Jan 31, 2016

Tsubaki Matsuri (Camellia Festival), Oshima island, Tokyo

Tsubaki Matsuri (Camellia Festival), Oshima island, Tokyo

31st January - 21st March, 2016 | Oshima island, Tokyo  

Various species of camellia are usually in bloom during the festival period on this island.
A demonstration of folk dance is held at Motomachi Port on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.






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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160127tsubaki.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://tokaikisen-tsubaki.jp/




伊豆大島 椿まつり

Tableware Festival, at Tokyo Dome, Kouraku, Tokyo

Tableware Festival, at Tokyo Dome, Kouraku, Tokyo

31st January - 8th February, 2016 | at Tokyo Dome, Kouraku, Tokyo
Tokyo Dome (東京ドーム Tōkyō Dōmu, TYO: 9681) is a 55,000-seat baseball stadium located in Bunkyo Ward of Tokyo, Japan. Construction on the stadium began on May 16, 1985, and it opened for business on March 17, 1988.  






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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160204tableware.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/tableware/







「テーブルウェアフェスティバル [暮らしを彩る器展]」東京ドーム

Omottsuan (Big Rice Cake Festival) at Aika Town, Matsue City, Shimane Pref.

Omottsuan (Big Rice Cake Festival) at Aika Town, Matsue City, Shimane Pref.

31st January - 7th February, 2016 | at Aika Town, Matsue City, Shimane Pref.
Matsue is the capital city of Shimane Prefecture, in Southwest Japan. Known as the “City of Water”, Matsue stands by the Sea of Japan where Lake Shinji and Nakaumi meet, in the middle of Shimane Peninsula.
A former feudal stronghold, Matsue is a true castle town crossed with many canals and boasts one of the twelve remaining original castles in Japan. Famous for its beautiful sunsets over Lake Shinji, Matsue also prides itself on having been the adopted home of the writer Lafcadio Hearn, who became one of the first Westerners to take Japanese citizenship under the name of Koizumi Yakumo.
As an International City of Culture and Tourism, Matsue offers great sightseeing opportunities and welcomes international tourists with significant discounts. Matsue and its surrounding areas are rich in cultural assets and historical sites, and many of Japan's most ancient legends are set in the area.  





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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160203matsue.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.kankou-matsue.jp/index.html






「秋鹿の大餅さん(アイカノオオモチサン)」島根県松江市

Winter Festival on Hot Springs of Katayamazu, Kaga City, Ishikawa Pref.

Winter Festival on Hot Springs of Katayamazu, Kaga City, Ishikawa Pref.

31st January, 2016 | Kaga City, Ishikawa Pref.
Kaga Onsen (加賀温泉) is a collection of four hot spring towns south of Kanazawa, not far from Mount Hakusan, one of Japan's "three holiest mountains" (alongside Mount Fuji and Mount Tateyama). The hot springs were discovered over 1300 years ago by monks visiting Hakusan, and have been popular, highly rated onsen destinations ever since.  






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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160124katayamazu.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.katayamazu-spa.or.jp/






「湯あがり雪まつりin片山津温泉」石川県加賀市

Karuizawa Winter Festival 2016

Karuizawa Winter Festival 2016

30th January - 14th February, 2016 | Karuizawa Winter Festival - White Christmas & Valentaine in Karuizawa, Nagano
The main streets of the town are illuminated.





# For the details, please access to the followings;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/151207karuizawa.html
[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

Iwate Winter Festival 2015, Shizukuishi Town, Iwate Pref.

Iwate Winter Festival 2015, Shizukuishi Town, Iwate Pref.

31st January - 8th February, 2015 | Shizukuishi Town, Iwate Pref.
Shizukuishi is located in the Ōu Mountains of west-central Iwate Prefecture, bordering Akita Prefecture to the west. Mount Iwate, an active volcano, lies just to the north of Shizukuishi and dominates the landscape.
The Ōu Mountains form the boundary to the west as well with Akita Komagatake, another active volcano, just across the border in Akita Prefecture.  






