Feb 27, 2017

Snow Festival with Fire Works at Yuzawa Onsen Ski Trail, Niigata Pref.

Snow Festival with Fire Works at Yuzawa Onsen Ski Trail, Niigata Pref.

4th March, 2017 | at Yuzawa Onsen Ski Trail, Niigata Pref.
In the winter season, Yuzawa town holds a series of the events under the theme "snow and shining lights". Set against a canvas of pure white snow, candles and illuminations lend the town an almost ethereal beauty.
Of the multitude of ski resorts in the area, no less than 14 resorts hold firework displays during the winter period. Each display is held to a different theme, with different styles - plenty to enjoy!  












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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170302yuzawa.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]
http://www.niigata-kankou.or.jp/yuzawa/kyoukai/event/ZB0001.html         













湯沢温泉雪まつり花火大会(新潟県 湯沢高原布場ゲレンデ)

Shinto music and dance Festival at Tamayura Hot Springs, Miyazaki Pref.

Shinto music and dance Festival at Tamayura Hot Springs, Miyazaki Pref.

4th - 19th March, 2017 | at Tamayura Hot Springs, Miyazaki Pref.
This is an event for associated hotels in the city of Miyazaki to give their guests some extra hospitality with their hot bath facilities, each of which has its own unique design.  












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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170301tamayura.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.welcomekyushu.jp/attaka/akari/?mode=detail&id=11















「宮崎たまゆら温泉かぐらまつり」宮崎リゾート温泉「たまゆらの湯」

Feb 26, 2017

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/170322heiwajima.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)

Feb 25, 2017

Hina Nagashi (floating of dolls down river) at Awashima Shrine, Wakayama

Hina Nagashi (floating of dolls down river) at Awashima Shrine, Wakayama

3rd March, 2017 | at Awashima Shrine, Wakayama
"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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170303awashima.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.wakayamakanko.com/seeing/history9.html












「ひな流し」和歌山・淡嶋神社

Urasa Hadaka Oshiai Festival in Minami-Uonuma City, Niigata Pref.

Urasa Hadaka Oshiai Festival in Minami-Uonuma City, Niigata Pref.


3rd March, 2017 | in Minami-Uonuma City, Niigata Pref.  
Urasa Hadaka Oshiai Festival in Yamato, Niigata Prefecture is one of Japan's most famous naked festivals. Scores of near-naked young men compete to reach a Buddha statue in Bishamondo Temple hall.
They also run around carrying massive 75 pound rolled up scrolls.  












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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170303urasa.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.niigata-kankou.or.jp/sys/data?page-id=2042













「浦佐毘沙門堂裸押合大祭」新潟県南魚沼市浦佐

Feb 24, 2017

Omizutori, a Water-Drawing Ritual, at Nigatsu-do Hall in Todaiji Temple, Nara

Omizutori, a Water-Drawing Ritual, at Nigatsu-do Hall in Todaiji Temple, Nara

1st - 14th March, 2017 | Todaiji Temple, Nara  
Omizutori is the commonly used name for Shunie, a series of events held annually from March 1 to 14 at Todaiji Temple.
This collection of Buddhist repentance rituals has been held every year for over 1250 years, making it the one of the oldest reoccurring Buddhist events in Japan.

Omizutori is performed at Nigatsudo Hall, a sub complex of Todaiji, which stands not far from the temple's main hall on the slope of a hill.
Nigatsudo literally means "second month hall", referring to the second month of the lunar calendar, when Omizutori has traditionally been held.

The second month of the lunar calendar roughly corresponds to March of the solar calendar.










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


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170301nara.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.todaiji.or.jp/












お水取り (奈良・東大寺 二月堂)

Kiwara Fudoson Taisai (Spring Fire Festival), Kumamoto

Kiwara Fudoson Taisai (Spring Fire Festival), Kumamoto

28th February, 2017 | 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.  












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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170228kiwara.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 23, 2017

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

26th February, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170303sumida.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

Feb 22, 2017

Tokyo Marathon 2017, Tokyo

Tokyo Marathon 2017, Tokyo


26th February, 2017 | Tokyo  
Tokyo Marathon draws over 30,000 runners and is usually won by an African, with good showings by Japanese runners.  










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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170224marathon.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.tokyo42195.org/2014en/












東京マラソン

Katsuyama Sagichou (Spring Fire Festival), Fukui Pref.

Katsuyama Sagichou (Spring Fire Festival), Fukui Pref.

25th & 26th February, 2017 | 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.  










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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170223katsuyama.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 21, 2017

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

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

25th February, 2017 | Yotsukaidou City, Chiba
Yotsukaidō (四街道市 Yotsukaidō-shi) is a city located in northern Chiba Prefecture, Japan.  













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


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170225warabi.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

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

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

24th February - 5th March, 2017 | Katuura City, Chiba Pref.
Katsuura is a city located in southern Chiba Prefecture, Japan.  











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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170222doll.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 20, 2017

Godairiki-san with Giant Rice Cake Lifting Competition, Kyoto

Godairiki-san with Giant Rice Cake Lifting Competition, Kyoto

23rd February, 2017 | 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.








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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170223godairiki.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

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

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

19th February, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170303kirishima.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

Feb 19, 2017

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

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

19th February, 2017 | at Nakatsu Shrine, Kanoya City, Kagoshima Pref.
Kanoya is a city in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan.  










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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170217kanoya.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.kanoyashi-kankokyokai.jp/event/event02.html














「かぎ引き祭り」中津神社(鹿児島県鹿屋市)

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

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

19th February, 2017 | Mine City, Yamaguchi Pref.
Mine is a city located in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.  









