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Celebrating Setsubun at Zojoji

Celebrating Setsubun at Zojoji


Posted By on Jan 11, 2016

Setsubun, held annually on February 3, is a traditional day to welcome in luck for the coming year. Compared to New Year’s solemn celebrations, Setsubun is a fun-filled day for the younger crowds. Costumed “ogres” are the target of  bean throwing by children and adults. Celebrities often entertain crowds during large Setsubun events by acting as emcees or as ogres. One large event held annually is at Zojoji in Tokyo....

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Staying for a long vacation? There are a few things to be aware of before staying in Japan for an extended period of time. It can sometimes be frustrating to encounter differences without being warned. This guide is to avoid any inconveniences brought about my a prolonged visit. 1. Don’t count on a drier. Clothing driers are difficult to find in Japan, especially in homes. While few are available at laundromats, they are not...

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  Hastumode, or the first visit to a shrine in the new year, is often performed in Japan within the first two weeks of the new year. While many people wait overnight on New Year’s Eve to hear the ringing of bells to signal the new year, the crowds and cold can deter some people from participating. Those who do not care to wait or are not in the capacity to do so make the journey within the first few days of the new year....

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There is no place like Japan to enjoy the holidays. With magnificent illuminations and endless choices of holiday snacks, goods, and events, Japan does the holiday season like no where else in the world. It is impossible to walk through Tokyo during the holidays with flashes of color, light, and energy. From tiny shops to major department stores, every public venue offers holiday-themed goods. A Christmas tree and wreath can be found...

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Traveling to a foreign country can feel overwhelming sometimes. From transportation to dining out, the things that are easy to do in everyday life at home and suddenly intimidating and confusing. Understanding this dilemma, we’ve come up with a few helpful ideas for facilitating your trip to Japan. 1. Traveling between hotels with heavy bags? Use a delivery service such as Kuroneko (otherwise known as Yamato) to transport your...

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