festivals

Fights break out at Japanese fight festival

The first rule of fight festival is: No fighting!

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Tokyo’s world-famous Kappabashi restaurant supply street’s annual festival is going on right now

If you need just about any kind of cookware or tableware, you can find it here.

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Gigantic geyser erupts from Shinto shrine’s forest on the night before its summer festival【Video】

The way it looks, sounds, and smells all have people paying attention to this amazing display of the force of nature.

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Tokyo’s Nakano adds rock and disco to its annual summer bon dance【Videos】

The neighborhood that invented the Obon Jovi dance is back with a new set list of rock and disco hits.

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A first-time visit to Kyoto’s Gion Festival becomes a night to remember

There’s more to these giant Yamahoko floats than first meets the eye. 

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Host your very own Japanese summer festival with these DIY carnival game stands

Cool new kits let you enjoy the atmosphere of a Japanese summer festival without leaving your home.

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Studio Ghibli’s two most famous character masks come into the real world with mini o-men【Photos】

Ghibli Museum’s hand-crafted masks are here just in time for Japan’s summer festival season.

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Tokyo’s Imperial Palace to hold Floating Lantern Ceremony for first time in three years

The breathtaking event is back after being cancelled due to the pandemic.

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Japanese festival says thank you and goodbye to daruma good-luck dolls…with fire【Photos】

A dramatic send-off at a mountain temple.

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Japan’s leading maker of joke knives with retractable blades ends production

A blow to fans of consequence-free stabbing.

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Tired of your usual camping fare? Try this easy Japanese festival favorite【SoraKitchen】

Or make it at home to bring festival food to you!

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Japanese idol concert goes ahead during heavy rain, creates crazy scenes for otaku near Mt Fuji

Mosh pit turns into a pond but that doesn’t stop the singing and dancing.

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Kyoto cotton candy brings us the taste of a traditional Japanese festival

Specialty sweets maker pops up in Tokyo for a limited time.

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Latest design for gorgeous stylized Japanese Coca-Cola cans spotlights Tohoku festivals

You’ll want to grab this pretty commemorative Coke can if you’re in northern Japan.

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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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