Jan 31, 2017

Ya-Ya Matsuri (Ya-Ya! Festival), Owase, Mie Prefecture

Ya-Ya Matsuri (Ya-Ya! Festival), Owase, Mie Prefecture

1st - 5th February, 2017 | at Owase City, Mie Prefecture
The largest festival in Owase, held annually on 1–5 February.
In the evenings of 2-4 February, men parade around the streets, jostling each other and chanting “Ya Ya” while drinking sake before the “chosen” ones dive into the sea to purify themselves.
The festival ends off with a day-long street parade on the 5th featuring dance performances and an archery contest at Owase Jinja.  









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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170201mie.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.city.owase.lg.jp/










尾鷲ヤーヤ祭り(三重県)

Jan 30, 2017

Shiretoko Fantasia (Aurora & Snow Fetival), Hokkaido

Shiretoko Fantasia (Aurora & Snow Fetival), Hokkaido

30th January - 28th February, 2017 | Shiretoko, Hokkaido
This is Shiretoko’s winter event to enjoy cold winter and drift ice coming into the Sea of Okhotsk. “Aurora Fantasy” is the main event of the festival.

The event was started to recreate the real Aurora that appeared on a night sky of Shiretoko in 1958. Dynamic music, beams of light and smokes from burning straws create a fantasy world.     
›› Site: Shari Town, Utoro Onsen Oronko-iwa (special event site: Ryuhyo-shizen-koen) 









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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170205siretoko.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]
official website  ››  http://www.shiretoko.asia/    ››  http://www.visitshiretoko.com/en/event.html











知床流氷フェス(北海道斜里郡斜里町知床ウトロ温泉)

Tsubaki Matsuri (Camellia Festival), Oshima island, Tokyo

Tsubaki Matsuri (Camellia Festival), Oshima island, Tokyo

29th January - 26th March, 2017 | 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.










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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170127tsubaki.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

29th January - 6th February, 2017 | 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.  











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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170204tableware.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.

29th January - 5th February, 2017 | 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.  











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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170203matsue.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

Misogi (Cold Water in midwinter) at Mt. Koya-san, Wakayama

Misogi (Cold Water in midwinter) at Mt. Koya-san, Wakayama

29th January, 2017 | at Mt. Koya-san, Wakayama
Mount Koya, Koya-san 高野山 in Japanese, is a mountain range south of Osaka in the Ito District of Wakayama Prefecture.
The name does not actually belong to a specific mountain, but usually refers to the town of Koya and the valley it rests in.
It is the site of a Buddhist monastery established in 819 by Kobo Daishi, the founder of Shingon Buddhism.  








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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170127koyasan.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.koyasan.or.jp/english/index.html













寒中水行(高野山)

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

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

29th January, 2017 | 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.  












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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170124katayamazu.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

Jan 29, 2017

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

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

29th January, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170127sagicho.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

Jan 28, 2017

Nagasaki Lantern Festival

Nagasaki Lantern Festival

28th January - 11th February, 2017 | Nagasaki Prefecture  
Nagasaki Lantern Festival is a picturesque Chinese event featuring 15,000 lanterns in the shape of various creatures lit up daily during the festival period.
Chinese dragon dances and some other performing arts, colorful processions and many other events are scheduled during the period.








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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170210nagasaki.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.nagasaki-lantern.com/












長崎ランタンフェスティバル

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

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

28th & 29th January, 2017 | 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.  











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


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170127nabe.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

Jan 27, 2017

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

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

28th - 29th January, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170201shimokita.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)

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

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

28th January, 2017 | 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 site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170126tuna.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 26, 2017

Wakakusa Yamayaki, Nara | 28th January, 2017

Wakakusa Yamayaki, Nara | 28th January, 2017

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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170126nara.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.kasugano.com/wakakusayama/











若草山焼き (奈良)

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

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

28th January, 2017 | 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 site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170128manpuku.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)

Jan 25, 2017

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

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

28th January, 2017 | 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.  










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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170126hana.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

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

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

28th January, 2017 | Nakatonbetsu, Hokkaido 
Nakatombetsu (中頓別町 Nakatombetsu-chō) is a town located in Esashi District, Sōya Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan.




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








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


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170126nakatonbetsu.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.town.nakatombetsu.hokkaido.jp/














Jan 24, 2017

Wintet Festival at Lake Shikotsu, Hokkaido

Wintet Festival at Lake Shikotsu, Hokkaido

27th January - 19th February, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170125shikotuko.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)

International Jewellery Show, Tokyo

International Jewellery Show, Tokyo

23rd - 26th January, 2017 | 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. 1,050 companies from 30 countries are expected to participate this year.










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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170123jewel.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 23, 2017

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, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170123cancer.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

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

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

22nd, 27th - 29th January, 2017 | at Nankin-machi, Kobe, Hyogo  
Nankin-machi is the only China Town in Kansai. Abundant places to see including a splendid public rest room, Chinese cuisine, ingredients, etc. 









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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170209kobe.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.nankinmachi.or.jp/












「南京町 春節祭」神戸・元町

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

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

22nd January, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170120hetomato.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.nagasaki-tabinet.com/guide/337/











「ヘトマト」長崎県五島市

Matobakai Festival (shooting three arrows), Tamana, Kumamoto

Matobakai Festival (shooting three arrows), Tamana, Kumamoto

22nd January, 2017 | 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.










