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.
One of the most impressive sights in Japan this January, the Wasakusa Yamayaki sees the entire mountainside go up in flames as fireworks are launched behind it (sadly no fireworks this year due to COVID-19). Although its origins are unclear, […]
On the shores of Lake Towada, the venue is transformed into an illuminated winter wonderland for a period of three months in winter. In previous years, the event was compressed into three weeks in February, but in the interest of […]
While most snow festivals feature man-made sculptures, the snow monsters of Zao are entirely natural. Created in rare circumstances that require specific weather and tree formation, the snow gathers in such a way that monsters are formed in the mountains. […]
Celebrated to mark the end of winter and the day before spring begins, setsubun is an age-old Japanese ceremony thought to drive evil spirits from the house. Many people dress as demons and are herded out of businesses and houses […]
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