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Setsubun at Nakayamadera Temple

Setsubun (節分) is a holiday that marks the start of Spring, and includes some fun traditions that both children and adults enjoy. The most common way to celebrate setsubun is at home, with a family or group of people throwing roasted soy beans at someone designated as a demon (and wearing a demon mask). The…

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Nada no Kenka Matsuri: A Fierce Fighting Festival

Every year, seven teams of local men from Shirahama Town, Himeji City carrying mikoshi (portable shrines) clash, aiming to knock each other’s shrine down in a competition of local neightborhoods. Decorated with brilliant gold and silver crests and symbolic designs, the mikoshi portable shrines are carried from Matsubara Hachiman Shrine to an area of town…

Himeji Moon Festival

Perhaps the largest moon festival event in western Japan, the Himeji Castle Sannomaru Square Moon Viewing Festival draws thousands of spectators –for good reason. The Himeji Moon Festival is located near Himeji Castle, a registered UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the most beautiful castles in Japan. While Himeji Castle itself is covered by…

Takasago Lantern Festival

Boasting 10,000 candles placed all over the town, Takasago Lantern Festival (高砂万灯祭, Takasago Mantousai) also features jazz and traditional Japanese music performances along with specially illuminated historical buildings, temples and shrines. At the price of just a train ticket to Takasago, the lantern festival, with a plethora of sights and performances, is hard to beat.…

Harima & Tajima Bus Tour

Event Announcement – Harima & Tajima Bus Tour Notice – this event is now closed for applications. Organized by HIA Friendship Society -Short walk at Tonomine Highlands with beautiful view of Japanese pampas grass. The movie “Norwegian Wood” (based on Murakami Haruki book) was filmed on location here. -Have fun with the kids panning for…

The Spirit of “Wa”: Tea Ceremony Workshop

Event Announcement – The Spirit of “Wa”: Tea Ceremony Workshop Presented by: Hyogo Prefectural Mutual Aid Association Tea Ceremony Club With additional support from: Hyogo International Association Experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony with tea ceremony master Mr. SASAKI Soryo of the Urasenke school. This is a priceless opportunity to learn this traditional Japanese art…

PechaKucha night Nishinomiya

It was an enjoyable and powerful atmosphere in CUBE at Konan University in Nishinomiya. Pechakucha rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It was invented in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public.…

Event Announcement: Let’s Go to Ieshima Island!

Two-Day Trip to Ieshima Island in Hyogo for international students! This two-day trip is a great chance for international students to see rural Japan and experience traditional Japanese culture. International and Japanese students will visit the island of Ieshima together and learn skills like fishing and handicrafts while interacting with the island’s residents. Participants will…