# For the details, please access to the followings;

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





「いわて雪まつり」 岩手県 盛岡・雫石ゾーン

Jan 29, 2016

Japan Fishing Festival 2016 at Pacifico Yokohama, Kanagawa Pref.

Japan Fishing Festival 2016 at Pacifico Yokohama, Kanagawa Pref.

29th - 31st January, 2016 | at Pacifico Yokohama, Kanagawa Pref.
Pacifico Yokohama is a convention center in Japan located in the western region of Minato Mirai Nishi-ku Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture.
The word "Pacifico" which stands for "Pacific" is derived from the Latin "pacificus" ("peace" in English), primarily meaning "peaceful" or "quiet".  






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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160322fish.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.jaftma-jaff.com/







 「国際フィッシングショー2016」パシフィコ横浜(神奈川県)

One-Pot Cooking Battle (Nabe Gassen), Wako City, Saitama Pref.

One-Pot Cooking Battle (Nabe Gassen), Wako City, Saitama Pref.

30th & 31st January, 2016 | Wako City, Saitama Pref.
Nabemono (鍋物, なべ物, nabe "cooking pot" + mono "thing or things, object, matter") or simply called nabe, refers to a variety of Japanese hot pot dishes, also known as one pot dishes.  





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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160127nabe.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://wako-sci.or.jp/nabe





「ニッポン全国鍋合戦」埼玉県和光市

Tuna Tuna Tuna! (Maguro Festival), Nachi-Katsuura Town, Wakayama Pref.

Tuna Tuna Tuna! (Maguro Festival), Nachi-Katsuura Town, Wakayama Pref.

30th January, 2016 | Nachi-Katsuura Town, Wakayama Pref.
The Kumano Nachi Taisha, one of the three Kumano Shrines, is in Nachi Katsuura. These shrines form part of the "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range" UNESCO World Heritage Site.  





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160126tuna.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.nachikan.jp/event/winter/






「まぐろ祭り」和歌山県 那智勝浦町

Jan 28, 2016

Winter Festival on northern latitude of 45 degrees, Nakatonbetsu, Hokkaido

Winter Festival on northern latitude of 45 degrees, Nakatonbetsu, Hokkaido
30th January, 2016 | Nakatonbetsu, Hokkaido 
Nakatombetsu (中頓別町 Nakatombetsu-chō) is a town located in Esashi District, Sōya Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan.







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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160126nakatonbetsu.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.town.nakatombetsu.hokkaido.jp/






「北緯45度しばれまつり」北海道枝幸郡中頓別町

Jan 27, 2016

Wintet Festival at Lake Shikotsu, Hokkaido

Wintet Festival at Lake Shikotsu, Hokkaido

29th January - 21st February, 2016 | at Lake Shikotsu, Hokkaido
Lake Shikotsu is located in the south-west part of Hokkaidō. It has an average depth of 265 metres (869 ft) and a maximum depth of 363 metres (1,191 ft), making it the second deepest lake in Japan, after Lake Tazawa.
It is the 8th-largest lake by surface area in Japan and the second largest of Japan's caldera lakes, surpassed only by Lake Kussharo.  







# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160125shikotuko.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.shikotsuko.com/activity/event.html








千歳・支笏湖氷濤まつり(北海道)

Jan 25, 2016

Tengu Matsuri (the Long Red-nosed Festival), Shimokitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo

Tengu Matsuri (the Long Red-nosed Festival), Shimokitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo

29th - 31st January, 2016 | Shimokitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo  

Shimokita Tengu Matsuri or Long Red-nosed Goblins Festival is held at Shinryuji Temple and on the shopping streets of Shimokitazawa, Setagaya-ku.
A parade of Tengu (men with long red-nosed masks) is held and then Mamemaki (a bean-throwing ceremony) is held at Shinryuji Temple.






# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160201shimokita.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.shimokita1ban.com/omatsuri/tenguuuu.html







しもきた天狗まつり 真龍寺(東京都世田谷区)

Jan 24, 2016

Hibuse-Matsuri (Fire Festival) at Manpukuji Temple, Odawara City, Kanagawa

Hibuse-Matsuri (Fire Festival) at Manpukuji Temple, Odawara City, Kanagawa

28th January, 2016 | at Manpukuji Temple, Odawara City, Kanagawa
Odawara occupies the Ashigara Plains, in the far western portion of Kanagawa Prefecture.
It is bordered by the Hakone Mountains to the north and west, the Sakawa River to the east and Sagami Bay of the Pacific Ocean to the south.  





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160128manpuku.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.city.odawara.kanagawa.jp/





「満福寺の火伏まつり」満福寺(神奈川県 小田原市)

Morozaki Sagichou Matsuri (Fishermans' Festival), Minami-Chita, Aichi

Morozaki Sagichou Matsuri (Fishermans' Festival), Minami-Chita, Aichi

24th January, 2016 | Minami-Chita, Aichi
Minamichita is located in the extreme southern tip of Chita Peninsula in southern Aichi Prefecture, including a number of islands in Mikawa Bay. The town is bordered by Mikawa Bay to the east, and Ise Bay to the west. Part of the town’s area are within the borders of the Mikawa Wan Quasi-National Park.  









# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160127sagicho.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://minamichita-kk.com/event/index.php?page=1







 「師崎左義長まつり」 愛知県南知多町

Nonotake-Hakusan Festival (Mt. Nono Ceremony) at Konbouji Temple, Wakuya Town, Miyagi

Nonotake-Hakusan Festival (Mt. Nono Ceremony) at Konbouji Temple, Wakuya Town, Miyagi

24th January, 2016 | at Konbouji Temple, Wakuya Town, Miyagi
Wakuya (涌谷町 Wakuya-chō) is a town located in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. The town had an estimated population of 17,000 and a population density of 200 persons per km². The total area was 82.08 km². The area is noted for its rice production.  









# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160127nonotake.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.miyagi-kankou.or.jp/wom/o-1323







「箟岳白山祭」箟岳山箟峯寺(宮城県 涌谷町)

Jan 23, 2016

Swan Festival at Tokachigawa Hot Springs, Otofuke Town, Hokkaido

Swan Festival at Tokachigawa Hot Springs, Otofuke Town, Hokkaido

23rd January - 28th February, 2016 | at Tokachigawa Hot Springs, Otofuke Town, Hokkaido 

Otofuke (音更町 Otofuke-chō) is a town located in Katō District, Tokachi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan.






# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160126swan.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.tokachigawa.net/







「十勝川白鳥まつり彩凛華」北海道 音更町

Ice Sculpture Festival at Matsumoto Catsle, Nagano Pref.

Ice Sculpture Festival at Matsumoto Catsle, Nagano Pref.

23rd - 24th January, 2016 | at Matsumoto Catsle, Nagano Pref.
Matsumoto Castle is one of the most complete and beautiful among Japan's original castles.
It is a "hirajiro" - a castle built on plains rather than on a hill or mountain. Matsumoto Castle is unique for having both a secondary donjon and a turret adjoined to its main keep.
The castle structures, in combination with their characteristic black wainscoting, give off an air of grandeur and poise.  





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160126ice.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.go-nagano.net/






「国宝松本城氷彫フェスティバル」長野県松本市

Sake as Cancer Drug (Sasa-Zake Matsuri) at Daianji Temple, Nara City

Sake as Cancer Drug (Sasa-Zake Matsuri) at Daianji Temple, Nara City

23rd January, 2016 | at Daianji Temple, Nara City
Daian-ji (大安寺) was founded during the Asuka period and is one of the Seven Great Temples of Nara, Japan.  





