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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony
6/08/2013 - 6/08/2013
On this day, the Peace Memorial Ceremony (free entry) is held in front of the Hiroshima Peace City Memorial Monument erected in the Peace Memorial Park to appease the souls of those killed by the atomic bomb and to pray for eternal peace on Earth.
Daimonji Gozan Okuribi (Daimonji Bonfire)
16/08/2013 - 16/08/2013
The Daimonji Gozan Okuribi (Daimonji Bonfire) is an event held on the evening of August 16th, when gigantic Chinese characters and other motifs are depicted by fires on five Kyoto mountains signaling the end of summer.
Sapporo Autumn Festival
13/09/2013 - 13/09/2013
Focusing on cuisine representing Hokkaido and Sapporo, using seasonal ingredients and popular local food from all over Hokkaido.
Sumo ( September Grand Tournament )
15/09/2013 - 29/09/2013
The Autumn Sumo Tournament will take place between 15th September-29th September.
Kurama no Hi-Matsuri (Kurama Fire Festival)
22/10/2013 - 22/10/2013
At 6 o'clock in the evening, watch fires called kagaribi are ignited all at once in front of the houses, and people holding up small and large taimatsu (pine torches) parade all night long announcing in loud voices the arrival of the festival.
15/11/2013 - 3/01/2014
Downtown Hiroshima is transformed into a fairytale world when 1.4 million light bulbs are turned on to illuminate models including a peace castle, sailing boat, steam train and pine trees, which decorate the city streets.
14/12/2013 - 14/12/2013
The Gishi-sai is a festival held at Sengakuji Temple, honoring the forty-seven loyal retainers in Akoh. "The Forty-Seven Loyal Retainers in Akoh" is a drama based on an incident which actually took place in 1703 when 47 vassals avenged their Master's death by killing his enemy.
Hagoita-Ichi (Battledore Fair)
17/12/2013 - 19/12/2013
Fifty stalls selling hagoita (small wooden bats used in Hanetsuki, a traditional new year game that resembles badminton), shuttlecocks, kites and other New Year decorations are set up in the grounds of Asakusa Kannon Temple in Tokyo. The hagoita sold at the fair are good luck charms for ornamental purposes and are typically decorated with portraits of kabuki actors.
6/01/2014 - 6/01/2014
The spectacular New Year’s Parade of Firemen has over 100 fire engines and helicopters participating, along with large-scale fire-fighting and emergency drills. Organized by the Tokyo Fire Department, this is an event held to pray for a safe year.
9/01/2014 - 9/11/2014
This is a grand event which has continued ever since the Edo Period (17th-19th Century). Buy a good luck bamboo branch and pray to Ebisu, the patron deity of commerce for success in business.
Sumo (January Grand Tournament)
12/01/2014 - 26/01/2014
There are six annual tournaments, each lasting for 15 days. The tournaments are held in Tokyo in January, May and September, in Osaka in March, in Nagoya in July, and in Fukuoka in November.
Toh-shiya at Sanjusangen-do Temple
12/01/2014 - 12/01/2014
Come and experience the spirit of Japanese archery. A contest of archers firing arrows at targets 60 meters away.
Setsubun (Bean throwing Festival)
3/02/2014 - 4/02/2014
A festival held on the day before the beginning of spring in Japan, on Setsubun there is a special ritual of throwing roasted soybeans while chanting “In with Fortune! Out with Evil” in order to cleanse away all the evil spirits at the start of spring.
Sapporo Snow Festival
5/02/2014 - 11/02/2014
More than 214 snow and ice sculptures will be on display at three different festival sites in Sapporo during this festival, which is visited by two million people.
23/02/2014 - 23/02/2014
A total of 30,000 runners join in this marathon, which is the largest citizen participation marathon in Asia.
Tokyo International Anime Fair
21/03/2014 - 22/03/2014
One of the world’s largest anime trade fairs with highlights including workshops and stage shows by costumed characters and voice actors.