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…

Comic Market ~ Heaven of all comics, anime, and Doujinshi Lovers !

Comic Market ~ Heaven of all comics, anime, and Doujinshi Lovers !

                   Overview     “Comic Market” or also known as Comiket is the world biggest manga, anime, and doujinshi fair. It is held twice a year; once during August known as NatsuComi, and once during December, known as FuyuComi, at Tokyo Big Sight near Ariake in Odaiba, Tokyo. This three-day event gathered almost 600,000 people. *Doujinshi is a Japanese term for self-published work, usually manga novels or manga.              Event Schedule     Summer: August (Obon) ・Winter: December (New…

Wonder Festival, the largest figures exhibition and market!

Wonder Festival, the largest figures exhibition and market!

                    Overview   Wonder Festival is the world largest Garage Kit (Figures) sales and exhibition event. Regardless of being a pro or an amateur, this event allows figure makers to bring their creation to display and sell in the event. Though the main event is about exhibiting and selling figures, there are also free markets and cosplay. The highlight of this event is that companies that holds characters’s copyright allows buying selling the characters figure for a day. In other words,…

Battleground of Cosplayers from all over the world, World Cosplay Summit ~ where Anime character comes to life!

Battleground of Cosplayers from all over the world, World Cosplay Summit ~ where Anime character comes to life!

               Overview     World Cosplay Summit is the world largest cosplay festival. Cosplayers from Japan and all over the world gather in this event to meet and have international culture exchange, as well as take pictures, and enjoy the world largest cosplay parade. Moreover, there is “Cosplay Championship”, where representative cosplayer from each country prepares a stage performance to compete for the championship.             Event Schedule     Around the end of July ~ Early August Upcoming event:…

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…

Beating Summer Heat with ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL!

Beating Summer Heat with ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL!

            Overview   Rock In Japan Festival is Japan’s largest open-air rock festival. Most of the performers are Japanese artists. Currently, there are 6 live stages, to which 6 different artist perform at the same time.           Event Schedule   The event will be held for 3~4 days in early August. For 2016, the event will be held on: Date: August 6, 7 and 13, 14 (four days) Venue: Hitachi Seaside Park   Performing Artists (as of 2015) http://rijfes.jp/2015/artist    …

Let’s Get Crazy Till the Sunrise! RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL!

Let’s Get Crazy Till the Sunrise! RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL!

        Overview   Rising Sun Rock Festival is one of Japan’s four biggest festival held every summer in Otaru, Hokkaido. The highlight of this festival is All-Night event, which is held in the field. Same like its name, along with music, the participants of the festival greet the morning altogether in the magnificent land of Hokkaido. This festival is like a genre race, thus the genre of music here is not only limited rock. In other words, there are also performances of techno, rave, and many different…

What’s on? Check what the latest trend in KOBE COLLECTION!

What’s on? Check what the latest trend in KOBE COLLECTION!

               Overview      The Kobe Collection is a fashion event held every spring and autumn in Kobe and other cities with over 30 brands participated. It is characteristically a public relations event for consumers, and a chance for young designers to exhibit their own collections.              Event Schedule      Late August or early September Late February or early March Upcoming Event: KOBE COLLECTION 2015 AUTUMN/WINTER Date: September 5 (Sat), 2015 Time: 11:00 ~ 20:00      …

Sparkling, Flaming Flowers in the Summer Night Sky, PL Art of Fireworks Festival

Sparkling, Flaming Flowers in the Summer Night Sky, PL Art of Fireworks Festival

             Overview      PL Art of Fireworks Festival is a religious event of Church Perfect Liberty. It is recognized as one of the biggest fireworks festivals in the world.              Event Schedule      August 1 Time 19:55 ~ 20:50              How to Enjoy      Surprisingly, more than 20,000 units of artistic fireworks are continuously shot off with BGM and the highlight is the mega-size Star Mine blasting 8,000 shots that light up…

Dances of Light by the Lakeside, Biwako Great Fireworks Festival!

Dances of Light by the Lakeside,  Biwako Great Fireworks Festival!

               Overview      Biwako Great Firework Festival is an annual event is one of the greatest fireworks festivals in Japan held every summer in Lake Biwa, Shiga Prefecture. Many people from within and outside the Shiga prefecture come to Shiga to participate in this grand festival.            Event Schedule      It is usually held on August 7th or 8th, but the date may change due to weather conditions.   Upcoming Event: August 7 (Fri), 2015 ※ May postponed…