Feb 20, 2017

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

Wanko-Soba Eating Competition, Hanamaki City, Iwate Pref.

Wanko-Soba Eating Competition, Hanamaki City, Iwate Pref.

11th February, 2017 | Hanamaki City, Iwate Pref.  
Wanko-soba, which is buckwheat noodles served in small bowls, originated in the city.
Usually, men can eat around 50 bowls of wanko soba, while women can eat about 30. 












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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170211wanko.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.kanko-hanamaki.ne.jp/event/event_detail.php?id=55













「わんこそば全日本大会」岩手県花巻市

Osaka Auto Messe 2017 at INTEX OSAKA, Suminoe, Osaka

Osaka Auto Messe 2017 at INTEX OSAKA, Suminoe, Osaka

10th - 12th February, 2017 | at INTEX OSAKA, Suminoe, Osaka
Japan's biggest international exhibition space, INTEX Osaka, with exhibitions, trade fairs, and sales events held daily!  









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


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












「大阪オートメッセ」インテックス大阪

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

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

10th - 12th February, 2017 | Oga, Akita Prefecture
The Namahage Sedo Festival is a combination of the Shinto “Saitousai” ritual held on January 3rd at Shinzan Shrine in Kitaura, Oga City and a traditional “Namahage” event begun in 1964 and held on the second Friday, Saturday and Sunday of February every year at Shinzan Shrine.
This festival starts at the grounds of Shinzan Shrine.  











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


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170208oga.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.city.oga.akita.jp/













なまはげ柴灯(せど)まつり 秋田県男鹿市北浦 真山神社

Feb 10, 2017

Oni Matsuri (Devil Festival), at Akumi Kanbe Sinmeisha Shrine, Toyohashi, Aichi

Oni Matsuri (Devil Festival), at Akumi Kanbe Sinmeisha Shrine, Toyohashi, Aichi

10th - 11th February, 2017 | at Akumi Kanbe Sinmeisha Shrine, Toyohashi, Aichi
Toyohashi is a city in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.  










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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170210toyohashi.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.honokuni.or.jp/toyohashi/













安久美神戸神明社の鬼祭り(愛知県豊橋市)

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

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

10th & 11th February, 2017 | Aizu-Wakamatsu City, Fukushima Pref.
Aizu-Wakamatsu (会津若松) is a castle town with a long samurai tradition that is proudly put on display for visitors.
Located 100 kilometers west of the Fukushima nuclear power plants, Aizu was fortunate to receive only a relatively small amount of radioactive fallout.
Consequently, radiation levels are only slightly heightened and pose no health risk.  











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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170208candle.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.aizu.com/erousoku/












「会津絵ろうそくまつり」福島県会津若松市

Takewari Matsuri (Bamboo Cutting Festival), at Sugo-Ishibe Jinja, Kaga, Ishikawa

Takewari Matsuri (Bamboo Cutting Festival), at Sugo-Ishibe Jinja, Kaga, Ishikawa

10th February, 2017 | at Sugo-Ishibe Jinja Shrine, Kaga City, Ishikawa
Kaga is a Japanese city in Ishikawa Prefecture on the island of Honshu.  











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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170210takewari.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.tenjin.or.tv/take/wari.htm













「竹割まつり」菅生石部神社(石川県加賀市)

Yamaga Lantern Festival at Omiya Shrine, Yamaga City, Kumamoto Pref.

Yamaga Lantern Festival at Omiya Shrine, Yamaga City, Kumamoto Pref.

Every weekend on Friday & Saturday in 3rd - 23rd in February, 2017 | at Omiya Shrine, Yamaga City, Kumamoto Pref.  
Women with lit paper lanterns on their heads and dressed in cherry colored kimonos dance elegantly in the Yamaga Lantern Festival.

It is a festival led by women, which is uncommon in Kyushu.
The festival derives from a traditional legend that says when the emperor visited Omiya Shrine a long time ago, a mist emerged, so the villagers welcomed him with torchlights.

The Yamaga Lantern, a traditional art craft that originated in the Muromachi period, is made without the use of wood or metal fittings.
The Lantern somewhat resembles Japanese women, who look frail on the surface, but are strong deep down inside.












