Dec 31, 2016

Gae-Tae-Sai (Straw Ring Rising Festival), Kamishima Island, Toba City, Mie Pref.

Gae-Tae-Sai (Straw Ring Rising Festival), Kamishima Island, Toba City, Mie Pref.

1st January, 2017 | Kamishima Island, Toba City, Mie Pref.
Toba is located on the northern half of Shima Peninsula in far eastern Mie Prefecture, facing Ise Bay of the Pacific Ocean. The area is famous for oysters and for cultured pearls. Much of the city is within the borders of the Ise-Shima National Park.  














# For the details, please access to the followings site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170101geta.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://tobakanko.jp/

















「ゲーター祭」三重県鳥羽市神島

Buriwake Shinji (Yellow Tail Fish Festival), at Kamo Shrine, Imizu City, Toyama

Buriwake Shinji (Yellow Tail Fish Festival), at Kamo Shrine, Imizu City, Toyama

1st January, 2017 | at Kamo Shrine, Imizu City, Toyama
Imizu (射水市 Imizu-shi) is a city located in Toyama Prefecture, Japan. As of August 1, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 93,215 and a population density of 854 persons per km². The total area is 109.18 km².  














# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170101fish.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.imizu-kanko.jp/www/event/detail.jsp?id=228














「鰤分け神事」加茂神社(富山県射水市)

Dec 30, 2016

Naked Festival at Maedanome, Goshogawara City, Aomori Pref.

Naked Festival at Maedanome, Goshogawara City, Aomori Pref.

1st January, 2017 | Goshogawara City, Aomori Pref.
Goshogawara occupies two discontinuous areas on Tsugaru Peninsula in western Aomori Prefecture. The larger section is landlocked, and is in the middle of the peninsula, and the smaller section is on the Sea of Japan coast.  











# For the details, please access to the followings site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170101maeda.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.aptinet.jp/Detail_display_00004063.html
















「前田野目裸参り」青森県五所川原市

Ueno Ameyoko Market Year End Big Sale, Tokyo

Ueno Ameyoko Market Year End Big Sale, Tokyo

late December, 2016 | at Ameyoko Market, Ueno, Tokyo
Ueno Ameyoko is one of the most famous and vital shopping street in Japan. Ameyoko is always lively and full of people.










# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161231ameyoko.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.gotokyo.org/en/kanko/taito/spot/y_001.html













「上野アメ横(商店街)」毎年、恒例の 威勢のいい声が飛び交います。

Dec 29, 2016

Toshi-Don at Koshiki Island, Kagoshima

Toshi-Don at Koshiki Island, Kagoshima

31th December, 2016 | at Koshiki Island, Kagoshima Prefecture
The Koshikijima Islands in the East China Sea are an island chain that belongs to the city of Satsumasendai, Kagoshima, Japan. They are located 38 km west of the port city of Ichikikushikino, Kagoshima.   (*reference: Wiki)  












# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161231koshiki.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] 
http://www.city.satsumasendai.lg.jp/www/contents/1217548357166/index.html













「甑島のトシドン」(鹿児島県薩摩川内市)

Dec 28, 2016

Itsukushimja Shrine Fire Festival, Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Pref.

Itsukushimja Shrine Fire Festival, Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Pref.

31th December, 2016 | Miyajima, Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Pref.
The shrine has more than 1400 years of history, and is a registered World Heritage Site.
The vermillion lacquered shrine, located at the beautiful Itsukushima, fits well with the Prussian blue sea, and the green of the virgin forest, recreating the elegance of the Heian era. Many visitors from all around the world continue to visit.   (*reference: Miyajima Official Tourism Website)  













# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161231miyajima.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.miyajima.or.jp/event/event_chinka.html
















「嚴島神社 鎮火祭」広島県廿日市市宮島町

Okera-Mairi Festival at Yasaka-jinja Shrine, Kyoto

Okera-Mairi Festival at Yasaka-jinja Shrine, Kyoto

31th December, 2016 | Yasaka-jinja Shrine, Kyoto
A traditional New Year's Eve ritual of Kyoto praying for sound health in the New Year  

Okera-Mairi is the name for the visits made to the Okera Matsuri festival from late at night on New Year's Eve to New Year's Day.

