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FESTIVALS IN JAPAN - Jan 17

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Sasanokannon Hatsujushichido-sai’ Ascetic monks walk through fire. The general public is also permitted to participate in the fire walk. Traditional local sculpture is also on sale within the temple grounds.

FESTIVALS IN JAPAN - Jan 15

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Dousojin Matsuri A structure built expressly for the purpose is burnt to the ground in this truly dramatic festival of fire. An exemplary Japanese festival, it honors a Shinto deity known as Dosojin, who is said to protect against calamity.

FESTIVALS IN JAPAN - Jan 9

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Maebashi Hatu-ichi Matsuri (Daruma-ichi) This New Year's fair is famous throughout Japan. Shops selling foods and good luck items, such as Daruma heads, line the street. A procession with Mikoshi, Shishi, drums, and more can also be seen.

FESTIVALS IN JAPAN - Jan 4 -7

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Nigimitamasha Reisai (Chinowakuguri) This festival has its origins in legend. To pray for good health and safety in the coming year, people pass through a 3 meter-high ring of straw before the shrine deity.

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FESTIVALS IN JAPAN - Jan 2 -3

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Kaitsu Shishikoma-mai To expel negative energy and welcome in happiness, male and female Shishi and dancers wearing Tengu masks dance their way from house to house to the sound of drums and flutes.

FESTIVALS IN JAPAN - Jan 1 (NEW YEAR)

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Tokiwahachimangu Toshiwa Hounougyoji At this festival for good health and a bountiful harvest, men wearing nothing more than loincloths carry a 400-kg rope on their shoulders as an offering to the shrine.