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..
The active Mount Unzen volcano sits at the center of Nagasaki’s Shimbara Peninsula. It’s known as the deadliest volcano in Japan because of its multiple eruptions over the last couple of centuries which claimed many lives. The mountain along with..
Hashima Island goes by various other names. Some call it Gunkanjima which translates to Battleship Island and some even refer to the desolate piece of land as Ghost Island. Regardless of the name you prefer, it sits approximately 15 kilometer’s from Nagasaki City…
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..
Each year in August, close to 1,000,000 people gather in various venues to watch a spectacular display of 12,000 perfectly co-ordinated fireworks going off against the Tokyo night sky. The event is known as the Jingu-Gaien Fireworks Festival and first..
Kyudo is the ancient Japanese art of archery and for the last 400 years practitioners of this martial art have been demonstrating their skills at the Sanjusangen-do temple in Kyoto. The word toshiya translates to ‘passing arrow’ and the festival has its origins..