This ritual is held at Yasaka-jinja Shrine, which is designated as an important cultural property of Kyoto.

Okera refers to the medicinal herb Atractylis ovata, which is believed to cast away the evil energy of the past year, and to bless us with longevity.

At Yasaka-jinja Shrine on New Year's Eve, kagaribi watch fires are lit by setting fire to the medicinal herb's roots and toro lanterns placed in 2 different places in the shrine precincts are lit by this fire.  













# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161231okera.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://web.kyoto-inet.or.jp/org/yasaka/english/index.html         















八坂神社の白朮詣(おけらまいり)

Dec 27, 2016

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

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

31th December, 2016 | at Enryakuji Temple, Hieizan, Shiga Pref.
Enryakuji was founded in 788 by Saicho, the monk who introduced Tendai Buddhism from China into Japan.
At its peak, Enryakuji had as many as 3000 subtemples and a powerful army of warrior monks who often engaged in power struggles with other monasteries and political leaders.














# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161231hieizan.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.biwako-visitors.jp/event/detail/14602

















「鬼追い式(修正会・追儺式)」比叡山延暦寺(滋賀県大津市)

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

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

31st December, 2016 | at Mt. Haguro, Tsuruoka, Yamagata
Tsuruoka is located on the coast of Yamagata Prefecture bordering the Sea of Japan and has some locally popular beaches such as Yunohama and Sanze.
All three of the Three Mountains of Dewa are at least partially within the city limits.   (*reference: Wiki)  












# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161231haguro.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.dewasanzan.jp/













松例祭(しょうれいさい) 山形県鶴岡市 羽黒山山頂

Dec 26, 2016

Namahage, or folklore demons in Oga, Akita Pref.

Namahage, or folklore demons in Oga, Akita Pref.

31st December, 2016 | Oga, Akita
A local group of Namahage-masked men, disguised as devils, visit private houses in the villages, grumbling “Any good-for-nothing fellow hereabouts ?”

A demonstration of Namahage in action and Taiko drumming is held on the street around the City Hall from around 3:30 pm to 4 pm. Namahage also visit Japanese-style inns, Ryokan and Minshuku, in the city from around 6 pm to 7:30 pm for the guests.


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











# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161231akita.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.ogakk.or.jp/














なまはげ

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

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

31th December, 2016 | at Iizume Inari Shrine, Goshogawara City, Aomori Pref.
Goshogawara occupies two discontinuous areas on Tsugaru Peninsula in western Aomori Prefecture. The larger section is landlocked, and is in the middle of the peninsula, and the smaller section is on the Sea of Japan coast.   (*reference: Wiki)  












# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161231aomori.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.aptinet.jp/Detail_display_00004062.html

















「飯詰稲荷神社裸参り」青森県五所川原市

Dec 25, 2016

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

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

28th December, 2016 | at Narita-san, Narita City, Chiba Pref.
Narita is a city located in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.
It is the site of Narita International Airport, the main international airport serving the Greater Tokyo Area.   (*reference: Wiki)  











# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161228narita.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.naritasan.or.jp/english/index.html











成田山納め札お焚き上げ柴灯大護摩供(千葉県成田市 大本山成田山新勝寺)

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

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

27th December, 2016 | at Kumano Nachi Shrine, Wakayama
Kumano Nachi Taisha is a Shinto shrine and part of the UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range of Japan.
The Kumano Kodō route connects it to other sites under the same classification, which are primarily located in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan.   (*reference: Wiki)  












# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161227nachi.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.kumanonachitaisha.or.jp/












熊野那智大社 御滝注連縄張替式 (和歌山県那智勝浦町)

Dec 24, 2016

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

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

27th December, 2016 - 31st January, 2016 | at Kakeyu Hot Spring, Nagano
The modern city of Ueda was established on March 6, 2006, from the merger of the old city of Ueda absorbing the towns of Maruko and Sanada, and the village of Takeshi (all from Chiisagata District).   (*reference: Wiki)  











# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161226kakeyu.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.kakeyu.or.jp/











鹿教湯温泉 氷灯ろう・夢祈願 (長野県上田市)

Toshi-no Ichi (O-Deko Ichi) at Yagenbori Fudoson Temple, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Toshi-no Ichi (O-Deko Ichi) at Yagenbori Fudoson Temple, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

26th - 28th December, 2016 | at Yagenbori Fudoson Temple, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Year-end fair around the temple, featuring many open-air stalls selling New Year's decorations, clothes, shoes, bags and the like.  








# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161226osfc.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.kawasakidaishi.com/about/yagenbori.html














薬研堀不動尊 納めの歳の市&大出庫市(東京都中央区東日本橋)

Dec 23, 2016

Shimai Tenjin at Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto

Shimai Tenjin at Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto

25th December, 2016 | at Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
Year-end fair at the shrine, featuring open-air stalls selling New Year's decorations and plum berries which have ripened in this shrine.
The fair is as large in scale as the one at To-ji Temple on Dec. 21.  













# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161225smtn.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://kitanotenmangu.or.jp/















北野天満宮 終い天神(京都市上京区馬喰町)

Shimai Kobo at To-ji Temple, Minami-ku, Kyoto

Shimai Kobo at To-ji Temple, Minami-ku, Kyoto

21st December, 2016 | at To-ji Temple, Minami-ku, Kyoto
Year-end fair at the temple. The fair is held on the 21st every month, but the last fair of the year draws especially large crowds.
Open-air stalls selling used kimono, potted plants, used books, New Year's decorations and the like are set up.  












# For the details, please access to the followings site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161221smi.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.kyoto-magonote.jp/en/











東寺の終い弘法(京都市南区九条)

Dec 22, 2016

Osame-no Daishi at Kawasaki Daishi Temple, Kawasaki, Kanagawa

Osame-no Daishi at Kawasaki Daishi Temple, Kawasaki, Kanagawa

21st December, 2016 | at Kawasaki Daishi Temple, Kawasaki, Kanagawa
Year-end fair at the temple. This fair is one of the biggest of this kind in Tokyo and vicinity.  












# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161221kwsk.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://kawasakidaishi.com/event/dec.html













川崎大師の納めの大師・お焚き上げ法楽(神奈川県川崎市川崎区大師町)

Osame-no Daishi at Nishiarai Daishi Temple, Adachi-ku, Tokyo

Osame-no Daishi at Nishiarai Daishi Temple, Adachi-ku, Tokyo

21st December, 2016 | at Nishiarai Daishi Temple, Adachi-ku, Tokyo
Year-end Fair at the temple. Open-air stalls selling kumade (ornamental bamboo rakes adorned with symbols of good luck for the New Year) are set up in the compound of the temple.  













# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161223osm.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.nishiaraidaishi.or.jp/













納めの大師(おさめのだいし)西新井大師(東京都足立区西新井)

Dec 21, 2016

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

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

25th December, 2016 | at Mt. Ishizuchi, Saijo City, Ehime Pref.
Saijo sits at the base of Mount Ishizuchi, the tallest peak in western Japan.
The consolidated city of Saijō encompasses a broad area, spreading out across the entire Dōzen Plain from the foothills of the Ishizuchi Mountain Range to the Seto Inland Sea (the former Saijō City, Tōyo City, Komatsu Town and Tanbara Town), and also contains smaller communities extending into the lower reaches of the mountains.   (*reference: Wiki)  












# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161222saijo.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.ishizuchi.com/











「スノーカーニバルin石鎚」愛媛県西条市

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

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

23rd - 24th December, 2016 | at Spa Beech, Beppu City, Oita Pref.
What sets Beppu apart from other onsen resorts is not only its abundance of thermal waters, but also the wide range of bath types that can be enjoyed there.
Asides from conventional hot water baths, Beppu offers sand baths, where bathers are buried in naturally heated sand, steam baths that are heated by the steam of a hot spring and mud baths which are basically muddy hot water baths.  












# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161223beppu.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://beppu-event.jp/xmas/












「べっぷクリスマスHANABIファンタジア」大分県別府市

Dec 20, 2016

Takamatsu Winter Festival, Kagawa Prefecture

Takamatsu Winter Festival, Kagawa Prefecture

22nd - 25th December, 2016 | Takamatsu-City, Kagawa Prefecture
Takamatsu City is located facing the calm, island-dotted Seto Inland Sea.
The lives of the Takamatsu people have always been strongly tied economically and culturally to the sea.   (*reference: TAKAMATSU CITY)  












# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161220takamatsu.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.fuyumatsuri.com/












高松冬のまつり(香川県)

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

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

21st December, 2016 | Sakuragawa-City, Ibaraki
The name of the festival is "Hiwatari," literally meaning fire crossing. They make a big fire, then allow people to walk over the embers.
People keep it for praying for safety of the family and state of perfect health over the year.  













# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161222sakuragawa.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.city.sakuragawa.lg.jp/index.php?code=405













火渉祭 (加波山三枝祇神社 茨城県|桜川市)

Dec 19, 2016

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

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

20th December, 2016 | at Shimosawaki Choushouji Temple, Toyokawa City, Aichi
Toyokawa City is located in East Mikawa, the southeast part of Aichi Prefecture, which is in the central region of long, slender Japan.
It is about 60km, a one-hour car drive, from Nagoya, the prefecture capital.   (*reference: City of TOYOKAWA)  











# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161215donki.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.toyokawa-map.net/festival/donki.php














「下佐脇長松寺のどんきまつり」愛知県豊川市

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

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

20th December, 2016 - 10th February, 2016 | Suzaki Peninsula, Izu Shimoda
Shimoda is located at the southern tip of the Izu peninsula about 100 kilometres southwest of Tokyo. Shimoda's location, with the Amagi Mountains to the north, and the warm Kuroshio Current to the south give the city a humid, sub-tropical climate.   (*reference: Wiki)  










# For the details, please access to the followings site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161220izu.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.shimoda-city.info/index_e.html













「水仙まつり」静岡県下田市

Dec 18, 2016

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

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

17th - 19th December, 2016 | Asakusa, Tokyo
A lively fair full of Edo sentiments, brightly coloring downtown Tokyo at the year-end  

Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa is one of the most famous sightseeing spots in Tokyo.
The Hagoita-Ichi (Battledore Fair) is an annual fair held in its precincts at the end of the year.

Near the Hondo or main hall of Senso-ji Temple, some 50 open-air stalls selling hagoita (battledores), shuttlecocks, kites and other New Year decorations stand huddled together, and numerous people gather here from all over the country.

This is a traditional fair dating back to the Edo Period, but it was apparently only after World War II that the name Hagoita-Ichi became popular. 










# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161217asakusa.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://asakusa-toshinoichi.com/













浅草の歳の瀬を飾る風物詩、羽子板市。

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

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

17th - 18th December, 2016 | at Iizumi Kannon Temple, Odawara, Kanagawa  
Iizumi Kannon Daruma Ichi or Dharma Doll Fair at Iizumi Kannon Temple, Odawara, Kanagawa Pref.
With a history of over 400 years, the fair is the forerunner of a series of Daruma Ichi fairs to be held in various parts of the Kanto District every year.
The fair is held from around 10 am to 10 pm on the 17th, and from around 9 am to 1 pm on the 18th.













# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161217odawara.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]
http://www.city.odawara.kanagawa.jp/kanko/event/DEC/darumaichi.html













飯泉観音だるま市(神奈川県小田原市)

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

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

17th December, 2016 | Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Pref.
Tsuruoka is located on the coast of Yamagata Prefecture bordering the Sea of Japan and has some locally popular beaches such as Yunohama and Sanze.
All three of the Three Mountains of Dewa are at least partially within the city limits.   (*reference: Wiki)  











# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161217turuoka.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.tsuruokakanko.com/cate/p0498.html












観音様のお年夜(山形県鶴岡市 七日町観音堂)

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

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

16th December, 2016 | at Keta Taisha Shrine, Hakui-City, Ishikawa
The Keta Taisha is located in Hakui City, Teramachi and has been a point of worship for approximately 2000 years.
The most prominent shrine on the Noto Peninsula, it is popular nowadays as being home to the god of marriage.  










# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161216hakui.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]
http://www.city.hakui.ishikawa.jp/sypher/www/event/detail.jsp?id=62















鵜祭り(気多大社) 石川県羽咋市寺家町ク1

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

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

16th December, 2016 | at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, Kamakura, Kanagawa  
For the Gochinza-kinen-sai, Ancient Court Dances at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kamakura, Kanagawa Pref.
A Shinto priest clad in a white robe and four Shrine maidens in Juni-hitoe (12-layer ceremonial garments of court ladies) dance Nincho-no-mai & Miyabito-no-mai.
And then Mikagura (Shinto dance) is presented.  












# For the details, please access to the followings site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161216kamakura.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.tsurugaoka-hachimangu.jp/










御鎮座記念祭 鶴岡八幡宮(神奈川県鎌倉市)

Kasuga Wakamiya Festival, Nara | December 15-18

Kasuga Wakamiya Festival, Nara | December 15-18

This is an annual festival held in Wakamiya Shrine, branch of Kasuga Grand Shrine.
It is said that Tadamichi Fujiwara, Kampaku (Chief Advisor of Emperor), started this festival to pray for bumper crops on Sept.17 in the 2nd year of Hoen (1136) in the late Heian era.











# For the details, please access to the followings site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161215nara.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://narashikanko.or.jp/en/event/event_data/ivnt125/index.html












春日大社 おん祭 (奈良市春日野町160 )

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

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

15th - 16th December, 2016 | Akiha-no-Hi-Matsuri, or Fire Festival at Akiha Shrine, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Pref.
After the Shinto ritual, three kinds of solemn dances are performed by three dancers holding an archery, a sword and a torch respectively from 10 pm to 12 midnight. Especially the dance with a torch, about 1-meter long is very spectacular and worth seeing.


Venue: Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Pref.
Transportation: The JR Tokaido Line to Hamamatsu Sta., and then take the Enshu Tetsudo Line to Nishi-Kajima Sta. From there, about 40 min. by taxi to the Shrine.








# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161215hamamatsu.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.akihasanhongu.jp/











「秋葉の火まつり」 秋葉山本宮秋葉神社 (静岡県浜松市)

Dec 17, 2016

Setagaya Boro Ichi (Flea Market), Setagaya, Tokyo

Setagaya Boro Ichi (Flea Market), Setagaya, Tokyo

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











# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] 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

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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161215tochigi.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.kanuma-kanko.jp/













『おたりや』冬渡祭(12月)・春渡祭(1月) 宇都宮二荒山神社(宇都宮市馬場通り1丁目)

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

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

"Otori-sama". Tori no Ichi Market, will be held on December 15 at Otori Shinto Shrine, Higashi-Matsuyama-City, Saitama.  
/ Tori no Ichi is a fair held on the "days of the bird" in the month of December.
People gather from far and wide to buy the lucky kumade (bamboo rakes) which are believed to "rake in" good luck.  
/ "Tori no hi" is the date that corresponds to 'Tori' (the Cock) in the dating method that applies each of eto (the twelve Chinese zodiac signs) to each day of the year.  











# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161215saitama.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.higashimatsuyama-kanko.com/13.html













お酉さま(酉の市) 大鳥神社 (埼玉県東松山市日吉町)

Dec 14, 2016

Ako Gishisai Festival, December 14, Tokyo and Hyogo

Ako Gishisai Festival, December 14, Tokyo and Hyogo

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











# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161214ako-gisi.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]
››  http://www.city.ako.lg.jp/ / ››  http://www.sengakuji.or.jp/

















赤穂義士祭

Dec 13, 2016

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

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

13th December, 2016 | Gion, Kyoto
From around 10:00, geiko and maiko in each Kagai (maiko & geiko districts) go out to visit their teachers and others to thank them for their support; They bring kagami-mochi special New Year's rice cake to their teachers.  











# For the details, please access to the followings site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161213gion.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.e-kyoto.net/kankou/12/13
















Dec 12, 2016

Illusion on the Tottori Sand Dunes, Tottori Pref.

Illusion on the Tottori Sand Dunes, Tottori Pref.

