July 2018

Marine Day

The third Monday of July is cerebrated as Marine Day in Japan. Marine Day is a national holiday which is relatively new to us. Being established in 1996, originally held on July 20. As Japan adopted Happy Monday System by the revision of the National Holidays Law, Marine Day has moved to the third Monday in July since 2003. It is the day appreciate for the ocean and prosperity of maritime Japan. The Meiji Emperor sailed on a steamship in 1876. The holiday has its origin in the fact that the Meiji Emperor had an Imperial tour to Tohoku (North part of main island of Japan) and sailed back from […]

How to pass through Chinowa ring.

Chinowa-kuguri(茅の輪くぐり) is Shinto’s annual custom of purification usually held on June 30(some are in sometime in June). It is part of Nagoshi-no-harae” (夏越しの祓え), or summer purification ceremony. Chinowa means “ring of cogon grass” and kuguri means “passing through”. Nagoshi means “over summer” and harae means “purification”. The idea is “Just half a year has passed since a New Year’s Day. Our bodies are gradually polluted by the daily evils. So we want to cleanse our bodies to greet next half a year with good health.” Traditional way to feel refresh before hot summer. The ring remains usually till July. If you visit the shrines during this season, you might find […]

Tanabata Festival on July 7th

Tanabata is the Star Festival. Tanabata is an annual festival held on July 7th (some are on Aug). It cerebrates the two star-crossed deities meet each other once a year in the heavens. Often translated to Star Festival or The Festival of the Weaver. According to the legend, on the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar, two deities separated by the Milkey Way can meet each other in the heavens. We celebrate this event with writing our wishes on narrow colorful strips of papers hung on bamboo branches to pray our wishes come true.Children love this event and you can see many bamboo displays ornamented by […]

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Sanja Matsuri, or Sanja Festival is annual Asakusa festival held in the third weekends of May. One of the biggest festivals in Tokyo. 

Sanja Matsuri, or Sanja Festival is annual Asakusa festival held in the third weekends of May. One of the biggest festivals in Tokyo.   People wearing Happi coats carry portable shrines through the streets to bring the Gods’ blessing to the whole local area. Each group has their own portable shrine and their own Happi, tightens togetherness.   The most major three portable shrines belong to Asakusa Shrine. “Sanja” means three shrines, representing three people found a statue of Buddha in the 7th century. The statue is now enshrined in Senso-ji Temple and three people found the statue are enshrined in Asakusa Shrine.  #三社祭 #浅草 #浅草神社 #浅草寺 […]