Event News

Daruma Doll Market at Kitain Temple | Jan. 3. 2018

Kawagoe historic district includes old merchant homes built in the traditional warehouse style of the Edo period. Kitain, a historical temple related to the Tokugawa Shogun family, has various attractions including the numerous stone states called Gokyaku Rakan.

Flea Market in Setagaya (Boroichi Market) | Jan. 15-16. 2018

A traditional market with a history of over 400 years, more than 700 stalls line on the streets. The marketplace is located near the Daikan-yashiki 代官屋敷, a former residential house of the local governor (Samurai house).

Furusato Matsuri Festival at Tokyo Dome City | Jan. 12-21 2018

A large event held at Tokyo Dome Stadium. Numerous food stalls from all over Japan gather and serve unique local dishes. The highlight of the festival is traditional performing arts at the stage, including lively folk dance, drumming float parade.

Maebashi New Year Market Festival | Jan. 9. 2018

A traditional market held to sell Daruma dolls and those lucky charms. Numerous  stalls line along Honmachi-dori Avenue (Route 50) and shopping streets of central Maebashi. Traditional events will also be performed at Maebashi Hachimangu Shrine.

Isesaki New Year Market (Isesaki Hatsuichi) | Jan. 11. 2018

A traditional market held to sell Daruma dolls and those lucky charms. More than 200 stalls line along Honcho-dori Avenue where “B-kyu Gurume” or B-movie types of food are sold. Traditional events will also be performed at Isesaki-jinja Shrine.

Dezome-shiki | Acrobatic New Year's performance by firefighters | Jan.6.2018

Organized by the Tokyo Fire Department, this is an event held to pray for a safe year. Although similar events are held throughout Japan, the spectacular New Year's Parade of Firemen has over 100 fire engines and helicopters participating, along with as large-scale fire-fighting and emergency drills. (textual quotation from JNTO website) 

Yama (King of the world of the dead) Festival/Market | Jan. 15-16. 2018

The hidden-away-from-view statue of Yama, treasured at Shoenji temple 勝専寺 in Kitasenju 北千住, is opened to the public twice a year on 15th, 16th of January and July. 

New Year's Celebration at the Tokyo National Museum | Jan 2 - 28 2018

Celebrating the New Year, various special events are held at the Tokyo National Museum, Ueno, Tokyo. On January 2nd and 3rd, traditional dance and music are performed. The schedule can be found on their official website.