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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170228yamaga.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]
http://www.welcomekyushu.jp/attaka/akari/?mode=detail&id=4












「山鹿灯籠浪漫・百華百彩」豊前街道・八千代座(熊本県山鹿市)

Feb 9, 2017

Ofuro-san Matsuri (Spring Festival), Okawa City, Fukuoka Pref.

Ofuro-san Matsuri (Spring Festival), Okawa City, Fukuoka Pref.

9th - 11th February, 2017 | at Ofuro-san, Okawa City, Fukuoka Pref.
Okawa Town in Kyushu’s Fukuoka Prefecture has been a hub for woodcraft and furniture making for hundreds of years.

Okawa’s kiri-dansu, a wooden dresser used for storing kimono, was once a sought-after piece of furniture in the homes of the well-to-do in Japan.

Now a young generation of craftsmen is struggling to keep Okawa’s furniture business afloat.  











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

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
















「風浪宮大祭」風浪宮 福岡県大川市

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

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

9th February, 2017 | at Konomiya Shrine, Inazawa, Aichi
Inazawa is a city located in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.  













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


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170222konomiya.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.konomiya.or.jp













国府宮はだか祭(国府宮神社―愛知県稲沢市)

Feb 8, 2017

Nara Rurie (Winter Illumination Festival), Nara Pref.

Nara Rurie (Winter Illumination Festival), Nara Pref.

8th - 14th February, 2017 | at Nara park, Nara Pref.
There’s no finer time to visit Nara Park than when it’s decorated with romantic illuminations.
Stroll to Todaiji and Kofukuji temples and Kasuga-taisha shrine along a path shining with ultramarine blue, the colour loved by ancient Nara people.  











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


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170208nara.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.rurie.jp/















しあわせ回廊「なら瑠璃絵」奈良県奈良市

Tokyo International Gift Show, Tokyo Big Sight, Ariake, Tokyo

Tokyo International Gift Show, Tokyo Big Sight, Ariake, Tokyo

8th - 10th February, 2017 | at Tokyo Big Sight, Ariake, Tokyo
Tokyo International Gift Show(TIGS) is the largest International Trade Show in Japan, with the exhibits of personal gifts, consumer goods and decorative accessories.

Established in 1967, TIGS is held semi-annually, each Spring and Autumn at Japan’s state-of-the-art Tokyo International Exhibition Center (Tokyo Big Sight) organized by Business Guide-Sha, Inc.

With the Spring 2017, TIGS marks its 81st holdings and houses East Halls 1-6, West Halls 1-4 & Atrium (total of 82,660m2) of the Tokyo Big Sight.  










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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170206gift.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.giftshow.co.jp/english/














「東京インターナショナル・ギフト・ショー春」東京ビッグサイト

Feb 7, 2017

Asahikawa Winter Festival, Hokkaido

Asahikawa Winter Festival, Hokkaido

The 2017 Winter Festival will be held from February 7th to 12th, 2017.  
The Asahikawa Winter Festival (Fuyu Matsuri) is Hokkaido's second largest winter festival after Sapporo's Snow Festival.

The festival takes place over a week in early February, about the same time as the Sapporo Snow Festival.

Hence, it is possible for winter visitors to visit both festivals on the same trip as the two cities are only an 80 minute train ride apart from each other.  










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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170206asahikawa.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.city.asahikawa.hokkaido.jp/awf/index.html












旭川冬まつり (北海道旭川市)

Sapporo Snow Festival, Hokkaido

Sapporo Snow Festival, Hokkaido

6th - 12th February, 2017 | Sapporo, Hokkaido
Sapporo turns into a snow museum! Internationally renowned and Japan's largest snow festival.  

Rows of small and large snow statues are on display at three sites in Sapporo City during this festival, which is visited by two million people including overseas tourists.

Odori Park which serves as the main venue is located in the city center, and a space extending 1.5km transforms into a snow museum. International Square (Nishi 11 chome, Odori) becomes the stage for the International Snow Statue Contest and every year more than 10 teams compete from all over the world.

As this is a park, you can drop by whenever you like.
The lit-up snow statues are so beautiful (-22:00).

Moreover, the ice sculptures displayed at the Susukino Site, which is also a famous nightspot district, create a truly fantastic world.

Here, you will discover unique works with Hokkaido delicacies such as crab, cuttlefish and salmon frozen inside the ice, which are fun to look at.  













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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170205sapporo.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.snowfes.com/english/index.html













さっぽろ雪まつり(札幌)