May 2018 - Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture

Image Mikurumayama Matsuri (Parade of Float) Takaoka, Toyama ›› More
1st May, 2018 | Takaoka City, Toyama Pref.   ›› official website

Image Fujihara Matsuri (Spring Festival) at Hiraizumi, Iwate ›› More
1st - 5th May, 2018 | at Hiraizumi Town, Iwate Pref.   ›› official website

Image Kakeuma Shinji (performing horse riding), Fusimi, Kyoto ›› More
1st - 5th May, 2018 | at Fujinomori Shrine, Fusimi Ward in Kyoto Pref.   ›› official website

Image Manbu Oneri at Dainenbutsuji Temple in Hirano, Osaka ›› More
1st - 5th May, 2018 | at Dainenbutsuji Temple in Hirano Ward, Osaka   ›› official website

Image Spring Market of Hagi pottery ware, Hagi, Yamaguchi ›› More
1st - 5th May, 2018 | Hagi City, Yamaguchi Pref.   ›› official website

Image Nozaki Mairi at Nozaki Kannon Temple in Daito City, Osaka ›› More
1st - 8th May, 2018 | at Nozaki Kannon Temple in Daito City, Osaka   ›› official website

Image ‘Timber’ rafting on Kitayama River, Kitayama village, Wakayama Pref. ›› More
1st May - 30th September, 2018 | Kitayama River, Kitayama village, Wakayama  ›› official website

Image Nagoya Antique Fair at Fukiage Hall, Nagoya City, Aichi ›› More
2nd - 4th May, 2018 | at Fukiage Hall, Nagoya City, Aichi Pref.   ›› official website

Image Senteisai (Princess Antoku), Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi ›› More
2nd - 4th May, 2018 | Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Pref.   ›› official website

Image Ecchu Yatsuo Hikiyama (fighting float festival), Toyama ›› More
3rd May, 2018 | Toyama City, Toyama Pref.   ›› official website

Image Karashima Matsuri, at Fisherman's Wharf of Himi, Toyama ›› More
3rd May, 2018 | at Fisherman's Wharf of Himi City, Toyama   ›› official website

Image Kameoka Mitsuhide Matsuri (spring event), Kameoka, Kyoto ›› More
3rd May, 2018 | Kameoka City, Kyoto   ›› official website

Image Spring Festival (Float Parade) in Handa City, Aichi  ›› More
3rd & 4th May, 2018 | in Handa City, Aichi    ›› official website

Image Migochi Hikiyama Matsuri (float parade), Yosano, Kyoto ›› More
3rd & 4th May, 2018 | Yosano Town, Kyoto   ›› official website

Image Spring Festival at Numashima Island, Minamiawaji, Hyogo ›› More
3rd & 4th May, 2018 | at Numashima Island, Minamiawaji City, Hyogo   ›› official website

Image Tea Ceremony, Hagi City, Yamaguchi Pref. ›› More
3rd & 4th May, 2018 | Hagi City, Yamaguchi Pref.   ›› official website

Image Hakata Dontaku Festival, Fukuoka ›› More
3rd & 4th May, 2018 | in Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Pref.   ›› official website

Image Baby Crying Festival at Mikumano Shrine, Hanamaki, Iwate ›› More
3rd - 5th May, 2018 | at Mikumano Shrine, Hanamaki City, Iwate Pref.   ›› official web

Image Flea Market at Makuhari Messe, Chiba
3rd - 5th May, 2018 | at Makuhari Messe, Chiba   ›› official web

Image Saku Balloon Festival, Chikuma Riverside, Saku, Nagano ›› More
3rd - 5th May, 2018 | at Chikuma Riverside, Saku City, Nagano Pref.   ›› official web

Image Heiwajima Antique Show at Tokyo Ryutsu Center ›› More
3rd - 5th May, 2018 | at Tokyo Ryutsu Center, Heiwajima, Tokyo   ›› official website

Image Odakoage (Kite Fighting Festival), Hamamatsu, Shizuoka ›› More
3rd - 5th May, 2018 | Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Pref.   ›› official website

Image Iwashimizu Touryouka (Light-up event), Yawata, Kyoto ›› More
3rd - 5th May, 2018 | at Yawata-no-Hachimansan Shrine, Yawata City, Kyoto   ›› official website

Image Chotto Onsai Matsuri (street performance), Ena, Gifu ›› More
3rd - 5th May, 2018 | Taisho Era Village, Ena City, Gifu Pref.   ›› official website

