Jan 19, 2018

Hot Springs Festival at Kawarayu-Onsen, Gunma Pref.

Hot Springs Festival at Kawarayu-Onsen, Gunma Pref.

20th January, 2018 | at Kawarayu-Onsen, Gunma Pref.
Need a relaxing vacation where your problems drift away in soothing, warm, natural spring water?
Come visit the resort village of Kawarayu Hot Springs, where you can emerge yourself in the healing waters and traditional Japanese culture.
A variety of hotels offer a relaxing atmosphere in a traditional setting, where you can enjoy the hot springs, local dishes, and community festivals.
The tradition-filled mystical Yukake Festival is said to have been running for some 400 years, where on the morning of the coldest day of the year January 20th, termed “daikan” (or "大寒"), heroic young men bearing traditional fundoshi-wear splash hot water on one another.
This sight-to-see festival will be held January 20th in Kawarayu Hot Spring’s Ōyu-mae special venue grounds, roughly an hour’s drive away from Kanetsu expressway’s Shibukawa-Ikaho interchange.  






# For the details, please access to the followings site;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/180120kawarayu.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.kawarayu.jp/access.html












「川原湯温泉 湯かけ祭り」群馬県長野原町

Jan 18, 2018

Obisha! (Lion Dance Festival) at Hiregasaki, Nagareyama City, Chiba Pref.

Obisha! (Lion Dance Festival) at Hiregasaki, Nagareyama City, Chiba Pref.

20th January, 2018 | at Hiregasaki, Nagareyama City, Chiba Pref.
Nagareyama is located in the far northwestern corner of Chiba Prefecture, bordered by the Edogawa River to the west.  





# For the details, please access to the followings site;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/180120obisha.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://maruchiba.jp/sys/data/index/page/id/13768












「鰭ケ崎のオビシャ」千葉県流山市

Ice Sculpture Festival at Matsumoto Catsle, Nagano Pref.

Ice Sculpture Festival at Matsumoto Catsle, Nagano Pref.

19th - 22nd January, 2018 | at Matsumoto Catsle, Nagano Pref.
Matsumoto Castle is one of the most complete and beautiful among Japan's original castles. It is a "hirajiro" - a castle built on plains rather than on a hill or mountain. Matsumoto Castle is unique for having both a secondary donjon and a turret adjoined to its main keep. The castle structures, in combination with their characteristic black wainscoting, give off an air of grandeur and poise.  









# For the details, please access to the followings site;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/180126ice.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.go-nagano.net/












「国宝松本城氷彫フェスティバル」長野県松本市

Jan 17, 2018

Imafuku Hebitsuna (Snake Gragon Festival), Miyazu City, Kyoto

Imafuku Hebitsuna (Snake Gragon Festival), Miyazu City, Kyoto

19th January, 2018 | Miyazu City, Kyoto
Miyazu (宮津市 Miyazu-shi) is a city located in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. The city was founded on June 1, 1954. As of May 31, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 21,512, with 8,360 households and a population density of 127.06 persons per km². The total area is 169.31 km².  







# For the details, please access to the followings site;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] www.goldenjipangu.com/180119hebi.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.amanohashidate.jp/
















「今福の蛇綱」京都府宮津市今福地区

Jan 16, 2018

Toh-shiya (Archery Contest) at Sanjusangen-do Temple, Kyoto

Toh-shiya (Archery Contest) at Sanjusangen-do Temple, Kyoto

17th January, 2018 | at Sanjusangen-do Temple, Kyoto
Come and experience the spirit of Japanese archery. A contest of archers firing arrows at targets 60 meters away  
Archers compete against each other in the 120-meter long Sanjusangen-do Temple, which is the world's longest wooden structure. The l meter in diameter target is positioned 60 meters away, so a high level of expertise is required. As this event marks the first shooting of arrows in the New Year, it is also called "New Year archery" and is held on the Sunday closest to January 15th.
Advanced-level archers, as well as 20-year-olds gather there from all over the country. In Japan, coming of age occurs when turning twenty. Rows of young women dressed in kimono in celebration of entering adulthood draw their bows, creating a very impressive sight.






# For the details, please access to the followings site;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/180113kyoto.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.kyoto.travel/  ››  http://sanjusangendo.jp/











通し矢 大的大会(おおまとたいかい)三十三間堂 (京都)

Bonden-sai (carrying bonden for the gods to descend), Akita

Bonden-sai (carrying bonden for the gods to descend), Akita

17th January, 2018 | at Miyoshi shrine, Akita
A contest to become the first to reach the sacred mountain, carrying bonden for the gods to descend.  
A bonden is a sacred wand measuring almost four meters in length, which serves as a marker for the gods descending to this world. In ancient times, bonden used to be made of paper or rice straw, but in recent years, they are often made by decorating a bamboo basket with colorful fabric.
The bonden wands are carried by groups of children, townspeople, or even company employees. Each group entrusts the bonden with their prayers for an abundant harvest, good health for their families and success in business.






# For the details, please access to the followings site;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/180117akita.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.miyoshi.or.jp/kids/bondensai.html











「ぼんでん祭」 太平山三吉神社 (秋田市)