Tag Archives: Festival

Awa Odori: The Dance of the Fools 4

Awa Odori is a traditional dance festival originating in Tokushima City in 1586, when Lord Hachisuka Iemasa of Awa, the former name of Tokushima prefecture, hosted a celebration of the opening of Tokushima Castle. “The locals, having consumed a great amount of sake, began to drunkenly weave and stumble back and forth. Others picked up […]






Marine Day: Hamaorisai in Chigasaki 3

Hamaorisai is held annually during the Marine Day (Umi-no-hi) in Chigasaki City, Kanagawa. Hamaorisai, which literally means “descend to the beach festival”, is a summer festival in which people take the mikoshi, or the portable Shinto shrine, into the sea. The photos were taken from 4:00 to 7:00 in the morning on the 19th of […]






Tanabata: The Wish Festival 7

Tanabata is a popular celebration in Japan which is, in modern times, held on the the first weekend of July. Also known as wish festival, Tanabata is derived from the Chinese star festival, Qi Xi (七夕 “The Night of Sevens”). It celebrates the meeting of Orihime (Vega) and Hikoboshi (Altair). According to legend, the Milky […]






Novena Mass in Basilica del Sto. Niño Church Comments Off on Novena Mass in Basilica del Sto. Niño Church

Basilica del Santo Niño is a 16th century church in Cebu City in the Philippines. It is known to be the oldest church in the Philippines. It was built on the exact spot where the image of the Santo Niño, a sculpture depicting the Holy Child Jesus was founded by Spanish explorers in 1565 preserved […]






Halloween in Japan: Kawaii or Kowai? 4

The annual Kawasaki Halloween Parade this year was held on October 31st. It is said to be one of the biggest Halloween parades in Japan. It was my second time to see the parade and I’m still quite impressed with the participants. Their costumes were amazing. They can described as either ‘kawaii’ or ‘kowai’. In […]