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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170120kumamoto.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)

Jan 22, 2017

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

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

22nd January, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170120kashima.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

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

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

22nd January, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170127nonotake.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 21, 2017

Naked Parade at Shizukuishi Town, Iwate Pref.

Naked Parade at Shizukuishi Town, Iwate Pref.

22nd January, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170120shizukuishi.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)

Swan Festival at Tokachigawa Hot Springs, Otofuke Town, Hokkaido

Swan Festival at Tokachigawa Hot Springs, Otofuke Town, Hokkaido

21st January - 26th February, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170126swan.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

Daikoku (the god of wealth) Matsuri Festival at Kanda Myojin, Chiyoda, Tokyo

Daikoku (the god of wealth) Matsuri Festival at Kanda Myojin, Chiyoda, Tokyo

21st - 22nd January, 2017 | at Kanda Myojin Shrine, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo  
Daikoku (the god of wealth) Matsuri Festival at Kanda Myojin Shrine, Chiyoda-ku.
A purification ceremony (people coming of age pour icy water over themselves) takes place .
Hocho-shiki (rite or traditional art of skillfully slicing a large carp) is conducted.











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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170112daikoku.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.kandamyoujin.or.jp/












神田明神だいこく祭り(東京都千代田区)

Kanchu-Misogi (The purification) at Kanda-Myojin, Tokyo

Kanchu-Misogi (The purification) at Kanda-Myojin, Tokyo

21st - 22nd January, 2017 | at Kanda-Myojin, Tokyo
The purification that was originally undertaken before holding a Shinto ceremony (in short, before approaching God), has never signified the action of cleansing oneself or of receiving forgiveness even if you've done something bad.  











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


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170112kanda.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.kandamyoujin.or.jp/












寒中禊(かんちゅうみそぎ)神田明神 東京都千代田区

Jan 20, 2017

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

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

21st January, 2017 | Seirou Town, Niigata Pref.  










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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170126seirou.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

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

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

20th - 22nd January, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170125misato.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

Japan Fishing Festival 2017 at Pacifico Yokohama, Kanagawa Pref.

Japan Fishing Festival 2017 at Pacifico Yokohama, Kanagawa Pref.

20th - 22nd January, 2017 | 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".  












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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170322fish.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.fishingshow.jp/











「国際フィッシングショー2017」パシフィコ横浜(神奈川県)

Jan 19, 2017

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

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

20th January, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170120miyota.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, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170120kawarayu.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 18, 2017

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

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

20th January, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170120obisha.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

Ice Sculpture Festival at Matsumoto Catsle, Nagano Pref.

Ice Sculpture Festival at Matsumoto Catsle, Nagano Pref.

19th - 22nd January, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170126ice.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

Jan 17, 2017

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

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

19th January, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170119hebi.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

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

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

17th January, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170113kyoto.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)

Jan 16, 2017

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

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

17th January, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170117akita.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)

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/170115boro.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

Jan 15, 2017

Horan Enya (Fishermans' Festival), Bungo-Takada, Oita

Horan Enya (Fishermans' Festival), Bungo-Takada, Oita

15th January, 2017 | Bungo-Takada, Oita Prefecture
Bungotakada (豊後高田市 Bungotakada-shi) is a city located in Ōita Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan.
The city has an estimated population of 24,623, with 10,479 households and a population density of 119.15 persons per km². The total area is 206.65 km².  









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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170116horan.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.city.bungotakada.oita.jp/














ホーランエンヤ(大分県豊後高田市玉津~御玉)

Sandera Mairi in Hida, Gifu Prefecture

Sandera Mairi in Hida, Gifu Prefecture

15th January, 2017 | 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.












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


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170115sandera.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

Guardians Festival at Nozawa Hot Springs, Nagano pref.

Guardians Festival at Nozawa Hot Springs, Nagano pref.

15th January, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170115nozawa.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。

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

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

15th January, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170115chakkirako.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)

Jan 14, 2017

Misogi Festival undersea, Numazu City, Shizuoka Pref.

Misogi Festival undersea, Numazu City, Shizuoka Pref.

15th January, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170114numazu.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)

Genius Ukiyo-e Artist; YOSHI-TOSHI at Shimane Arts Center

Genius Ukiyo-e Artist; YOSHI-TOSHI at Shimane Arts Center

23rd December 2016 - 13th February, 2017 | Shimane Arts Center
The museum holds many special exhibitions that cover a wide range of fields. In addition, this venue provides thematic, high quality exhibits from its permanent collection.  











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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161223iwami_art.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.grandtoit.jp/museum/index.html












「芳年 激動の時代を生きた鬼才浮世絵師」島根県立石見美術館

Re; KAITAI SHINSHO at TOMONOTSU-MUSEUM, Fukuyama, Hiroshima

Re; KAITAI SHINSHO at TOMONOTSU-MUSEUM, Fukuyama, Hiroshima

12th November 2016 - 5th March, 2017 | TOMONOTSU-MUSEUM, Fukuyama, Hiroshima









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


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/161112h_art.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://abtm.jp/










「Re: 解体新書」鞆の津ミュージアム(広島県福山市鞆町鞆)

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/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 13, 2017

Mukonage / Suminuri, Tokamachi, Niigata

Mukonage / Suminuri, Tokamachi, Niigata

15th January, 2017 | 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.










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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170115tokamachi.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)

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

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

14th January, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170114doya.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)