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Things To Try In Japan - Travel Calendar
People visit Japan for many reasons including adventure, cultural experience, visiting friends, business, shopping, hobbies, nightlife, intellectual curiosity, entertainment and enlightenment.
Whatever your mission, the following activities may play a part. They represent Japan's many possibilities.
Events - Japan Travel Calendar
Japan has hundreds of festivals and events each month. Check the Japan event calendar before your trip
Tokyo Auto Salon vs Tokyo Motor Show
The Tokyo Motor Show is a biennial auto show held at the same venue (Makuhari Messe). It's hosted by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA). That means it's essentially hosted by Japan's biggest automakers — companies such as Toyota and Honda. The Tokyo Motor Show is primarily used to announce new models, technologies and concept cars.
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Kyoto's 400 Year Old Archery Competition
Sanjusangendo Temple in Kyoto has always attracted Kyudo (Japanese archery) enthusiasts. It's the longest wooden building in Japan.
It's an interesting challenge to shoot an arrow from one end of the building to the other. The building is 120 meters long.
In 1606, a Samurai gave a demonstration of his Kyudo prowess — shooting 100 arrows in rapid succession the entire length of the temple. He hit the target 51 times. (When: second Sunday in January)
Coming of Age Day: How To Turn 20 in Japan
Coming of Age Day (Seijin No Hi) is a special event in every young person's life in Japan. It's the day they celebrate becoming an adult.
Coming of Age Day is a national holiday. Residents who have turned 20 in the previous year are invited to their local city hall for a congratulatory ceremony. It's an auspicious day that also requires a visit to the local shrine.
Women dress in furisode, a type of kimono with long sleeves. Furisode is only worn by adult single women. The furisode is the same idea as the debutante gowns once worn in the West. (When: second Monday in January)
Sapporo Snow Festival (Japan's Biggest Winter Event)
Sapporo is a great town. It has all the comforts and attractions of a major urban center but is within easy reach of the countryside.
The best time to visit Sapporo is undoubtedly during the Sapporo Snow Festival in February. The festival attracts 2 million visitors each year.
The festival also features an ice sculpture contest, ice bars, ice slides for kids and an outdoor ice skating rink. Each year has different events such as snowboarding competitions. As with any Japanese festival, there are plenty of festival foods available from street vendors. (When: February 5 - 11 Sapporo)
Yosakoi Soran Festival
Yosakoi is a unique style of dance that originated in Japan. Yosakoi started in the city of Kōchi in 1954, as a modern rendition of Awa Odori, a traditional summer dance. Yosakoi-style dancing has spread throughout much of Japan
The Yosakoi Soran Festival in early June celebrates the arrival of summer with Japan's favorite modern dance — yosakoi. It's a dance competition.
Fukagawa Hachiman: Tokyo's Massive Summer Water Fight Festival
Fukagawa Matsuri, formerly Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri or the Fukagawa Festival, is one of the three great Shinto festivals of Tokyo, along with the Kanda Matsuri and Sannō Matsuri.
The Fukagawa Matsuri is held annually in mid-August by the Tomioka Hachiman Shrine in Koto, Tokyo. Tomioka Hachimangu, also known as Tomioka Yawata shrine, is Fukagawa's greatest shinto shrine, and was established in 1627. The festival, is believed to date back to 1642, and is one of the three greatest festivals of Edo, together with Sanno Matsuri of Kojimachi Hie Shrine and Kanda Matsuri of Kanda Shrine. (When: 3rd weekend in August)
Summer Sonic Festival
The Summer Sonic Festival is an annual two- or three-day rock festival held at the same time in Osaka and Chiba. The majority of the bands playing in Osaka the first day go to Chiba the following day and vice versa.
The line-up contains many Japanese rock musicians from both major and indie record companies, and also international acts.
Asakusa Samba Carnival
The Asakusa Samba Carnival is one of Tokyo's more lively and popular summer festivals. It attracts 500,000 visitors each year.
The festival has been held at the end of August since 1981. The one exception was 2011 when the festival was canceled due to the impact of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake.
Samba is a surprisingly common hobby in Tokyo. Brazil is home to the largest Japanese community outside Japan. As a result, there are strong cultural ties between the two countries. (When: Last Saturday in August)
Tokyo Game Show
The Tokyo Game Show, commonly known as TGS, is a video game expo / convention held annually in the Makuhari Messe, in Chiba, Japan. It is presented by the Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association (CESA) and Nikkei Business Publications, Inc. The main focus of the show is on Japanese games, but some international video game developers use it to showcase upcoming releases/related hardware.
Like Germany's gamescom, the Tokyo Game Show allows the general public to attend during the final two days. When: September 18-21 (last 2 days open the the public)
Jidai Matsuri: The Kyoto Time Travelers
The Jidai Matsuri Festival of the Ages is a traditional Japanese festival (also called the matsuri) held on October 22 annually in Kyoto, Japan. It is one of Kyoto's renowned three great festivals, with the other two being the Aoi Matsuri, held annually on May 15, and the Gion Matsuri, which is held annually from 17 to July 24.
It is a festival enjoyed by people of all ages, participating in its historical reenactment parade dressed in authentic costumes representing various periods, and characters in Japanese feudal history
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