To pray for a good harvest in the new year, local artists perform traditional skills along with music and drumming whilst being carried around the city of Katsuyama on 12 high wooden stages. On the banks of the Kuzuryu river, new years ornaments and decorations will be burned in a Dondo-yaki ceremony. The traditional fire festival has been held on the last Saturday and Sunday of February for the last 300 years and draws great crowds. There are various activities throughout the day, but the final fire-lighting begins at 8.30pm – 9pm. Maps for photography spots have been provided here as well as detailed travel information.
The Paantu festival takes place on the Okinawa Prefecture island of Miyakojima in the far south of the archipelego. The villagers dress up as ‘Paantu’ – supernatural beings covered in mud and foliage. They also wear long masks. Their aim […]
Continuing a tradition that has taken place at Osawa Pond next to Daikakuji since the Heian era, this event gives you the chance to float on a boat in the pond under a clear autumn moon. If the moon is […]
The home of green tea in Japan, the small town holds a traditional tea-jar opening ceremony on the first Sunday in October each year. Located just between Kyoto and Nara, Uji has long been famous for producing high quality green […]
If you’re in the mood for some kitchen-based souvenirs for your trip to Japan – or need to fill up your kitchen here, then look no further. The Osaka Kitchenware street is holding their annual festival to display the best […]
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