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Bon Odori Dancing Festivals in Tokyo

July 20, 2017 by Ray Proper

Obon is an annual event where Buddhists and Confucians celebrate their ancestors.  Buddhists and many Japanese people in general believe that every year during Obon their ancestor’s spirits will return from “beyond the grave” for three days to visit with relatives they left behind. The highlight of summer in Japan is the Obon holiday season, when […]

Sanno Matsuri, One of Tokyo’s Three Most Important Festivals

May 30, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

When it comes to festivals (matsuri), nothing can quite beat Japan in the summer. Pretty much every town and city will have one, and Tokyo, being the cultural (and pretty much geographical) epicenter of the country, has more than its fair share. One of the capital’s three most important matsuri – along with the Kanda […]

Summer Nights With Tokyo’s Magical Fireflies 2017

May 19, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

There are four key ways that you can tell that summer on its way in Japan. The top three are obvious: the convenience stores replacing nikuman with cold ramen; cool biz mercifully replacing suits and ties in the office; and everyone is saying “atsui ne!” every thirty seconds. But the fourth one? It’s the coming of the fireflies. Fireflies, […]

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