festivals

Is ramune another COVID-19 casualty? Iconic Japanese soda faces plummeting sales and bleak summer

Not the ramune!

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Yakuza leadership airs complaints about COVID-19’s effect on money gains and operations

Nothing to shed tears over, really.

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Mt Fuji Shiba-sakura Festival, where beautiful “lawn sakura” blossom

A unique hanami event right next to Japan’s most famous mountain.

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Goodbye katanuki? Japanese festival game may go extinct thanks to the pandemic

The only makers of katanuki pieces may have to close their doors forever if the pandemic continues much longer.

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Mysterious Spirit Boat Procession in Nagasaki and the sandbox tram that follows it【Video】

A night when mystery hangs thick in the air. 

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We eat imoni, a delicious autumn stew, at a unique version of a traditional Japanese festival

Celebrating the arrival of autumn with a piping-hot bowl of delicious stew!

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Kyoto’s annual giant mountain bonfire displays drastically reduced in 2020

Gozan no Okuribi organizers strike a balance between tradition and safety.

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Japan has a festival where they straight-up throw dudes into a fire【Videos】

Getting married or having a kid? Then into the flames you go!

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Rare Fish Festival in Tokyo serves up dishes so good that oil may leak from your anus!

It’s sphincter leakin’ good!

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One of Japan’s favorite traditional desserts almost breaks the spirit of SoraNews24’s Mr. Sato

Mr. Sato attempts to eat this traditional Japanese sweet for the first time and realizes that it’s not for novices. Read More

Hyakki Yagyo: Night Parade of 100 Demons scares tourists in Kyoto【Videos】

Japan’s most terrifying ghouls, monsters and demons come out to frighten the public on a street believed to border the spirit world.

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Japanese festival float slams full-speed into power pole at Danjiri Matsuri in Osaka 【Videos】

Festival-goers sustain injuries, suffer broken bones at one of the most dangerous festivals in Japan.

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Niigata brings back mysterious cat mask festival for the first time in almost 90 years

Geisha once cosplayed as white cats to revive a devastated Japanese town. 

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Kyoto-roasted coffee has a connection to one of the city oldest, most beautiful summer ceremonies

Gozan no Okuribi fire festival inspires new line of gourmet coffee.

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Silent Bon odori dance?! Japan’s traditional summer festival gets a modern twist

The lively dance becomes a silent dance to appeal to younger audiences.

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What it’s really like to join a Japanese festival and carry a mikoshi around Tokyo for a day

We join the festivities at Suga Shrine, made famous as one of the real-life locations from the hit anime film Your Name

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Special penis shrine books will even be available for the first time this year.

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Hanazono Jinja Shrine: Lanterns, stalls and rakes at annual Tori no Ichi cock festival in Tokyo

Don’t miss your chance to attend one of the biggest cock festivals in Tokyo.

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Tokyo’s Nakano district doesn’t just have an Obon Dance, it has an Obon Jovi Dance!

The west Tokyo neighborhood’s take on the centuries-old event is like bad medicine, and bad medicine is what I need.

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Japanese festival serves up juice in I.V. bags to keep you hydrated and healthy【Pics】

There’s no refusin’ this delicious transfusion!

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