Horsing Around at Tado Festival in Mie

Apr 16, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Japan has so many strange, eccentric and exciting festivals every year that it is sometimes difficult to keep track. However, few festivals are exciting and dramatic as Ageuma-Shinji, held every year in Tado, Mie. Also known as Tado Festival, Ageuma-Shinji has been held in this sleepy little town since the Nanboku-chō...[ Click to read more ]

International Festival of Extreme Sports

Mar 26, 2019 By Matt Mangham

For three days in April, downtown Hiroshima will take on a new vibe as crowds of breakdancers, freestyle BMX riders, parkour players and other extreme athletes converge on the site of the former municipal stadium just north of Peace Park for FISE Hiroshima. FISE, which stands for Festival International des...[ Click to read more ]

Belgian Beer Weekend Nagoya

Mar 21, 2019 By Ray Proper

The famous Belgian Beer Weekend traditionally takes place the first weekend of September at the beautiful “Grand Place of Brussels."  The Japan versions of this event? Not in September! Belgian beer, food, and music. Welcome to the best weekend! Belgium is probably the best-kept secret in Europe! Although it may...[ Click to read more ]

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Top Five Hanami Sites near Hiroshima

Feb 25, 2019 By Admin

Hanami is what the Japanese call "flower viewing,"  especially cherry blossoms (桜 sakura) with friends and family. In modern practice, hanami is enjoyed, especially by the younger generations of Japan, with copious amounts of food and drink. The practice is so popular that finding and securing a good spot in a...[ Click to read more ]

Top Hanami Sites in Tokyo

Feb 20, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

The weather will soon begin to get warmer, the days longer, and it'll be time again for "hanami." If you're new to Japan and Japanese culture, hanami literally means "flower viewing," but not just any flower will do. We're talking about Japan's symbol of all things cute, beautiful, and like the...[ Click to read more ]

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Tokyo

Feb 17, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

  St. Patrick's Day, the commemoration of the death of the patron saint of Ireland, is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other national festival, and Japan, is of course, no different. As a day in which the abstinence restrictions of lent are temporarily lifted, it has, particularly in...[ Click to read more ]

Things are Hotting up at Toba no Himatsuri Fire Festival

Jan 28, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Aichi sees a fair number of harvest festivals around the start of the Chinese New Year, with communities praying that their crops in the coming year will be bountiful and generous. However, very few of them are quite as, without wanting to seem disrespectful, terrifyingly crazy as The Toba no...[ Click to read more ]

Setsubun Festivals in Tokyo

Jan 25, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

So you survived O-shogatsu (Japanese New Year's) and are looking forward to the end of March and the blooming of the cherry trees, but the reality is there are at least 60 more days to go before a single pink blossom appears. While it will not bring the blossoms any closer, did you...[ Click to read more ]

Setsubun Festivals in Nagoya

By Ray Proper

  "That Bean-Throwing Festival" Setsubun, or "That Bean-Throwing Festival" celebrates the beginning of spring in Japan. Celebrated yearly on February 3 as part of the Spring Festival, its association with the Lunar New Year makes this festival a sort of New Year's Eve. This association is accompanied by a special...[ Click to read more ]

‘Jewels of the Sea’ Miyajima Oyster Festival near Hiroshima

Jan 23, 2019 By Jade Brischke

Although Hiroshima is famous for its oysters throughout the year, it is during winter, in the coldest month of February that they're at their best.  Sure you can go to a famous restaurant or oyster bar in Hiroshima to enjoy them, but for something more fun (and certainly cheaper!), why...[ Click to read more ]