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160123cancer.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.daianji.or.jp/







「光仁会(こうにんえ)がん封じ・ささ酒祭り」奈良市大安寺

Jan 22, 2016

Wakakusa Yamayaki, Nara | 23rd January, 2016

Wakakusa Yamayaki, Nara | 23rd January, 2016

The Wakakusa Yamayaki is an annual festival during which the grass on the hillside of Nara's Mount Wakakusayama is set on fire.  
The mountain is located at the eastern end of Nara Park, and when it is set alight it can be seen throughout the city.
The burning of the mountain itself is preceded by a fireworks display.
The festival takes places every year on the fourth Saturday in January, but may be delayed to the following Saturday in case of bad weather.





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160126nara.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.kasugano.com/wakakusayama/




若草山焼き (奈良)

Hanaoke-Katsugi (Flower Tub Carrying), Oyama City, Tochigi Pref.

Hanaoke-Katsugi (Flower Tub Carrying), Oyama City, Tochigi Pref.

23rd January, 2016 | Oyama City, Tochigi Pref.
The city is centred on Omoigawa River. Oyama was elevated to city status on March 31, 1954. One of the major employers in the city is Komatsu making iron castings, diesel engines, fork lift trucks and other hydraulic equipment.  








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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160126hana.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] 
http://www.city.oyama.tochigi.jp/gyosei/shokai/eizoudeoyama/hanaoke.html









「花桶かつぎ」栃木県小山市

Kamezuka Neriba (Big Sacred Rope Parade), Seirou Town, Niigata Pref.

Kamezuka Neriba (Big Sacred Rope Parade), Seirou Town, Niigata Pref.

23rd January, 2016 | Seirou Town, Niigata Pref.  








# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160126seirou.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.niigata-kankou.or.jp/sys/data?page-id=2246









「亀塚練馬」新潟県聖籠町

Jan 21, 2016

Shiwasu Matsuri (Fire Festival), Misato Town, Miyazaki Pref.

Shiwasu Matsuri (Fire Festival), Misato Town, Miyazaki Pref.

22nd - 24th January, 2016 | Misato Town, Miyazaki Pref.
Misato (美郷町 Misato-chō) is a town located in Higashiusuki District, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan. The town was formed on January 1, 2006 from the merger of the villages of Kitagō, Nangō and Saigō, all from Higashiusuki District.  





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160125misato.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.town.miyazaki-misato.lg.jp/2524.htm








「師走まつり」宮崎県 美郷町

International Jewellery Show, Tokyo

International Jewellery Show, Tokyo

20th - 23rd January, 2016 | at Tokyo Big Sight, Ariake, Tokyo
IJT is Japan's largest and international jewellery trade show.
A wide variety of products in the jewellery industry gathers under one roof in the world trend-setting city, Tokyo.
1,000 companies from 30 countries are expected to participate this year.






# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160123jewel.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.ijt.jp/en/home/





「国際宝飾展」東京ビッグサイト

Jan 20, 2016

Kanno-Mizu (Cold Water Taking Festival), Miyota Town, Nagano Pref.

Kanno-Mizu (Cold Water Taking Festival), Miyota Town, Nagano Pref.

20th January, 2016 | Miyota Town, Nagano Pref.
Miyota (御代田町 Miyota-machi) is a town located in Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. As of April 2007, the town has an estimated population of 14,231 and a density of 242.12 persons per km². The total area is 58.78 km².  






# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160120miyota.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.town.miyota.nagano.jp/








「寒の水」長野県 御代田町

Hot Springs Festival at Kawarayu-Onsen, Gunma Pref.

Hot Springs Festival at Kawarayu-Onsen, Gunma Pref.

20th January, 2016 | at Kawarayu-Onsen, Gunma Pref.
Need a relaxing vacation where your problems drift away in soothing, warm, natural spring water?

Come visit the resort village of Kawarayu Hot Springs, where you can emerge yourself in the healing waters and traditional Japanese culture.

A variety of hotels offer a relaxing atmosphere in a traditional setting, where you can enjoy the hot springs, local dishes, and community festivals.

The tradition-filled mystical Yukake Festival is said to have been running for some 400 years, where on the morning of the coldest day of the year January 20th, termed “daikan” (or "大寒"), heroic young men bearing traditional fundoshi-wear splash hot water on one another.

