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Japanese Festivals: Shichi-Go-San

Every November 15, parents pray for the development and happiness of their 5-year-old boys and 3- and 7-year old daughters.

Yugawara Mixes Halloween & Motorcycles

2016 marks the second edition of Yugawara's unique Halloween events, including a costume contest and the Yuga-Tsu, a 10-kilometer costumed motorcycle tour!

3 Animal Dances in Miyagi

Where could you see a dozen tigers dance on a rooftop? Head north to Miyagi!

Japanese Festivals: Seijin no Hi

Established in 1948, Seijin no Hi (Coming of Age Day) is dedicated to those who have reached 20 years of age and are therefore considered adults in Japanese society.

Japan’s Key National Celebrations

There are a handful of huge festivals and national traditions that are celebrated all across Japan each year.

3 Awesome Autumn Events in Yugawara Onsen

We're giving you the lowdown on where you can enjoy some amazing Japanese traditional events this fall around Yugawara Onsen!

Tanzan Shrine Kemari Festival

A game played by royals 1,400 years ago, held at this nature-rich shrine in Nara. Japan's football starts here!

It's Easy to Discover the History of Takayama

Ranked as a three-star Michelin destination, Takayama's ancient streetscapes are full of traditional shops, while its Takayama Matsuri is known as one of Japan's top three most beautiful festivals.

All About the Tenjin Matsuri

Japan is famous for its wide variety of festivals, and one of the Top 3 is the Tenjin festival in Osaka. Between dances and river parades, this summer event has it all. Check it out and plan your next visit!

8 Gorgeous Japanese Lantern Festivals

Japanese lantern festivals are held to ward off evil or send off the dead, or just to warm up a chilly winter.

Japanese Festivals: Hanami

Cherry blossom vewing, or 'hanami,' has a long tradition in Japan. Today people head out in droves to picnic beneath the blooming cherry trees, while more than a millennium ago, members of the royal court composed poetry just for cherry blossom viewing!

5 Cool Events at the Nagasaki Kunchi Festival

While the festival itself is well known in Japan, even most Japanese people aren't familiar with the various performances to be seen at Nagasaki's raucous Kunchi Festival.

Spectacular Handheld Bamboo Fireworks Photos

This Aichi-area festival features geysers of light exploding from handheld bamboo cannons!

Chichibu Night Festival

See impressive floats maneuvered below winter fireworks in Saitama in December.

Paint Your Face for Next Year's Crops!

Fukuoka locals show their appreciation to the powers above at this goopy harvest festival.

Revered Animals at Japan's Temples & Shrines

How can a cow heal your knee? Find out at these Tokyo-area temples and shrines!

The Meiji Restoration in Kitakyushu

Learn all about the Meiji Restoration in the city of Kitakyushu.

How to Properly Wear 'Geta'

Do you know the real Japanese technique for wearing traditional footwear?

Asakusa Tori-no-Ichi

Pray for good luck in business at this huge midnight market festival in November.

17 Awesome Things to Do for Halloween 2016

In a city famed for cosplay and seasonal celebrations, you just know Halloween is going to be epic! And we've got 17 great things lined up for you!

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