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Winter Events & Traditions

Winter Japanese traditions, festivals, and illuminations.

7 Great Winter Activities in Northern Tohoku

1. Get sporty Winter in Northern Tohoku is a paradise for those who enjoy winter sports. Majestic mountain ranges carpeted in fresh powder snow provide a number of great ski hills all over the region....

New Year’s Day celebrations in Japan

After the New Year's Eve celebrations, it's the real deal. Japanese people go back to their family home during the holidays and spend time together eating and talking. Enjoying company and food You could say that...

Kamakura Matsuri (Snow Hut Festival): More than Just Igloos!

Kamakura festivals, often held on the day of the first full moon of a new year (around mid-February) to pray for household safety and a bumper grain harvest, are traditional events in the Tohoku...

Myriad Winter Festivals in Tohoku!

Hachinohe Enburi : Dance Parade for Good Harvest Aomori’s Hachinohe shi holds an enburi festival every year from February 17 to 20 to celebrate the arrival of spring. The Hachinohe Enburi, with a history of...

Join the Kase-dori Festival and bring in a prosperous year

If you happen to visit Yamagata prefecture during February, don’t miss the Kase-dori Festival held in Kaminoyama City. Yamagata, one of the northern prefectures of Japan, is known for its snow laden climate and great...

Namahage Culture: Living with the Times

In an agriculture society where people's daily lives depend on the weather, people have worshipped the gods at festivals to praculture of Namahage, frightening the people of Oga city in Akita Prefecture, is a...

A Taste of Sh旬n: Christmas, A Time For…Fried Chicken?

For most part of the world that celebrates Christmas, a roast turkey is the main star of the Christmas meal. But in Japan, Christmas means a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken. There are various theories...

First Shrine visit of the year – Hatsumode

New Year's is one of the most important holidays on the Japanese calendar. During the Edo period and the old way of counting, everyone was one year old at birth (because they counted the...

Revisiting Traditional Architectural Wisdom: Thatching

Thatching is the traditional Japanese craft of building a roof with dry vegetation like straw to achieve warmth and sustainability while also saving energy. In Tohoku, there remain many thatched roof houses that resemble...

Yokote Kamakura (Snow Huts)

Playing in snow huts is a popular pastime in winter for children living in the heavy snowfall areas. They make snow huts called "Kamakura " in which they play games and eat traditional delicacies. Yokote...