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Nagasaki Lantern Festival 2018

From February 16 to March 4, you have the chance to attend the “Nagasaki Lantern Festival”. During this festival, a large number of lanterns is set up around the old and new China Town as well as at favorite tourists

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Coming of Age Day (成人の日, Seijin no Hi)

In Europe and America, the 18th or 21st birthday marks the beginning of adulthood and is therefore celebrated in a different manner than a “normal” birthday. In Japan, there is a collective day for all teenagers reaching the age of

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Nagasaki Lantern Festival 2017

From January 28 to February 11, you have the chance to attend the “Nagasaki Lantern Festival”. During this festival, a large number of lanterns is set up around the old and new China Town as well as at favorite tourists

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Setsubun Festival 2017

Today our students and teachers went to Kushida Shrine in Fukuoka to celebrate Setsubun, a festival held every year on February 3rd to expel evil spirits. At the shrine, they could see many people dressed as Oni, Japanese demons. By

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Tamaseseri 2017

We present you a special New Year’s event at Hakozaki Shrine in Fukuoka city – Tamaseseri. Tamaseseri, which has been celebrated for over 500 years, takes always place on January 3 at Hakozaki Shrine and is beside the Hojoya Festival

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Oniyo Fire Festival 2017

On January 7, the “Oniyo Fire Festival” took place in front of Tamateregu Shrine in Daizenji, Kurume city. The Oniyo Fire Festival is said to be one of Japan’s Tree Major Fire Festivals. This annual event is a so-called “tsuina”, which

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Golden Week

In the following, we are going to talk about the longest public holiday period in Japan – the Golden Week (ゴールデンウィーク). Usually starting on May 3 with the Constitution Memorial Day, the Golden Week is often abbreviated to GW and

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Children’s Day

It’s still cold in most parts of Japan but in a few months, you will see carps floating from poles all around the country. Flying carps you ask? This means it must be Children’s Day (こどもの日), a national holiday on

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Saga International Balloon Fiesta 2016

In the first November week, Saga turned into a place for hot air balloon lovers. The Saga International Balloon Fiesta 2016 was held from October 28 to November 6 and with around 200 competitors. The competition site is near the

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Karatsu Kunchi 2016

This year from November 2 to 4, the biggest traditional festival in Saga Prefecture, Karatsu Kunchi, was celebrated again. Starting with the first parade on the evening of November 2, Karatsu Kunchi is famous for its 14 floats, called hikiyama in

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