This sight-to-see festival will be held January 20th in Kawarayu Hot Spring’s Ōyu-mae special venue grounds, roughly an hour’s drive away from Kanetsu expressway’s Shibukawa-Ikaho interchange.  









# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160120kawarayu.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.kawarayu.jp/access.html








「川原湯温泉 湯かけ祭り」群馬県長野原町

Jan 19, 2016

Obisha! (Lion Dance Festival) at Hiregasaki, Nagareyama City, Chiba Pref.

Obisha! (Lion Dance Festival) at Hiregasaki, Nagareyama City, Chiba Pref.

 

20th January, 2016 | at Hiregasaki, Nagareyama City, Chiba Pref.
Nagareyama is located in the far northwestern corner of Chiba Prefecture, bordered by the Edogawa River to the west.  





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160120obisha.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://maruchiba.jp/sys/data/index/page/id/13768







「鰭ケ崎のオビシャ」千葉県流山市

Imafuku Hebitsuna (Snake Gragon Festival), Miyazu City, Kyoto

Imafuku Hebitsuna (Snake Gragon Festival), Miyazu City, Kyoto

19th January, 2016 | Miyazu City, Kyoto
Miyazu (宮津市 Miyazu-shi) is a city located in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan.
The city was founded on June 1, 1954. As of May 31, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 21,512, with 8,360 households and a population density of 127.06 persons per km². The total area is 169.31 km².  





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160119hebi.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.amanohashidate.jp/








「今福の蛇綱」京都府宮津市今福地区

Jan 18, 2016

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

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

17th January, 2016 | 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;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160113kyoto.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]
official website ››  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)

Heto Mato (Fishermans' Festival), Goto Island, Nagasaki Pref.

Heto Mato (Fishermans' Festival), Goto Island, Nagasaki Pref.

17th January, 2016 | Goto Island, Nagasaki Pref.
The Gotō Islands (五島列島 Gotō-rettō, literally: "five-island archipelago") are Japanese islands in the East China Sea, off the western coast of Kyūshū. They are part of Nagasaki Prefecture.  









# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160120hetomato.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.nagasaki-tabinet.com/guide/337/








「ヘトマト」長崎県五島市

Jan 17, 2016

Matobakai Festival (shooting three arrows), Tamana, Kumamoto

Matobakai Festival (shooting three arrows), Tamana, Kumamoto

17th January, 2016 | at Shiouji Shrine, Tamana, Kumamoto  

Matobakai or Hamayumi-sai Festival of Shiouji Shrine, Nagasu-machi, Kumamoto Pref.

Hamayumi Sansha-sai, shooting three arrows to commence the ceremony, takes place from around 11 am. And then, Matobakai, loin-clothed youths scrambling for a round straw mat, 60 cm in diameter and 6 kg in weight, is held first at the Shrine's precincts from 1 pm.





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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160120kumamoto.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] 
http://kumanago.jp/event/?mode=detail&isEvent=1&id=430000000957





破魔弓祭(的ばかい)四王子神社(熊本県玉名郡長洲町)

Daikan Misogi (ablution in cold water), Kashima Jingu Shrine, Ibaragi Pref.

Daikan Misogi (ablution in cold water), Kashima Jingu Shrine, Ibaragi Pref.

17th January, 2016 | Kashima Jingu Shrine, Ibaragi Pref.
Kashima Shrine is located at the top of the Kashima plateau in south-east Ibaraki Prefecture (茨城県 Ibaraki-ken), intersecting Kitaura (北浦) and Kashimanada (鹿島灘).
Before the Meiji restoration, together with Ise Grand Shrine (伊勢神宮 Ise Jingū) and Katori Shrine (香取神宮 Katori Jingū), all three were given status as Jingū (神宮). A shrine of high Imperial status.  





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160120kashima.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.city.kashima.ibaraki.jp/kankou/





「大寒禊」茨城県鹿嶋市 鹿島神宮

Naked Parade at Shizukuishi Town, Iwate Pref.

