The Akibasan Kongen Yabuse Matsuri—or the Akibasan Protection from Fire Festival takes place at the Akibasan shrine in the Itabashi district of Odawara City.
The festival, which dates from the 16th century, is ostensibly for offering protection from fire. A better description might be “fun with fire”—with robed priests doing a variety of activities with fire including writing Chinese characters in the air with a flaming stick and firing arrows into a bonfire.
Due to COVID-19, only the trade days are going ahead for 2021. The public days are cancelled. The Tokyo Toy Show is Japan’s biggest show for the toy trade. While the first two days (Thursday and Friday) are trade only […]
A Taiwan food festival in the heart of Ueno Park. Peruse the various sweet and savory food stalls. And don’t leave without trying a Taiwanese favorite: lychee fruit. (There’s even a lychee seed-throwing contest on the weekend days. Anyone can participate […]
Formerly a compressed 2.5-day event, due to COVID-19, the Minakami Outdoor Festival has been stretched out to the Minakami Outdoor Month. As with the festival, this is a celebration of Minakami’s world-class outdoors—a chance to try some rigorous outdoor sports […]
Some of the major seasonal festivals during rainy season are based around the hydangrea flower (called ajisai in Japanese). The ajisai festivals are on all over Tokyo and beyond around the middle of June. One of the better ajisai festivals takes place annually […]
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