Smart Approach To Becoming An Instant Expert On Nebuta Festival

Smart approach to becoming an instant expert on Nebuta festival

AOMORI--Help is at hand for foreign visitors who wind up in out-of-the-way Aomori Prefecture in early August and wonder what all the fuss is about.

This is when the annual Aomori Nebuta Festival takes place, an event that features towering and gorgeously decorated floats called Nebuta. The weeklong festival is guaranteed to attract massive crowds.

Anime News: Seibu Railway's Romantic Short About Chichibu Now Streaming

ANIME NEWS: Seibu Railway's romantic short about Chichibu now streaming

"Chichibu de Buchichi," an original animated short offered by Seibu Railway Co., is now streaming on the company's official website.

Set in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture, and featuring voice actress and Chichibu native Tomoyo Kurosawa, the anime is aimed at promoting the charms of the city and its surrounding areas.

Japanese Manga Artist Kazuo Umezu Has Won An Award At One Of Europe's Largest Comic Festivals Held In France

Japanese manga artist Kazuo Umezu has won an award at one of Europe's largest comic festivals held in France

Japanese manga artist Kazuo Umezu has won an award at one of Europe's largest comic festivals held in France for a comic featuring a robot that develops emotions, his publisher said Tuesday.

The 81-year-old author of "Watashi wa Shingo" (My name is Shingo) was given the Heritage Award at the 45th Angouleme International Comics Festival held for four days through Sunday. The prize is awarded to the producer of a work that is worthy of being handed down to posterity.

A Shortage Of Craftsmen Could Spell The Death Knell For A Centuries-old Annual Folklore Event: Kasedori Festival

A shortage of craftsmen could spell the death knell for a centuries-old annual folklore event: Kasedori festival

KAMINOYAMA, Yamagata Prefecture--A shortage of craftsmen could spell the death knell for a centuries-old annual folklore event here that has already weathered the storm once before.

Held each Feb. 11, Kasedori, as it is called, is on the verge of dying out due to a lack of young weavers to make the "kendai" straw capes and "fuyu waraji" sandals worn in winter by participants when snow is deep on the ground.

Praying For Success

Praying for success

The Yomiuri ShimbunLocal residents make fukuzasa bamboo branches on Saturday ahead of the Toka Ebisu festival to pray for business prosperity that will be held at Horaisan Sankeiin temple in Tanabe, Wakayama Prefecture. About 5,000 fukuzasa in 10 varieties, decorated with such good luck ornaments as large coins and rice bales, will be sold for ¥1,000 to ¥30,000. The festival expects about 30,000 visitors over three days from Tuesday.

Juicy Health Benefits Seen As Path To Reversing Decline In Fruit Consumption In Japan

Juicy health benefits seen as path to reversing decline in fruit consumption in Japan

At the Komaba Festival at the University of Tokyo's Komaba campus in late November 2017, a line of people at a mandarin tasting event sponsored by the university's Mikan Fan Club extended out into the corridor. Students explained the origins of different varieties of "mikan," as the fruit is known in Japanese, and their various taste characteristics. Participants tried six different types of mandarin and then tried to guess the variety.

Among the participants was a group of four women in their 40s and 50s. "I think this is a Mie Prefecture mandarin," "This is sweet, isn't it?" the women remarked as they eagerly sampled the fruit. In the past, they said, they used to buy mandarins by the box, but now they just buy nets containing only a few mandarins each. There are various reasons for this.

Lights, Cameras, Action! Crowds Get Snap-happy At Osaka Festival

Lights, cameras, action! Crowds get snap-happy at Osaka festival

OSAKA--The atmosphere was electric in Osaka's Nakanoshima district as the Osaka Hikari-Renaissance 2017 illuminations were switched on, with spectators snapping pictures of the first-ever Wall Tapestry Lighting Show at Osaka City Central Public Hall.

The dazzling display projected on the hall, which will mark the 100th anniversary of its opening next year, is a highlight of this year's Festival of the Lights in the city.

Fresh Soba, Sake Festival Kicks Off

Fresh soba, sake festival kicks off

By Mai Niimi / Japan News Staff WriterOedo Waen, an event at which visitors can enjoy newly brewed sake and soba made from the new buckwheat crop, started Thursday at Yoyogi Park in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo.

At the four-day event subtitled "an exposition of soba and Japanese sake," about 100 brands of sake from across the nation, including much-revered Juyondai from Yamagata Prefecture, are served. Twenty soba stands at the venue offer different varieties of soba from places across the nation, such as Hokkaido and Shizuoka Prefecture. Some types of soba are freshly made from buckwheat flour at the stands and boiled shortly before serving.

Autumn Festival Starts In Takayama

Autumn festival starts in Takayama

An autumn festival featuring dazzling floats has begun in the central Japanese city of Takayama.

On Monday morning, all 11 floats were taken out of warehouses and moved to the Sakurayama Hachimangu Shinto Shrine at the center of the highland city in Gifu Prefecture.

Traditional Rocket Festival In Chichibu

Traditional rocket festival in Chichibu

People in Chichibu, a city north of Tokyo, launched hand-made rockets on Sunday to express their gratitude for the season's harvest.

The annual festival, held in a mountainous region of the city, dates back several centuries. The rockets, described as dragons, are made from hollowed pine tree logs.

Big Band Festa Kicks Off Autumn Of Music Festivals, Sendai

Big Band Festa kicks off autumn of music festivals, Sendai

 

The coming of autumn in Sendai seems to inspire not just sweater weather and a chill in the air but also a need for music festivals, outdoor and frequently free. The Nagamachi Big Band Festa was one such festival held late last month. Over the course of five hours or so, eight separate groups took a stage set up just outside of JR's Nagamachi Station, just five minutes from Sendai.

Huge Lantern At Miyoshi Festival Confirmed As World's Biggest

Huge lantern at Miyoshi festival confirmed as world's biggest

MIYOSHI, Aichi Prefecture--Lanterns do not get any bigger than those featured at the Miyoshi Big Lantern Festival--and now this is a fact.

One lantern at the Miyoshi Inari-kaku shrine's festival on Aug. 19-20 has been certified as the world's largest hanging lantern by the Guinness World Records. The lantern, 10.81 meters high and 6.5 meters in diameter, was confirmed by an official Guinness adjudicator who verified the measurement Aug. 19.

Historic Aomori Nebuta Festival Livens Up Aomori

Historic Aomori Nebuta Festival livens up AomoriThe Aomori Nebuta Festival, an annual summer event designated as an important intangible folk cultural asset, kicked off here on the night of Aug. 2, with giant Nebuta floats featuring samurai warriors and kabuki performers parading down this city's downtown area.The Aomori Nebuta Festival, an annual summer event designated as an important intangible folk cultural asset, kicked off here on the night of Aug. 2, with giant Nebuta floats featuring samurai warriors and kabuki performers parading down this city's downtown area.