Feb 29, 2016

Kyoto Washoku Festival

Kyoto Washoku Festival

28th February, 2016 | at Yasaka Club, Gion Kaburenjo, Kyoto
The 2013 designation of washoku (Japanese cuisine) as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage helped put Japanese dishes under the spotlight, with events such as the food-oriented Japan Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015 sparking even more interest.
So why not celebrate it in its home county with the Kyoto Washoku Festival, which is offering visitors a wide range of dishes, including some home-cooked versions and desserts.  







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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160228kyshku.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://washoku-kyoto.jp/










京都和食の祭典(祇園甲部歌舞練場)

Feb 28, 2016

Kansai Collection 2016 Spring & Summer

Kansai Collection 2016 Spring & Summer

28th February, 2016 | Osaka
Though Tokyo is always considered to be Japan’s fashion center, the Kansai region is often regarded as having its own unique sense of style, and its biannual Kansai Collection — aimed at the younger generation of women — attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year.

The event hosts numerous stalls selling popular brand goods, but its main draw is the runway shows featuring current trends and stage performances by celebrity models, who this year include Mariya Nishiuchi and Elaiza Ikeda.  









# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160228kctin.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.kansai-collection.net/









関西コレクション(京セラドーム)

Edo Nagashi Bina (floating of dolls down river) at Sumida River, Taitoku, Tokyo

Edo Nagashi Bina (floating of dolls down river) at Sumida River, Taitoku, Tokyo

28th February, 2016 | at Sumida River, Taitoku, Tokyo
"Nagashi Bina" is a ritual floating of dolls down a river as an offering to reduce the risk of calamities. 






# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160303sumida.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.gotokyo.org/jp/kanko/taito/event/nagasibina.html










「江戸流しびな」東京都台東区 隅田公園

Hatsu Uma Sai (Dancing Horse with colorful bell), Kirishima, Kagoshima

Hatsu Uma Sai (Dancing Horse with colorful bell), Kirishima, Kagoshima

28th February, 2016 | Kirishima, Kagoshima
Kirishima attractions include Kirishima Shrine, which is designated Important Cultural Property and the nearby hot springs at Myoban, Yunotani and Shin-yu.  






# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160303kirishima.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.kirinavi.com/







初午祭(はつう まさい、鈴かけ馬おどり)鹿児島神宮 鹿児島県霧島市

Ino Daikokusama at Sugimoto Jinja Shrine, Ino Town, Kochi Pref.

Ino Daikokusama at Sugimoto Jinja Shrine, Ino Town, Kochi Pref.

28th February, 2016 | Sugimoto Jinja Shrine, Ino Town, Kochi Pref.
Ino is a town located in Agawa District, Kōchi Prefecture, Japan. The town is famous for the production of Japanese paper.  







# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160221koci.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.attaka.or.jp/kanko/dtl.php?ID=929







土佐の福の神「いの大国さま」椙本神社(高知県吾川郡いの町大国町)

Feb 27, 2016

Kiwara Fudoson Taisai (Spring Fire Festival), Kumamoto

Kiwara Fudoson Taisai (Spring Fire Festival), Kumamoto

28th February, 2016 | 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/160228kiwara.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, 2016

Tokyo Marathon 2016, Tokyo

Tokyo Marathon 2016, Tokyo

28th February, 2016 | 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/160224marathon.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.tokyo42195.org/2014en/









東京マラソン

Feb 25, 2016

Katsuyama Sagichou (Spring Fire Festival), Fukui Pref.

Katsuyama Sagichou (Spring Fire Festival), Fukui Pref.

27th & 28th February, 2016 | 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/160223katsuyama.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

Feb 24, 2016

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

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

26th February - 6th March, 2016 | 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/160222doll.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 22, 2016

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

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

 

25th February, 2016 | Yotsukaidou City, Chiba
Yotsukaidō (四街道市 Yotsukaidō-shi) is a city located in northern Chiba Prefecture, Japan.  







