Mountain of Burning Letters, Kyoto Daimonji Okuribi Mountain Bonfire!

Mountain of Burning Letters,  Kyoto Daimonji Okuribi Mountain Bonfire!

      Overview   Mountain Bonfire, known as Gozan no Okuribi or Daimonji Okuribi in Japanese, is one of the major traditional seasonal events in Kyoto. Here, the giant bonfires, each with a distinct shape, are lit on mountains surrounding the city. This bonfire also signifies sending off spirits of deceased family members who came to visit during O-Bon.             Event Schedule   Every year on August 16 Time: from 8:00 P.M.             How to Enjoy   The bonfires…

Luxurious Tokyo Sightseeing Experience? Yakatabune (Japanese Houseboat)!

Luxurious Tokyo Sightseeing Experience? Yakatabune (Japanese Houseboat)!

               Overview      Yakatabune are a kind of private Japanese boat, where people ride for sightseeing or holding party with friends and families. You can enjoy sightseeing in Tokyo in an unconventional way−−− from boat. You can enjoy the sight Tokyo’s bayside where you can see many unique bridges along river, Skytree, and Odaiba. During spring, you can enjoy a beautiful river view with cherry blossoms. While in summer, you enjoy fireworks. Traditional Japanese food is also served on boat. You will enjoy…

YABUSAME, horseback archery~ the art of speed and strength

YABUSAME, horseback archery~ the art of speed and strength

       Overview      Yabusame means horseback archery activities, which originated from 6 century A.D, when Kinmei emperor prayed for the peace of his kingdom and the rich of his people by shooting off three board on a running horse. However, it does not formally become a ritual until 12 century A.D when Minamoto Noyoritomo changed Yabusame into one of the famous ritual in Japan. Nowadays, many shrine all over Japan offer the chance to take a look of this wonderful ritual which combines skill and strength.  …

Miyako Odori, Dances of the Capital ~

Miyako Odori, Dances of the Capital ~

               Overview     Miyako Odori is a traditional Japanese style dance show annually held in April. It is not only the traditional dance show, but also watch tea serving procedure by Geisha. You can also enjoy the traditional tea experience before the show (“Special Class Ticket” only).   The first show took place in 1872, soon after the Meiji Revolution. Nobuatsu Nagatani, Kyoto’s prefectural governor and vice governor, Masanao Makimura at that time had held an exhibition as a part of his policies to…

Lose Control . . . and Go Wild in SUMMER SONIC!

Lose Control . . . and Go Wild in SUMMER SONIC!

                Overview   Summer Sonic, or also known as ‘Samasoni’, is an urban rock festival, held every year from early to mid-August for two days in Tokyo (Chiba) and Osaka. The concept is an urban festival where you can go even for a just day trip. It is urban style festival which extruded commercial property, delivering a momentous, powerful stage.           Event Schedule   Early to mid-August for two days Upcoming: August 20~21, 2016 at Tokyo and Osaka (will…

A Resplendent Summer Parade, Gion Matsuri Festival!

A Resplendent Summer Parade, Gion Matsuri Festival!

            Overview   The Gion Festival takes place annually in Kyoto and is one of the most famous festivals in Japan. It originated as part of a purification ritual to appease the gods thought to cause fire, floods and earthquakes in 869. Nowadays, it goes for the entire month of July and is crowned by a parade, the Yambuku Junko (山鉾巡行) on July 17 and July 24. There are near one million people come and join enjoying the festival every year, and recently, it has…

A Fascinating Festival of Floats ~ Hakata Gion Yamakasa

A Fascinating Festival of Floats ~ Hakata Gion Yamakasa

          Overview   Hakata Gion Yamagasa is one of the most interesting Japanese festivals, famous for its one ton float-racing. The main event of this festival called Oiyama, a race of 7 floats which has fascinates spectators for more than 700 years. You can also enjoy 14 decorated floats for exhibition in Hakata during the festival.           Event Schedule   From 1st to 15th July of every year If you want to see floats parading in the streets of Hakata, go on…

Kishiwada Danjiri Festival, a race of strength and speed!

Kishiwada Danjiri Festival, a race of strength and speed!

          Overview   Danjiri Festival is a cart-pulling festival held in Japan, especially in the Kinki regions. The terms ‘danjiri’ means a large wooden cart in the shape of shrine or temple. This festival is originally a ritual ceremony held to pray for good harvest. In this festival, vigorous men pull the gorgeous danjiri through the streets in 70 areas in Kishiwada. The most exciting sight is Yarimawashi, when danjiri turns at a corner without reducing its speed. This thrilling and stunning parade is a tradition…

‘Do you wanna build a Snowman?’~ Here, at Sapporo Snow Festival!

‘Do you wanna build a Snowman?’~ Here, at Sapporo Snow Festival!

                Overview   Sapporo Snow Festival is a winter festival, held every year in early February at Otaru City, Hokkaido. It is a one of biggest event that attracts 2.4 million visitors from both within Japan and abroad to Hokkaido. There are three venues which is the highlight of the festival: Odori Venue, Tsudome Venue, and Susukino Venue. There are large skillfully crafted snow sculptures Odori Venue, snow activities at Tsudome Venue, beautifully carved ice sculptures reflecting neon lights at Susukino Venue. Let’s…

Dance! Festival! Aomori Nebuta Matsuri

Dance! Festival! Aomori Nebuta Matsuri

              Overview   Aomori Nebuta Matsuri is a summer festival held in Aomori (青森市, the capital city of Aomori Prefecture). Each year, there are over 3 million people joining the festival. And it is most famous of Nebuta (giant figures on the festival-cars) and Haneto dance. (Dance with special costumes)           Event schedule   From 2nd to 7th in August 19:10〜21:00           How to Purchase the Ticket   Free for watching all the parade and events….