyama.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.kanko-nobeyama.jp/





「野辺山高原アイスキャンドルフェスティバル」長野県 南牧村農村 文化情報交流館

Feb 13, 2015

Osaka Auto Messe 2015 at INTEX OSAKA, Suminoe, Osaka

Osaka Auto Messe 2015 at INTEX OSAKA, Suminoe, Osaka

13th - 15th February, 2015 | at INTEX OSAKA, Suminoe, Osaka

Japan's biggest international exhibition space, INTEX Osaka, with exhibitions, trade fairs, and sales events held daily!  




# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150209oam.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.automesse.jp/




「大阪オートメッセ」インテックス大阪

Tanokami Matsuri (Flower Hat Festival), Gero Hot Springs, Gifu Pref.

Tanokami Matsuri (Flower Hat Festival), Gero Hot Springs, Gifu Pref.

13th & 14th February, 2015 | at Mori-Minashi-Hachiman Shrine, Gero Hot Springs, Gifu Pref.

The Confucian, Razan Hayashi who served Tokugawa shoguns in Edo period highly praised Gero Hot Springs for its quality.
Since He wrote that the Springs of Kusatsu, Arima and Gero are the best of all Hot Springs in Japan in his poetry, Gero Hot Springs have been one of the three Hot Springs of Japan.  






# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150214gero.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.city.gero.lg.jp/kankou/view.rbz?cd=302






「田の神祭り(花笠まつり)」森水無八幡神社(岐阜県下呂市)

Namahage Sedo Matsuri (Namahage & Snow Festival), Oga, Akita

Namahage Sedo Matsuri (Namahage & Snow Festival), Oga, Akita

13th - 14th February, 2015 | Oga, Akita Prefecture

The Namahage Sedo Festival is a combination of the Shinto “Saitousai” ritual held on January 3rd at Shinzan Shrine in Kitaura, Oga City and a traditional “Namahage” event begun in 1964 and held on the second Friday, Saturday and Sunday of February every year at Shinzan Shrine.
This festival starts at the grounds of Shinzan Shrine.  






# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150208oga.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.city.oga.akita.jp/






なまはげ柴灯(せど)まつり 秋田県男鹿市北浦 真山神社

Feb 12, 2015

Takeuchi (bamboo battle Festival), Misato Town, Akita

Takeuchi (bamboo battle Festival), Misato Town, Akita

11th - 15th (with the main event on the 15th) February, 2015 | Misato Town, Akita  

Takeuchi is best translated as bamboo battle, and this event is aptly named.
The district divides into north and south, and at the sound of a bamboo flute, the men charge each other, wielding 7-meter-long bamboo poles in heroic battle for this thrilling festival.






# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150215misato.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.pref.akita.jp/koho/foreign/en/0110.html





竹うち 秋田県美郷町(諏訪神社前)

Feb 11, 2015

Sunakake Matsuri (Sand Spreading Festival), at Hirose Shrine, Kawai Town, Nara Pref.

Sunakake Matsuri (Sand Spreading Festival), at Hirose Shrine, Kawai Town, Nara Pref.

11th February, 2015 | at Hirose Shrine, Kawai Town, Nara Pref.

Kawai is a town located in Kitakatsuragi District, Nara Prefecture, Japan.  





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150211suna.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.pref.nara.jp/dd_aspx_menuid-17615.htm






「砂かけ祭」廣瀬神社(奈良県北葛城郡河合町)

Damine Dengaku (Devil Fire Dance Festival), Shitara Town, Aichi

Damine Dengaku (Devil Fire Dance Festival), Shitara Town, Aichi

11th February, 2015 | Shitara Town, Aichi Pref.

Shitara is located in the extreme northeast corner of Aichi Prefecture.
Much of the town’s area is covered by mountains and forest, and portions of the town are within the borders of the Tenryū-Okumikawa Quasi-National Park.  




# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150211shitara.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://sitarakankou.on.arena.ne.jp/daminedengaku.htm





「田峯田楽」田峯観音(愛知県設楽町)

Hirugaya Ta-Asobi (Dancing and praying), at Hiruko Shrine, Mikinohara, Shizuoka

Hirugaya Ta-Asobi (Dancing and praying), at Hiruko Shrine, Mikinohara, Shizuoka

11th February, 2015 | at Hiruko Shrine, Mikinohara City, Shizuoka Pref.

Makinohara is a city in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.
It is a coastal city on the island of Honshū next to Suruga Bay. Nearby cities are: Omaezaki, Kikugawa, Shimada, and Yoshida.  





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150211hiruko.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] 
http://www.city.makinohara.shizuoka.jp/bg/kyoiku_bunka/ent/720.html





「蛭ヶ谷の田遊び」蛭児神社(静岡県牧之原市)

Sumituke Matsuri (Japanese Ink Painting), Tamamura Town, Gunma

Sumituke Matsuri (Japanese Ink Painting), Tamamura Town, Gunma

11th February, 2015 | Tamamura Town, Gunma

Tamamura is a town located in Sawa District, Gunma Prefecture, Japan.  




# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150211sumituke.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.town.tamamura.lg.jp/




「すみつけ祭り」群馬県佐波郡玉村町

Shishimai (Lion Dance Festival) at Kitanokoya, Togane City, Chiba

Shishimai (Lion Dance Festival) at Kitanokoya, Togane City, Chiba

11th February, 2015 | at Kitanokoya, Togane City, Chiba Pref.

Tōgane is known for strawberry picking in February and March.
Strawberries are grown in greenhouses. Because there is not much industry remaining in some rural areas of Japan like Tōgane, antique markets are gaining popularity as old farmhouses are torn down.  




# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150209kitanokoya.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.city.togane.chiba.jp/





「北之幸谷の獅子舞」千葉県東金市

Daruma Doll Market at Shirakawa City, Fukushima

 
Daruma Doll Market at Shirakawa City, Fukushima

11th February, 2015 | at Shirakawa City, Fukushima  

A daruma doll is an ornament shaped like egg with a human face and no hands or legs.

A daruma is a piece of folk art, shaped like Dharma (the founder of a Buddhist sect) seated in a kneeling position, and made from paper mache, paper pasted over wood or bamboo, etc. It's customary to paint the eyes in on a giant daruma after winning an election.





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150212sirakawa.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://shirakawa315.com/eng/index.html







白河だるま市(福島県白河市)

Kasedori (Straw Bird Festival), Ueyama, Yamagata

 
Kasedori (Straw Bird Festival), Ueyama, Yamagata

11th February, 2015 | Ueyama, Yamagata Prefecture

Yamagata is best known for its cherries; the small, bright red fruit is an icon for the largely agriculture-based northern prefecture.  





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150211ueyama.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://yamagatakanko.com/







「カセ鳥、カセ鳥、お祝だ。カッ、カッ、カーッ」山形県上山市

Wanko-Soba Eating Competition, Hanamaki City, Iwate Pref.

Wanko-Soba Eating Competition, Hanamaki City, Iwate Pref.

11th February, 2015 | Hanamaki City, Iwate Pref.  

Wanko-soba, which is buckwheat noodles served in small bowls, originated in the city.
Usually, men can eat around 50 bowls of wanko soba, while women can eat about 30. 





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150211wanko.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.kanko-hanamaki.ne.jp/event/event_detail.php?







「わんこそば全日本大会」岩手県花巻市

Feb 10, 2015

Oni Matsuri (Devil Festival), at Akumi Kanbe Sinmeisha Shrine, Toyohashi, Aichi

Oni Matsuri (Devil Festival), at Akumi Kanbe Sinmeisha Shrine, Toyohashi, Aichi

10th - 11th February, 2015 | at Akumi Kanbe Sinmeisha Shrine, Toyohashi, Aichi

Toyohashi is a city in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.  






# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150210toyohashi.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.honokuni.or.jp/toyohashi/





安久美神戸神明社の鬼祭り(愛知県豊橋市)