One of the three annual festivals at Yakuoin Temple on Mount Takao, this is a memorable way to see in the New Year. Beginning at midnight and continuing until 5pm that day, multiple goma fire rituals are performed to cleanse and purify for the new year in front of the statue of Izuna Daigongen—the image on display in the main hall.
The ceremonies are performed by the head priest of the temple for all visitors (and there are plenty) who climb the mountain to participate. At sunrise, conches are blown by mountain ascetics and the priests recite sutras to welcome the first day of the new year. This is called Geikosai and welcomes the light of a new day.
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 […]
The Vietnam Festival is back with all the trimmings. Held at Yoyogi Park, the event stage will host the weekend’s performances, stating with a folk art performance featuring ao dai (traditional Vietnam silk tunic). The ao dai show is at 10:00 on […]