Japanese festival (matsuri)

Light Up Your Summer Nights at This Lantern Festival in Kumamoto, Japan!

In Kumamoto, there are three great fire festivals celebrated in the month of August. One of which is the festival that brings light to a dark night called the Yamaga Lantern Festival. Let’s find out more about it! Yamaga Lantern Festival The Yamaga Lantern Festival, also known as the Yamaga Toro Festival (山鹿灯篭まつり), is held…

Enjoy the Summer Festivals in Kyoto While Staying at the Luxurious Ritz-Carlton

Kyoto is home to many of Japan’s traditional events and summer festivals, some of which take place near the Ritz-Carlton, a luxury urban resort in the area. In order to let tourists make the most of their summer getaway plans, the hotel started offering its “Enjoy the Summer” accommodation plan. This will enable guests to…

5 Festivals and Activities to Participate in This Summer at Dotonbori in Osaka!

Dotonbori is one of the popular destinations in Osaka for both local and foreign tourists. The long sidewalk of Dotonbori is where you can find different shops, entertainment facilities, and restaurants with their colorful and creative signboards which give an ordinary day a festive atmosphere when you are walking in the area. During the summer…

How Significant Are Karakuri Puppets in Japan’s Robotic Industry Today?

Japan is known for its deep passion for robots. Though this may seem strange to outsiders, this fascination is nothing new. One of these robots is a traditional mechanized puppet known as “Karakuri Ningyo (からくり人形)” or Japan’s clockwork puppets. Their history is deeply rooted in the interaction between Western technology and Eastern philosophy to the…

Don’t Miss These 3 Major Summer Festivals in Osaka Held in July!

Osaka is not only known for its food and shopping districts but is also home to dozens of festivals held during the summer season. If you are traveling to this beautiful city at this time of the year, you definitely won’t fall short of things to do. Among its numerous summer festivals, these three major…

Check Out These 2 Amazing Iris Festivals Accessible From Tokyo!

Soon, irises, or “ayame (あやめ)” in Japanese, are going to be in full bloom in Japan. As a matter of fact, two big iris festivals are about to take place in Katori City (香取市), Chiba Prefecture (千葉県) and Itako City (潮来市), Ibaraki Prefecture (茨城県). These two cities face each other across the Hitachi-Tone River (常陸利根川).…

Take Part in the Top 5 Sunflower Festivals of Japan This Summer!

Japan’s seasonal flower festivals attract thousands of tourists each year. If you are looking to appreciate nature’s beauty while in the country, don’t miss these five sunflower festivals this summer! 1. Akeno Sunflower Festival (あけのひまわりフェスティバル) hokuto-kanko.jp/ Over 600,000 sunflowers welcome visitors at the Akeno Sunflower Field (明野のひまわり畑) during the annual Akeno Sunflower Festival in Hokuto…

Witness the Beautiful Bloom of Iris Flowers at These 4 Festivals in Japan!

Many kinds of flowers grow on Japan’s land and one of them is the Japanese iris in its beautiful shades of blue and purple. See the full bloom of iris flowers that blanket select parks and gardens in Japan at these four iris festivals! 1. Suigo Itako Iris Festival (水郷潮来あやめまつり – May 27 to June…

Check Out These 2 Festivals in Kasama, Ibaraki During Golden Week 2017

Do you love Japanese pottery? Would you like to buy some beautiful and artistic souvenirs from Japan? How about flowers? Would you like to go flower viewing during the remaining springtime? If so, here are two events in Kasama City (笠間市), Ibaraki Prefecture (茨城県) that you must not miss this Golden Week 2017! 1. Kasama…
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