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Omizutori: a Fiery Festival in Nara

In Japan, there are many ways to repent of your sins, and these ways usually differ per place. In Nara Prefecture people observe a two-week long ceremony that serves as a repentance ritual, with the final observance known as ‘Omizutori’. It has its origins in the Buddhist belief that people need to try to cleanse…

3 Prestigious Japanese Spring Festivals

Spring is a time of renewal, it heralds the end of a cold winter with the promise of new life for nature. In spring Japan really comes alive, hanami parties and cherry blossom viewing is a national past-time at this time of year. However hanami is not the only event that you can see in…