Traditional Entertainers In Kyoto Thank Supporters

Traditional entertainers in Kyoto thank supporters

Traditional Japanese female entertainers have made an annual excursion through the streets of Kyoto to thank people for their support.

The entertainers known as maiko and geiko, made their way around the city's Gion district on Thursday. They visited their teachers of dance and music, as well as the owners of "ochaya" facilities, where they entertain customers.

Traditional New Year's Festival Held In Sea

Traditional New Year's festival held in sea

People in Ibaraki Prefecture, north of Tokyo, have enjoyed a unique New Year's festival in which they parade portable shrines in the sea.

About 150 people gathered in the city of Takahagi to carry the 2 shrines, or "mikoshi" in Japanese, on their shoulders. One weighs about 150 kilograms and the other 300 kilograms.

Traditional Tokyo-style Miso Stands The Taste Test Of Time

Traditional Tokyo-style miso stands the taste test of time

Once upon a time, the most popular type of miso in Tokyo was something called "Edo sweet miso."

With a proud history dating back to the Edo period, Edo sweet miso is an essential component of Edo-style dishes such as Yanagawa nabe, a hot pot dish made with pond loach. Even now, it is cherished by miso afficionados such as professional chefs, despite the dominant presence of miso from the Shinshu region in today's market.

Traditional 'rokaku' Building Set Up For Art Fest In Ueno Park

Traditional 'rokaku' building set up for art fest in Ueno Park

A traditional "rokaku" lofty, multistory building has emerged from a pond at Ueno Park in Tokyo, offering visitors a nighttime illuminated spectacle and a bit of history.

Shinji Omaki, a professor of contemporary art at the Tokyo University of the Arts, built the structure, which imitates the gate of Kaneiji temple depicted in "ukiyo-e" woodblock prints.

Green Tea Cafes Aim To Revive Interest In Japan's Traditional Beverage

Green tea cafes aim to revive interest in Japan's traditional beverage

With Japan's consumption of green tea in steady decline, a new breed of casual cafe specializing in the traditional brew aims to reverse the trend by introducing customers to a wide variety of brands, as well as unconventional serving methods.

Customers including visitors from overseas and young Japanese are able to learn about green tea and perhaps find a new favorite variety at such cafes.

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.

Samurai Horsemen Show Off Skills In Traditional Fukushima Festival

Samurai horsemen show off skills in traditional Fukushima festival

MINAMISOMA, Fukushima -- Horsemen clad in samurai armor showed off their skills in the traditional Soma Nomaoi festival held in the Soma district of Fukushima Prefecture on July 30.

Events were staged in various areas including the Hibarigahara festival field in the city of Minamisoma. In the Odaka district, where evacuation orders implemented in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster were lifted in July 2016, samurai horsemen returning from the Kacchu Keiba race and Shinki Sodatsusen flag battle performed the kaeri-uma (returning horse) ritual for the first time in seven years.