Tokushima “Awa Odori” Festival!

If you like to dance, then head over to Tokushima for the annual “Awa Odori” Festival! Over 1.2 Million performers and spectators will be in Tokushima, Japan over the next few days to take part in one of Japan’s largest dance festivals! “Awa Odori” is part of the Obon festival in Tokushima, and originates from…

Tanabata Festival!

Tanabata (七夕) also known as the “Star Festival”, is a popular festival in Tokyo, and is celebrated on July 7th each year. This festival celebrates the meeting of the gods Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair). Legend of Two Lovers Orihime (織姫 Weaving Princess), daughter of the Tentei (天帝 Sky King), wove beautiful clothes by the bank of the Amanogawa (天の川 Milky Way). Her…

Sapporo Snow Festival Sculptures!

The 68th Annual Sapporo Snow Festival began in Sapporo today, and the snow sculptures look amazing! The Sapporo Snow Festival is one of Japan’s largest winter events, and every year about 2 Million people see about 250 creative ice sculptures. Event if you are not in Japan, you can enjoy some of the great ice…

Doraemon and Tokyo Solamachi Collaboration!

Doraemon and Tokyo Solamachi are collaborating on a special event ahead of the new movie “Doraemon the Movie 2017: Great Adventure in the Antarctic.” The event will run from February 4, 2017, and includes an ice skating rink, cafes, and virtual reality experience. The ice skating rink will be located at the Sky Arena on…

Dragon Ball Food Fair And Stamp Rally!

Fans of Dragon Ball have another event to celebrate, as the East Japan Railway Company is having a special Dragon Ball event until February 27, 2017. The event includes a Stamp Rally and food fair, which will bring artwork, food, and stamp locations around the 63 JR stations and 2 Tokyo Monorail stations. Collecting stamps…

Usokae Shinji Ritual

On Tuesday, January 14, 2017, Kameido Tenjinsha shrine in Koto Ward, Tokyo, Japan will celebrate its annual Usokae Shinji ritual. “Uso” means bullfinch and “kae” means exchange. In other words, a bullfinch exchange. Why a bullfinch? Because they are thought to bring good luck. (Photo courtesy of JapanFly.com) But “Uso” also means “lie,” which is…

Tokyo Yamathon 2016!

If you are familiar with Japan, then you have probably heard, and used, the Yamanote Line—it’s that super-convenient JR train that takes you all around the main districts in Japan. Well, did you know that there is a marathon associated with this train? It’s called the Yamathon! The Yamathon is a marathon in which teams…

Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day)

Another Golden Week has come to an end, as yesterday was “Kodomo no Hi” or Children’s Day—the last holiday in the Golden Week party. Children’s Day is celebrated on May 5th, and was designated as a national holiday in 1948. History It was originally known as “Tango no Sekku” or Boy’s Day, and as the name…

Niconico Chokaigi 2016!

Yesterday was the last day of this year’s Niconico Chokaigi 2016, which was held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture. The event was from April 29 to April 30, and brought more than 152,000 attendees! Niconico is a video sharing website in Japan, and is Japan’s largest social video website with over 53 Million registered…