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Delicious Food and Tips on Making the Most of Japanese Festivals in the New Year!

Every season, Japanese people celebrate with tons and tons of festivals. All the themes are different, but they all follow a similar pattern, so here is a basic guideline to get the best out of your experience! 1. Engage in the activities   anfsdc.blogspot.jp/ Find out about the games and participate! Even though you may…

Soma Nomaoi: A Brief on the Wild Horse Racing Samurai Festival

There was a time in the 10th century when Samurai warriors secretly commenced military exercises which involved the general releasing wild horses onto a plain where they were then pursued and captured by his cavalry. In the end, the captured horses were given as offerings to the Shinto deity. This traditional festival is still being…

Dogo Onsen Art Festival: Enjoy Unusual but Mesmerizing Works of Art

Matsuyama is the capital city of Ehime Prefecture on Shikoku island. It is a home to many old hot springs in Japan. One of the oldest spa resorts in the area is called “Dogo Onsen Honkan.” It is one of the famous spa resorts popular for emperors all throughout the country. This year marks its…

Experience Japanese Tradition and Pound Some Fresh Mochi this December!

While there are dozens of mochi specialty shops throughout Japan which are almost made with the help of machines, you should know what was the traditional labor intensive way of making – or to make it specific – pounding mochi! Tradition   Mochi is Japanese rice cake. Mochitsuki is a traditional Japanese ceremony to make…

Delirious Naked Mud Festival in Yotsukaido, Chiba

Every February in a small town in a Chiba called Yotsukaido there is a great festival known as the Warabi Hadaka matsuri- also known as the naked festival. The festival is held to bring good luck and protection to the towns babies.   Author’s photo The festival starts with a procession of mostly naked men,…