Naked Parade at Shizukuishi Town, Iwate Pref.

17th January, 2016 | at Shizukuishi Town, Iwate Pref.
Shizukuishi is located in the Ōu Mountains of west-central Iwate Prefecture, bordering Akita Prefecture to the west. Mount Iwate, an active volcano, lies just to the north of Shizukuishi and dominates the landscape.  





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160120shizukuishi.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.iwatetabi.jp/event/detail/03301/51.html





「雫石町裸参り」三社座神社~永昌寺(岩手県)

Jan 16, 2016

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

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

17th January, 2016 | 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;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160117akita.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)

Takoage & Dondoyaki (Flying Kite & Fire Festival) at Tone River, Toride City, Ibaragi

Takoage & Dondoyaki (Flying Kite & Fire Festival) at Tone River, Toride City, Ibaragi

16th January, 2016 | at Tone River, Toride City, Ibaragi
Toride is located on the JR East Joban Line, and is near the Joban Expressway (which passes through neighboring Moriya).
It is only 40 minutes to Ueno Station in Tokyo on one of the frequent express trains. For this reason, it is a popular bedroom community for many who work in Tokyo.
It is also the terminus for the Joso Line, a diesel powered train, which heads off towards Moriya and Shimodate.  





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160112takodon.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.toride-kankou.net/takodon




「とりで利根川たこあげ大会」茨城県取手市

Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 at Makuhari Messe, Chiba

Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 at Makuhari Messe, Chiba

15th - 17th January, 2016 | at Makuhari Messe, Chiba  

TOKYO AUTO SALON is held during 9th - 11th January, 2016, at Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall (Makuhari Messe,Inc./2-1 Nakase, Mihama-ku, Chiba-city, Chiba).



Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 at Makuhari Messe, Chiba




# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160111autosalon.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.tokyoautosalon.jp/






「東京オートサロン」幕張メッセ(千葉県)

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/160115boro.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

Guardians Festival at Nozawa Hot Springs, Nagano pref.

Guardians Festival at Nozawa Hot Springs, Nagano pref.

15th January, 2016 | at Nozawa Hot Springs, Nagano pref.
Nozawa Onsen, at the base of the Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, is a nostalgic old hot spring town made up of narrow lanes and canals lined by hotels, ryokan, shops, restaurants and bars.
The town is well regarded for its hot springs which are a relaxing diversion after a day of skiing. Visitors can bathe at one of more than a dozen small, public bath houses scattered about town.  





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160115nozawa.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.nozawakai.or.jp/






「道祖神祭り」野沢温泉(長野県) ※ 日本三大火祭の一つ。

Jan 15, 2016

Sandera Mairi in Hida, Gifu Prefecture

Sandera Mairi in Hida, Gifu Prefecture

15th January, 2016 | 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.


Sandera Mairi in Hida, Gifu Prefecture




# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160115sandera.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

Chakkirako (girls dancing festival) at Kainan Shrine, Miura City, Kanagawa Pref.

Chakkirako (girls dancing festival) at Kainan Shrine, Miura City, Kanagawa Pref.

15th January, 2016 | at Kainan Shrine, Miura City, Kanagawa Pref.
Miura is located on the very southern portion of the Miura Peninsula in south-east Kanagawa Prefecture, surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean, with Sagami Bay to the west. To the south of the urban area and port is the island of Jōgashima, connected to the city by a bridge.
It is a popular destination for weekend tourism.  






# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160115chakkirako.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.city.miura.kanagawa.jp/hisho/eng/index.html






「チャッキラコ」海南神社(神奈川県三浦市)

Mukonage / Suminuri, Tokamachi, Niigata

Mukonage / Suminuri, Tokamachi, Niigata

15th January, 2016 | Tokamachi, Niigata  
"Throwing Husband and Painting face with Black."

 Muko Nage is a curious ritual in Matsunoyama, Niigata Prefecture, in which men who were married the previous year are tossed into the snow by their in laws.


