Intense Times at the Sanja Matsuri
YouTuber Sharla in Japan jumps into the action as revelers compete to shoulder one of Asakusa Shrine's three official 'mikoshi' on the final Sunday of Tokyo's massive Sanja Matsuri.
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.
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.
All About Japanese Festivals
There are an estimated 600,000 festivals held in Japan every year—an average of 50,000 per month!
Japan’s Key National Celebrations
There are a handful of huge festivals and national traditions that are celebrated all across Japan each year.
The Rise of Halloween in Japan
How did Halloween go from an unknown word to a month-long festival of freaky fun all over Japan?
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!
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!
The History of Origami
Modern Japanese origami is actually heavily influenced by traditional European paper folding!
US vs. Japan: 6 Key Halloween Differences
What's the difference between Halloween in the U.S. and Halloween in Japan? Grace and Ryosuke from Texan in Tokyo give us the grisly goods!
A Traditional Twist on Nintendo Characters
Mario, Pokémon, Link, Star Fox and more are brought to life artistically through the same process used 200 years ago.
Pray for good luck in business at this huge midnight market festival in November.
15 Unique Festivals Only Found in Japan
There are a variety of interesting festivals in each prefecture of Japan throughout the year.
Onbashira: Japan’s Most Dangerous Festival
Every six years, the town of Suwa in Nagano Prefecture becomes the site of one of Japan's oldest festivals—which is also considered the most dangerous.
The Past and Future of Japanese Sports
Professor Lee Thompson examines how media narratives have shaped the public’s view of Japanese athletics from the postwar period to the present.
Chichibu Night Festival
See impressive floats maneuvered below winter fireworks in Saitama in December.
These Aren't Your Average Origami
This Japanese Twitter user stunned us with his amazing origami skills by using only one single piece of paper to create elaborate animals and historical figures.
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!
Paint Your Face for Next Year's Crops!
Fukuoka locals show their appreciation to the powers above at this goopy harvest festival.
Japan's Fertility Festivals: The Hard Facts
Japan is a festive nation, home to countless different festivals. However, some of them, while safe to visit, aren't exactly safe for work!