10th - 25th December, 2016 | on the Tottori Sand Dunes, Tottori Pref.
The Tottori Sand Dunes (Tottori Sakyu) are the largest sand dunes in Japan and Tottori's most famous tourist attraction.
Located just outside the city center, they span roughly 16 kilometers of coast along of the Sea of Japan and are up to two kilometers wide and 50 meters high.
They are part of the Sanin Kaigan National Park.  









# For the details, please access to the followings site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161214tottori.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.tottori-sakyu.jp/












山陰最大のイルミネーションイベント「鳥取砂丘イリュージョン」

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

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

10th - 14th December, 2016 | Chikuma City, Nagano Pref.
Chikuma City is located in the valley of the Chikuma River, south of Nagano City, at the junction of the Joshin-etsu Expressway and the Nagano Expressway.   (*reference: Wiki)  












# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161210chikuma.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://tanalog.com/chikuma-city/2007/08/24/1187918367235.html












大頭祭(長野県千曲市)

Dec 11, 2016

Hobby World Christmas Festival, Shizuoka Hobby Square

Hobby World Christmas Festival, Shizuoka Hobby Square

10th & 11th December, 2016 | at Shizuoka Hobby Square, Shizuoka


Located on the Pacific coast of central Honshū, Shizuoka Prefecture is home to Mt. Fuji, a well-known symbol of Japan.

The prefecture is also blessed with abundant forests and this natural resource enabled a wooden model manufacturing industry to develop and flourish in Shizuoka in the years before and after the Second World War.  










# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161207hobby.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.hobby-shizuoka.jp/













ホビーのまち静岡 クリスマスフェスタ

Dec 10, 2016

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

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

10th & 11th December, 2016 | at Iida Hachiman Shrine, Ogano-machi, Saitama  

Teppo Matsuri (Gun Festival) at Iida Hachiman Shrine, Ogano-machi, Saitama Pref., features a parade of floats and local Kabuki plays on both days.

The highlight of this festival is Otachi Shinji in which two sacred horses gallop up the steps to the Shrine, amid a volley of rifle shots into the air, from around 4 pm, and Mikoshi (portable shrines) and floats parade through the town from around 5 pm.










# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161207ogano.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.town.ogano.lg.jp/index.html











鉄砲まつり:飯田・八幡神社(埼玉県小鹿野町)

Dec 9, 2016

All-Japan Karate Championship at Tokyo Budokan

All-Japan Karate Championship at Tokyo Budokan

10th & 11th December, 2016 | Budokan, Tokyo  
Zen-Nippon Karate-do Senshu-ken Taikai or All-Japan Karate Championship takes place at Tokyo Budokan Hall, Adachi-ku, for team competitions, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, and at Nippon Budokan Hall, Chiyoda-ku, for individual competitions, from 8:30 am to 6 pm.  












# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161207karate.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.karatedo.co.jp/












全日本空手道選手権大会/日本武道館

Ikenoue Purification Ceremony Festival

Ikenoue Purification Ceremony Festival

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


In this festival, men - especially those of so-called “critical year” ages (yakudoshi) in the Buddhist tradition - bathe in the pristine waters of the Nagara River from the right bank of the Chusetsu Bridge to purify themselves and offer up prayers for personal achievement.

The purification ceremony is performed 3 times from: (1) 3:00 p.m. (2) 7:00 p.m. and (3) 10:00 p.m.  









# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161214gifu.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.gifucvb.or.jp/en/02_event/02_07.html












池ノ上みそぎ祭 (岐阜市)

Dec 8, 2016

SENDAI Pageant of Starlight, Tohoku

SENDAI Pageant of Starlight, Tohoku

When the cold winds of winter begin, one event that the locals of Sendai look forward to is the "SENDAI Pageant of Starlight".  
This event was started by citizen-volunteers and is well known all over the country as a special winter time event.

Keyaki-namiki (row of Zelkova trees) on Jozenji-dori (Avenue) and Aoba-dori (Avenue) which are two beloved streets of the citizens of Sendai are decorated with hundreds of thousand of lights to create a fantasitic luminous corridor. Since 1999, the "Loople Sendai - Pageant of Starlight bus" has been on service to enable passengers to enjoy passing through the luminous tunnels of lights.









