Events in Japan

December - 12 : Jyuni-gatsu

Events in Japan

From the end of November to 11th of December, a series of shrine rituals is held at Hikawa-jinja Shrine in Omiya, one of the largest shrine in Saitama prefecture. On 10th of December, a traditional market called Tokaichi (means "the market on 10th" in Japanese) is annually held at the shrine where about 1000 stalls will stand.

A traditional market held every 15th of December in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture. Hundreds of stalls will line the street between Kawaguchi station and the shrine.

In Japan, there is a traditional custom which is to take a Yuzuyu bath ゆず湯 (hot citron bath) on the winter solstice, and most of Sento 銭湯 (Public Bathing Facilities) offer special Yuzuyu bathing at the regular fee on the day.

An exhibition held to promote towns and villages throughout Japan.The participating towns/villages will present and sell their special local food and products at their booth. On the stage, folk entertainments will be performed. Admission is free.

A small exhibition to promote traditional arts and crafts created in Adachi-ku of Tokyo 23 Wards. The exhibits include Hocho cooking knives, Bonsai scissors, Sterling silver flatware, Dolls in kimono, and ebony crafts.

3600 candles illuminate a historic brick building in Mikawashima, Arakawa-ku Tokyo. Admission is free.

The winter fireworks will be performed at Odaiba.

A year-end market held at Nihonbashi, a historic wholesale district in Tokyo. Though this market is mainly to sell New Year's decorations, wholesalers also join the market and hold special sales of foods, clothes and more.

A traditional market with a history over 400 years, more than 700 stalls line in the streets. There is the Daikan-yashiki 代官屋敷, a former residence of the local governor (Samurai house) near the market place.

A traditional market held at Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa, annually takes place from 17th to 19th of December. This is a special market to sell fancy battledores  “Hagoita” as a lucky charm so it has been said displaying a battledore at home will help avoid bad luck. This traditional custom is basically for families with a new daughter.

People in traditional Japanese costumes wear fox masks and parade along the streets leading to Inari Shrine in Oji. Oji is an old town in Tokyo, has a myth that foxes come up to Oji from all over the Japan on 31 of December in midnight and pray together at Inari Shrine. The parade starts at 0:00 AM in the midnight (Jan.1), from the street near the North Exit of JR Oji Station.