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Setsubun at Kasuga Shrine
Lanterns aglow on a midwinter's eve in Nara
Enjoying the candlelit lanterns at Kasuga Taisha Shrine in Nara.
Kyoto Cherry Blossom Illuminations
A fairytale wonderland after dark
The Cherry Blossom season in Kyoto starts in late March, and from March 29 to April 14 you can experience its fleeting beauty in many of Kyoto’s parks, temple and castle gardens. Called hanami in Japanese, locals and tourists alike take this time to celebrate spring with a picnic underneath a full bloom of cherry trees. Whether you are eating, drinking, dancing or relaxing, look up and see a sea of flowers above you. At night, many places are lit up, with the blossoms taking on a magical glow. Here are Kyoto’s magnificent seven after dark.
Hina Festival of Inatori Onsen
A beautiful display in Shizuoka's Izu Peninsula
From January 20th to March 31st, the tiny seaside town of Inatori, in the Izu Peninsula, hosts its annual 'Hina-no-tsurushikazari Matsuri', a lovely festival combining hina dolls and handmade hanging ornaments.
Hanamaki Souminsai
A Shinto purification festival to bring in the new year
The Hanamaki Souminsai is held every year on January 2nd at the Koshio shrine on Mount Koshio.
Toyama/Gifu Fair at Futako-Tamagawa
Food, products and performances
The Toyama and Gifu food/product fair was held at Futako-Tamagawa's RISE complex back on November 21st–22nd 2015.
Traditional Korean Mounted Archery
Annual contest held in Koma, Saitama
Traditional Korean Mounted Archery held annually in Koma to celebrate 1,300 years of history with ancient Korea.
Zushi Yabusame and Yokohama Jazz
#Yabusame, #Jazz, and #Noodles
Zushi and Yokohama - Archery, Jazz and Good Food.  What to do on a chilly cloudy fall day.
Street Performance World Cup
Four days of fun and energy in Shizuoka City
Held every autumn in Shizuoka City in central Japan, the Daidogei Street Performance World Cup is an exuberant four-day festival of international street performance, with acts from around the world.
Daruma Doll Painting in Gunma
As religion and art comes together
Daruma dolls trace back to the import of Zen Buddhism and stories of local history. They have transformed from a religious object to popular culture item. Making prayers with a Daruma doll should be an interesting and inspiring experience.
Imai-cho, the Nail that Sticks Up
Art, innovation, contrast and history in Nara
Imai-cho, the Nail that Sticks Up
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