# For the details, please access to the followings site;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161206sendai.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.sendaihikape.jp/















SENDAI 光のページェント

Arashiyama Hanatōro (flower and light road), Kyoto

Arashiyama Hanatōro (flower and light road), Kyoto

Arashiyama Hanatoro | from December 9th to 18th, 2016
Arashiyama is a pleasant district on the outskirts of Kyoto that holds its Hanatoro every December.

For ten days, more than five kilometers of streets around the town center and along the river are lit up by lanterns. Many temples and shrines in the area are illuminated and have special extended hours.


Among the most spectacular attractions are the iconic Togetsukyo Bridge spanning the river and the bamboo forest behind Tenryuji Temple.

Both are illuminated during Hanatoro with the Togetsukyo Bridge being particularly beautiful as it is lit up along with the surrounding mountainsides.









# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161208arashiyama.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.hanatouro.jp/e/










京都・花灯路 「嵐山 花灯路」

Heiwajima Antique Show at Tokyo Ryutsu Center, Heiwajima, Tokyo

Heiwajima Antique Show at Tokyo Ryutsu Center, Heiwajima, Tokyo

HEIWAJIMA ANTIQUES FAIR SINCE 1978.
The oldest and most famous antique fair in Japan. Over 280 dealers from all over the country.











# For the details, please access to the followings site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160322heiwajima.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.kottouichi.com/heiwajima/HOME.html













平和島 全国古民具骨董まつり(平和島東京流通センター)

Dec 7, 2016

ECO PRODUCTS 2016 at Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo

ECO PRODUCTS 2016 at Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo

8th - 10th December, 2016 | at Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo
The Eco-Products Exhibition is one of the largest environmental exhibitions in Japan, drawing more than 180,000 business people and consumers interested in environmental issues.
The Eco-Products Exhibition was launched in 1999 in order to publicize eco-products and to realize an environment-friendly society.
Eco-products or services in various fields, including consumer goods, industrial materials, energies, finance and various services will be displayed.
We will also be displaying new environmental technologies and services that aim to change conventional wisdom, and new business models that aim to solve specific problems, including company coalitions and regional cooperation.  











# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161212eco_products.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]
http://eco-pro.com/














エコプロダクツ|東京ビッグサイト

Dec 6, 2016

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

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

7th - 8th December, 2016 | at Senbon Shakadou, Kyoto
Daiko-daki is one of the popular year-end traditional events of Kyoto.
It is believed that eating steaming hot white radish (daikon) can get rid of bad lucks.
Cooked white radish is served to the visitors.   (*reference: Kyoto City Tourism Association)  











# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161207daikon.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.kyoto.travel/












「大根だき(だいこだき)」京都・千本釈迦堂(悪病よけ行事)

Dec 4, 2016

Akibasan Gongen Hibuse Matsuri (Fire Festival)

Akibasan Gongen Hibuse Matsuri (Fire Festival)

6th December, 2016 | Odawara, Kanagawa 

Akibasan Gongen Hibuse Matsuri or Fire Festival is held in the compound of Ryokakuin Temple, Odawara, Kanagawa Pref.

The Buddhist monks chant various esoteric incantations and perform rituals, bearing broadaxes, halberds, bows and arrows from around 3 pm.

Then finally Hi-watari-shiki or rigorous religions practice of walking on burnt charcoal is conducted by monks from around 6 pm to 8 pm.








# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161206odawara.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]
http://www.city.odawara.kanagawa.jp/kanko/event/DEC/hibusematuri.html











秋葉山火防(ひぶせ)祭 (神奈川県小田原市)

Atami Kaijo Hanabi Taikai (Fireworks Display)

Atami Kaijo Hanabi Taikai (Fireworks Display)

4th, 11th and 18th December, 2016
Atami Kaijo Hanabi Taikai or Fireworks Display over Atami Beach, Atami, Shizuoka Pref., is scheduled from 8:20 pm to 8:45 pm (about 3,000 fireworks).









# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/160412atami.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.ataminews.gr.jp/hanabi/         











熱海海上花火大会