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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170217akiyoshidai.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://english.karusuto.com/












「秋吉台の山焼き」山口県美祢市

Feb 18, 2017

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

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

19th February, 2017 | 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.  











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


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170217gomikake.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

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

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

18th February, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170221koci.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)

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

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

18th February, 2017 | 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.  












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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170216mihara.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 17, 2017

Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri, Okayama

Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri, Okayama

18th February, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170216okayama.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]
official website ››  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, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170217aomori.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 16, 2017

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

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

17th February, 2017 | 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 site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170217echizen.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, 2017 | 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 site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170215hirayu.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, 2017

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

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

15th - 17th February, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170215momoishi.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

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

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

15th - 17th February, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170212rooms.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.roomsroom.com/












「Rooms」代々木体育館(東京)

Feb 14, 2017

Yokote Bonden Snow Festival, Akita

Yokote Bonden Snow Festival, Akita

15th - 16th February, 2017 | Yokote, Akita

Bonten Festivals are in several towns in the far northern prefecture of Akita.
The largest one is held in the town of Yokote where 10 foot tall wooden poles draped with colored streamers are paraded through the streets.  












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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170215akita.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.yokotekamakura.com/index.html












横手のぼんでん(雪祭り)(秋田県)

Yokote Kamakura Snow Festival, Akita

Yokote Kamakura Snow Festival, Akita

15th - 16th February, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170215akita.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, 2017 | 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 site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170215ikeda.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 13, 2017

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

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

14th February, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170214hasedera.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

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

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

13th & 14th February, 2017 | 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 site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170214gero.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)

Feb 12, 2017

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

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

12th February, 2017 | at Nagomi Town, Kumamoto Pref.
Nagomi is a town located in Tamana District, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan.  









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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170210nagomi.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

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

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

12th February, 2017 | 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.  










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

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

12th February, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170210omuro.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

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

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

12th February, 2017 | at Kitanokoya, Togane City, Chiba Pref.
Tōgane is known for strawberry picking in February and March. Strawberries are grown in greenhouses. Because there is not much industry remaining in some rural areas of Japan like Tōgane, antique markets are gaining popularity as old farmhouses are torn down.  











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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170209kitanokoya.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.city.togane.chiba.jp/












「北之幸谷の獅子舞」千葉県東金市

Wajima Wind Winter Festival, Wajima City, Ishikawa Pref.

Wajima Wind Winter Festival, Wajima City, Ishikawa Pref.

11th - 19th February, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170209wajima.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     

Nagano Toumyou (votive candle) Festival, Zenkouji Temple, Nagano Pref.

Nagano Toumyou (votive candle) Festival, Zenkouji Temple, Nagano Pref.

11th - 19th February, 2017 | at Zenkouji Temple, Nagano Pref.
The significance of Zenkoji to the development of Nagano was instrumental: many major Japanese cities have evolved either from castle towns, harbor towns or temple towns. In the case of Nagano, it grew from a temple town which developed around its temple of great importance, Zenkoji.  












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


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170209nagano.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.nagano-toumyou.com/












「長野灯明まつり」善光寺界隈・中央通り(長野県長野市)

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

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


11th - 17th February, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170216orchid.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.jgpweb.com/













「世界らん展日本大賞」東京ドーム

Takeuchi (bamboo battle Festival), Misato Town, Akita

Takeuchi (bamboo battle Festival), Misato Town, Akita

11th - 15th (with the main event on the 15th) February, 2017 | 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 site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170215misato.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)

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

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

11th & 12th February, 2017 | Toyota City, Aichi Pref.
Tenka Festival is festival which can make prayers wish comes true by touching the well water used for Ieyasu, the Japan's great shogun's birth since it is believed he made Matsudaira Chiuzi's wish "the world (Japan) peace" fulfilled.

The must see of this festival, "Nerikomi" and "Tamazeri" by heroic naked men in loincloth figure will start around 2:00 of the 8th afternoon.  









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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170209toyota.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.citytoyota-kankou-jp.org/spot/82/











「裸まつり 天下祭」愛知県豊田市松平町

Mt. Tateyama Snow Illumination Festival, Toyama Pref.

Mt. Tateyama Snow Illumination Festival, Toyama Pref.

11th & 12th February, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170216tateyama.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

11th - 12th February, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170209yonezawa.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.

11th & 12th February, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170209candy.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.akitafan.com/











「大館アメッコ市」秋田県大館市

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

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

11th February, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170209mimasaka.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

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, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170211suna.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, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170211shitara.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://sitarakankou.on.arena.ne.jp/daminedengaku.htm












「田峯田楽」田峯観音(愛知県設楽町)

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

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

11th February, 2017 | 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 site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170211hiruko.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.

11th February, 2017 | 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 site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170209nobeyama.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

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

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

11th February, 2017 | Tamamura Town, Gunma
Tamamura is a town located in Sawa District, Gunma Prefecture, Japan.  










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


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170211sumituke.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

Daruma Doll Market at Shirakawa City, Fukushima

Daruma Doll Market at Shirakawa City, Fukushima

11th February, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170212sirakawa.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://shirakawa315.com/eng/index.html













白河だるま市(福島県白河市)

Feb 11, 2017

Kasedori (Straw Bird Festival), Ueyama, Yamagata

Kasedori (Straw Bird Festival), Ueyama, Yamagata

11th February, 2017 | 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 site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170211ueyama.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