Haarii, or dragon boat races are an ancient Okinawan seafaring custom celebrated as a festival to thank the ocean for the blessings it provides. For these races sabani’s, which are elongated boats used by Okinawan fishermen for centuries, are used..
The Koenji Awa Odori is the Tokyo version of an enormous dance festival which originated in Tokushima City approximately 400 years ago. It takes place in various cities across Japan as part of the O-bon festival but the Koenji Awa Odori, as the name..
If you’re fortunate enough to be in Okinawa between late January and early February you will be among the first people in Japan to experience the yearly cherry blossoms. Actually, Spring is a period when the archipelago becomes famous..
The word Aoi Matsuri translates to ‘Hollyhock Festival’ and is sometimes referred to as the Kamo Festival. The event, which is over a thousand years old takes place yearly on the 15th March and is one of the three main Kyoto festivals. It involves a procession..
If you thought the Samba Carnival only takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil then think again. It originated in Brazil and many people do not know this but it’s also celebrated in other countries around the world. The Asakusa Samba Carrnival held each August in..
The bonsai, when sculpted correctly, has an incredible aesthetic beauty to it. And what better way is there to enjoy this art than at one of the many year-round bonsai exhibitions in Japan? These shows attract some of the best horticulturalists who come..
Every year on the third weekend of May thousands of people gather in Asakusa for one of Tokyo’s three biggest festivals – the Sanja Matsuri. It’s an enormous religious Shinto event that is loud, energetic, fun and at times extremely rowdy.
You have probably seen some amazing Japanese woodblock prints and wondered how it’s actually really done. Well, now you can learn the step by step process with an experienced teacher at one of these ukiyo-e workshops in Japan.
The Daimonji Fire Festival, also known as the Gozan no Okuribi, takes place yearly on the night of the 16th August. It’s the highlight of the three day long Obon festival and is celebrated by lighting 5 large fires in the shape of kanji characters on different..
The Naha Matsuri is the largest and oldest festival in Okinawa. Not only that but it’s also the largest tug-of-war event in the world. It started in the Ryukyu Kingdom almost 600 years ago as a thanksgiving ceremony for plentiful rain and the..