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In Japan, it is believed that when seasons change, people are more prone to be affected by the evil forces i.e. devils, so there is a need to ward off evil on the day before the beginning of the new season. As such, Setsubun (節分), which means the last...

Many people would have heard or know about the "Seijin Shiki" or the Coming of Age Ceremony which celebrates those turning 20 years old and becoming officially recognized as adults in Japan. However, do you know about the "Nibun no Ichi Seijin Shiki" which is held for children who...

There are so many bizarre festivals in Japan. One of these is the so-called Onbashira Festival which is held in the Suwa area of Nagano Prefecture every six years and often results in deaths or injuries. In order for people to experience the festival in a safe environment, the...

Japanese marriages and funerals are considered to be some of the most expensive in the world. This has been a traditional practice for all people of different backgrounds. In recent studies, though, many of the younger generations are becoming more skeptical about these traditions. Concern about monetary issues remained...

How much do you know about Japan's Obon customs? Normally during this period, Japanese people are allowed to take long vacations, and there are festivals in several places throughout the country. If you learn about Obon, its background and how it is celebrated, you'll definitely learn a lot about...

Japan has numerous festivals throughout the year with many spectators, both locally and internationally. But have you ever seen a festival done on the water? This particular festival is called, "Mifune Matsuri," which literally means "festival of three boats." This festival is believed to have originated in 1928, but...

As most of you may know, rice is a staple food for the Japanese people. Sushi, Onigiri (rice ball wrapped in seaweed nori), Tendon (Tempura on a rice bowl), Curry rice (Japanese-style mild curry with rice), to name a few. Without rice, perhaps Japanese people could not survive. To...

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