Festivals, Otawara & Nasu (local area), Temples & Shrines, Tourist attractions

Fire festival In Otawara

This local Buddhist Fire festival is held at a nearby shrine in October. Complete with fire walkers.  Actually a large number of the people watching also walked the fire.. maybe next year 🙂 On my (translated) maps it is called either Henshoin or Naritasan and I have no idea which is correct, maybe both. The Kanji are different, so maybe…

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Festivals, Japan, Otawara & Nasu (local area), Tourist attractions

Kyubi Festival Nasu Town

The Kyubi Festival is held in Nasu Town in September each year. Kyubi is the nine tailed fox mascot that represents Nasu. The legend of the nine tailed fox who disguised himself as a beautiful woman to commit evil deeds against the Emperor is a key part of local folk lore of the region and Kyubi   could be seen socializing around the festival as…

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Festivals, Japan, Otawara & Nasu (local area), Tochigi Prefecture

Yatai Festival 2015

April 18th and 19th 2015 saw the annual Yatai Festival or Matsuri, a local weekend of music, food and fun in downtown Otawara, Tochigi prefecture.  The Yatai festival is an annual spring festival in the calendar. Yatai are traditionally smallish, mobile food stalls in Japan typically selling ramen or other food. The name literally means “shop stand.”  The Yatai at the festival however, are…

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Festivals, Tochigi Prefecture

Mashiko Pottery Fair November 2014

Mashiko Pottery Fair is held twice a year in the small pottery town of Mashiko is a small town in south east Tochigi that is famous for its pottery industry. There are hundreds of potters living and working here and almost 400 different styles in this one small town in Tochigi. I’ve written about it before, but each time you…

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Festivals, Otawara & Nasu (local area), Tochigi Prefecture

Children’s Day

Children’s Day (Kodomo no hi) is one of the Japanese National Holidays that occurs in Golden week. It takes place on the 5th day of the 5th Month… Or May 5th… The day was originally boy’s day but has become over time children’s days.  In 1948, the government decreed this day to be a national holiday to celebrate the happiness of…

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Festivals, Otawara & Nasu (local area), Tochigi Prefecture

Yatai Matsuri April 2014

April in Otawara means the Yatai festival or Yatai Matsuri.. Yatai Matsuri in Otawara is a loud, fun, musical(ish) 2 day event based around the Kanodoro in downtown Otawara… It is a local festival involving wooden floats called Yatai, which are traditionally small, mobile food stalls in Japan typically selling ramen or other food. The name literally means “shop stand.” The floats…

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