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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160225warabi.html
[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 21, 2016

Godairiki-san with Giant Rice Cake Lifting Competition, Kyoto

Godairiki-san with Giant Rice Cake Lifting Competition, Kyoto

23rd February, 2016 | at Daigoji Temple, Kyoto
A competition for rice cake lifting was 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/160223godairiki.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

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

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

 

21st February, 2016 | 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/160217kanoya.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)

Feb 20, 2016

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

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

21st February, 2016 | 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/160217akiyoshidai.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  official website ››  http://english.karusuto.com/












「秋吉台の山焼き」山口県美祢市

Konomiya Hadaka Matsuri (Dancing Naked Festival), Inazawa, Aichi

Konomiya Hadaka Matsuri (Dancing Naked Festival), Inazawa, Aichi

20th February, 2016 | at Konomiya Shrine, Inazawa, Aichi
Inazawa is a city located in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.  







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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160222konomiya.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.konomiya.or.jp







国府宮はだか祭(国府宮神社―愛知県稲沢市)

Feb 19, 2016

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

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

21st February, 2016 | 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/160217gomikake.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

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

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

20th February, 2016 | 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/160216mihara.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 18, 2016

Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri, Okayama

Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri, Okayama

20th February, 2016 | 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.  







# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160216okayama.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]
››  http://www.okayama-japan.jp/en/ | ››  http://www.saidaiji.jp/website/eyou










「西大寺会陽(えよう)」 裸祭り (岡山市)

Hachinohe Enburi (Dancing and praying), Hachinohe, Aomori

Hachinohe Enburi (Dancing and praying), Hachinohe, Aomori

17th - 20th February, 2016 | 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.







# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160217aomori.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.michinokugodai.com/hachinohe02.html | ››  http://www.city.hachinohe.aomori.jp/kanko/festival/enburi/









八戸えんぶり(青森県)

Feb 17, 2016

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, 2016 | 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.  






# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160212rooms.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.roomsroom.com/







「Rooms」代々木体育館(東京)

Feb 16, 2016

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

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

17th February, 2016 | 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/160217echizen.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, 2016 | 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'.  







# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160215hirayu.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 15, 2016

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

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

15th - 17th February, 2016 | 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.  







# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160215momoishi.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

Yokote Kamakura Snow Festival, Akita

Yokote Kamakura Snow Festival, Akita

15th - 16th February, 2016 | 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.  







# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160215akita.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.akitafan.com/






横手のかまくら(雪祭り)(秋田県)

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, 2016 | at Ukan Shrine, Ikeda Town, Fukui Pref.
Ikeda is a town located in Imadate District, Fukui Prefecture, Japan.  







# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160215ikeda.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)

Feb 14, 2016

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

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

14th - 15th February, 2016 | 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.






# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160216sominsai.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.iwatetabi.jp/event/detail/03215/72.html





黒石寺蘇民祭(岩手県奥州市)

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

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

14th February, 2016 | 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.  






# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160216onie.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

Sengoku Higo Matsuri (Samrai Festival) at Nagomi Town, Kumamoto Pref.

Sengoku Higo Matsuri (Samrai Festival) at Nagomi Town, Kumamoto Pref.

14th February, 2016 | at Nagomi Town, Kumamoto Pref.
Nagomi is a town located in Tamana District, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan.  







# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160210nagomi.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] 
http://kumanago.jp/event/?mode=detail&id=430000001583&isEvent=1








「戦国肥後国衆まつり」熊本県玉名郡和水町

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

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

14th February, 2016 | 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/160214hasedera.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

Fire Festival at Toba-Shinmeisha Shrine, Nishio City, Aichi Pref.

Fire Festival at Toba-Shinmeisha Shrine, Nishio City, Aichi Pref.

14th February, 2016 | at Toba-Shinmeisha Shrine, Nishio City, Aichi Pref.
Nishio is a city located in Aichi Prefecture, in the Chūbu region of Japan. It is a regional commercial and manufacturing center and the country's leading producer of powdered green tea.  








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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160210nishio.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]            
official web ›› www.katch.ne.jp/~toba-shinmeisha/himatsuri/index.html








 「鳥羽の火祭り」鳥羽神明社(愛知県西尾市)

Omuro Mountain Burning Ritual, Itoh City, Shizuoka

Omuro Mountain Burning Ritual, Itoh City, Shizuoka

14th February, 2016 | Itoh City, Shizuoka Pref.  
Omuro Mountain Burning Ritual is a spectacular sight as many acres of mountainside near Omuro go up in flames and smoke.







# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160210omuro.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.city.ito.shizuoka.jp/







「大室山の山焼き」静岡県伊東市

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

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

14th February, 2016 | 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.  






# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160215hanamaki.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

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

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

13th - 19th February, 2016 | 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.





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160216orchid.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.jgpweb.com/






「世界らん展日本大賞」東京ドーム

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

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

 

13th & 14th February, 2016 | 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/160214gero.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)

Mt. Tateyama Snow Illumination Festival, Toyama Pref.

Mt. Tateyama Snow Illumination Festival, Toyama Pref.

13th & 14th February, 2016 | 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/160216tateyama.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://visit-toyama.com/






立山山麓「雪の祭典」富山市

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

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

13th - 14th February, 2016 | 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).  




# For the details, please access to the followings;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160209yonezawa.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://yukidourou.yonezawa.info/





上杉雪灯篭まつり(山形県米沢市)

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

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

13th & 14th February, 2016 | 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.  






# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160209candy.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.akitafan.com/






「大館アメッコ市」秋田県大館市

Feb 13, 2016

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

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

13th February, 2016 | 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/160209mimasaka.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

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

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

13th February, 2016 | 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/160211hiruko.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)

ice Candle Festival at Nobeyama Hightland, Nagano Pref.

ice Candle Festival at Nobeyama Hightland, Nagano Pref.

13th February, 2016 | 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/160209nobeyama.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 12, 2016

Osaka Auto Messe 2016 at INTEX OSAKA, Suminoe, Osaka

Osaka Auto Messe 2016 at INTEX OSAKA, Suminoe, Osaka

12th - 14th February, 2016 | 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/160209oam.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

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

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

12th - 14th February, 2016 | 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/160208oga.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 11, 2016

Takeuchi (bamboo battle Festival), Misato Town, Akita

Takeuchi (bamboo battle Festival), Misato Town, Akita

11th - 15th (with the main event on the 15th) February, 2016 | 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/160215misato.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.rokugo-mizu.net/





竹うち 秋田県美郷町(諏訪神社前)

Wajima Wind Winter Festival, Wajima City, Ishikawa Pref.

Wajima Wind Winter Festival, Wajima City, Ishikawa Pref.

11th - 21st February, 2016 | Wajima City, Ishikawa Pref.
Wajima City is the largest city in the Okunoto region, which makes up the northern half of the Noto Peninsula. The city is centered around a protected harbor on the Sea of Japan coast and is most famous for its morning market and lacquerware.  




# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160209wajima.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.wajimacci.or.jp/aenokaze.htm




「輪島あえの風冬まつり」石川県輪島市

Art Candle Festival, Aizu-Wakamatsu City, Fukushima Pref.

Art Candle Festival, Aizu-Wakamatsu City, Fukushima Pref.

11th - 13th February, 2016 | Aizu-Wakamatsu City, Fukushima Pref.
Aizu-Wakamatsu (会津若松) is a castle town with a long samurai tradition that is proudly put on display for visitors. Located 100 kilometers west of the Fukushima nuclear power plants, Aizu was fortunate to receive only a relatively small amount of radioactive fallout. Consequently, radiation levels are only slightly heightened and pose no health risk.  





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160208candle.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.aizu.com/erousoku/





「会津絵ろうそくまつり」福島県会津若松市

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, 2016 | 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/160211suna.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, 2016 | 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/160211shitara.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)

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

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

11th February, 2016 | 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/160211sumituke.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

Feb 10, 2016

Daruma Doll Market at Shirakawa City, Fukushima

Daruma Doll Market at Shirakawa City, Fukushima

11th February, 2016 | 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/160212sirakawa.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, 2016 | 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/160211ueyama.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, 2016 | 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/160211wanko.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.kanko-hanamaki.ne.jp/event/event_detail.php?id=55







「わんこそば全日本大会」岩手県花巻市