Mukonage / Suminuri, Tokamachi, Niigata



# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160115tokamachi.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] 
http://www.tokamachishikankou.jp/modules/gnavi/index.php?lid=470





むこ投げすみ塗り 松之山温泉薬師堂 (新潟県十日町市)

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/121215tochigi.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.tochigiji.or.jp/9540.html








1/15 春渡祭(おたりや) 宇都宮二荒山神社(宇都宮市馬場通り1丁目)

Jan 14, 2016

Doya Doya, a festival at Shitenno-ji Temple in Osaka

Doya Doya, a festival at Shitenno-ji Temple in Osaka

14th January, 2016 | at Shitenno-ji Temple in Osaka  

Doya Doya is a festival at Shitenno-ji Temple in Osaka in which young men in loin clothes and headbands try to get a hold of a talisman said to bring good harvests to farmers.







# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160114doya.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.shitennoji.or.jp/








修正会結願法要(どやどや)四天王寺(大阪)

Jan 13, 2016

Osaki Hachmangu Matsutaki Matsuri (Fire Festival), Miyagi

Osaki Hachmangu Matsutaki Matsuri (Fire Festival), Miyagi

14th January, 2016 | Sendai, Miyagi
 





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160114shoubon.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.okos.co.jp/oosaki/festival/matsutaki/index.html




松焚祭(大崎八幡宮)

Jan 12, 2016

Misogi-sai (winter swiming festival), Kikonai-Town, Hokkaido

Misogi-sai (winter swiming festival), Kikonai-Town, Hokkaido

13th - 15th January, 2016 | Kikonai-Town, Hokkaido
Kikonai (木古内町 Kikonai-chō) is a town located in Kamiiso District, Oshima Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan.
Kikonai's station, Kikonai Station, is located at the north end of the Seikan Tunnel, which connects the islands of Hokkaido and Honshū.
The town government is actively promoting the development of the Hokkaidō Shinkansen and proposes offering intermodal service on the line.  








# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160113kikonai.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] 
http://www.town.kikonai.hokkaido.jp/kankoujouhou/ibento/kantyuumisogi.htm









寒中みそぎ(北海道上磯郡木古内町 佐女川神社)

Jan 11, 2016

Haraso Matsuri (Fishermans' Festival), at Owase City, Mie

Haraso Matsuri (Fishermans' Festival), at Owase City, Mie

11th January, 2016 | at Owase City, Mie Prefecture  
Haraso Matsuri in Owase in Mie Prefecture is a kind of memorial for whales that have been killed that features men rowing traditional whaling harpoons boat decked out with colorful flags.
Fishermen in colorful costumes worship at Asukajinja shrine.
The event climaxes with one participant throwing a harpoon into the sea.








# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160114mie.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://tourismmiejapan.com/








ハラソ祭り(三重県尾鷲市)

Misogi Festival undersea, Numazu City, Shizuoka Pref.

Misogi Festival undersea, Numazu City, Shizuoka Pref.

11th January, 2016 | Numazu City, Shizuoka Pref.
Numazu is at the northern end of the Izu Peninsula, which is a leisure destination known for its numerous hot springs.
Mount Fuji, Japan's tallest mountain, may also be seen from Numazu on clear days.  









# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160114numazu.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.city.numazu.shizuoka.jp/kankou/index.htm







「厳冬海中みそぎ祭り」楊原(やなぎはら)神社・大朝神社(静岡県沼津市)

Jan 10, 2016

2016 January Grand Sumo Tournament, at Kokugikan, Tokyo

2016 January Grand Sumo Tournament, at Kokugikan, Tokyo

Sun. Jan. 10th, - Sun. Jan. 24th, 2016   |   Ryogoku Kokugikan - Tokyo
Sumo is a Japanese style of wrestling and Japan's national sport. It originated in ancient times as a performance to entertain the Shinto gods. Many rituals with religious background are still followed today.







# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160113sumo.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.sumo.or.jp/eng/index.html








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