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  1. Tanabata

    Culture Tanabata

    Tanabata - the Star Festival Tanabata (七夕) is one of Japan’s five traditional festivals (五節句 gosekku) and is usually celebrated on July 7, or in other areas, on the seventh day of the seventh month based on the lunar calendar, which could in some years fall on the beginning of August. It is...
  2. Hina Matsuri

    Culture Hina Matsuri

    Hinamatsuri (雛祭り) is a festival for girls held on March 3. Tiered platforms for hina ningyō (雛人形, hina dolls) are set up at home, and families celebrate with a meal, eating hishimochi (菱餅), sweet diamond-shaped rice cakes in pink, white, and green layers, hina-arare (雛あられ), small crisps...
  3. Setsubun

    Culture Setsubun

    A traditional ceremony to dispel demons usually observed on the third of February. The practice of scattering beans (豆撒き mamemaki) to drive away demons is one of some magical rites performed to ward off evil. The term setsubun (節分) originally referred to the eve of the first day of any of the...
  4. Japanese Public Holidays and Festivals

    Holidays Japanese Public Holidays and Festivals

    Japan has thirteen public holidays (marked with ▲) and a lot of nation-wide as well as local festivals. Find a list of the public holidays and the most common nation-wide festivals below. In 1998 and 2001 Japan amended its laws to move some public holidays in Japan to Mondays, creating a...