Image Hiroshima Flower Festival at Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima ›› More
3rd - 5th May, 2018 | at Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima Pref.   ›› official website

Image Flying Carp Banners in Niyodo River, Ino Town, Kochi ›› More
3rd - 5th May, 2018 | in Niyodo River, Ino Town, Kochi Pref.   ›› official website

Image Naha Hari (Marine Festival), Naha City, Okinawa Pref. ›› More
3rd - 5th May, 2018 | Naha City, Okinawa Pref.   ›› official website

Image Pet Show 2018 at Makuhari Messe, Chiba ›› More
3rd - 5th May, 2018 | at Makuhari Messe, Chiba   ›› official web

Image Headstream Festival of Tama River, Kosuga, Yamanashi ›› More
4th May, 2018 | at Kosuga Village, Yamanashi Pref.   ›› official website

Image Yansanma (Yabusame of shooting of arrows), Imizu, Toyama ›› More
4th May, 2018 | at Kamo Shrine, Imizu City, Toyama Pref.   ›› official website

Image Fireworks at Shinoda Shrine, Oumihachiman, Shiga ›› More
4th May, 2018 | at Shinoda Shrine, Oumihachiman City, Shiga Pref.   ›› official website

Image Iba-no-Sakakudashi Matsuri (rolling float), Higashiomi, Shiga ›› More
4th May, 2018 | Higashiomi City, Shiga Pref.   ›› official website

Image Johana Hikiyama Matsuri (float parade), Nanto, Toyama ›› More
4th & 5th May, 2018 | Nanto City, Toyama Pref.   ›› official website

Image Tado Matsuri (yabusame & horse riding up stairs), Kuwana, Mie ›› More
4th & 5th May, 2018 | at Tado-Jinja Shrine, Kuwana City, Mie   ›› official website

Image Makura Matsuri as colorful carp banners, Izumisano, Osaka ›› More
4th & 5th May, 2018 | at Hine-Jinja Shrine, Izumisano City, Osaka   ›› official website

Image Yabusame (15th century style mounted archery), Fujinomiya ›› More
4th - 6th May, 2018 | at Sengen Shrine in Fujinomiya City, Shizuoka Pref.   ›› official website

Image Bonden Matsuri at Shirahige Shrine, Sumidaku, Tokyo ›› More
5th May, 2018 | at Shirahige Shrine, Sumidaku, Tokyo   ›› official website

Image Jagamaita (snake festival), Mamada-hachiman, Tochigi ›› More
5th May, 2018 | at Mamada Hachiman-gu Shrine, Oyama City, Tochigi Pref.  ›› official website

Image Manmos Flea Market at Port Messe Nagoya, Aichi Pref.
5th & 6th May, 2018 | at Nagoya Dome, Aichi   ›› official web

Image Hobby Show 2018 at Twin Messe, Shizuoka ›› More
10th - 13th May, 2018 | at Twin Messe, Shizuoka   ›› official web

Image Unoha Shinji (holy ceremony), Sumiyoshi Shrine, Osaka ›› More
11th May, 2018 | at Sumiyoshi Shrine, Osaka   ›› official website

Image Himeji Oshiro Matsuri at around Himeji Castle, Himeji City, Hyogo ›› More
11th - 13th May, 2018 | around Himeji Castle, Himeji City, Hyogo  ›› official website

Image Ukai (Cormorant Fishing) on Nagara River, Gifu ›› More
11th May - 15th October, 2018 | on the Nagara River, Gifu Pref.   ›› official website

Image Shigesa Odori (fishermans warf parade), Oki Island, Shimane ››More
12th May, 2018 | Oki Island, Shimane Pref.   ›› official website

Image Design Festa, Art Event at Tokyo Big Sight ›› More
12th & 13th May, 2018 | at Tokyo Big Sight, Ariake, Tokyo   ›› official web

Image Atami Kaijo Hanabi Taikai (Fireworks Display)  ›› More
12th & 27th May, 2018 | Atami, Shizuoka    ›› official website

Image Miyazu Matsuri (Float Parade with Drum), Miyazu City, Kyoto ›› More
13th - 15th May, 2018 | Miyazu City, Kyoto   ›› official website

Image May Grand Sumo Tournament, Tokyo  ›› More
13th - 27th May, 2018 | at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo     ›› official website

Image Taimadera Nerikuyo-Eshiki (stage event), Katsuragi, Nara ›› More
14th May, 2018 | Taimadera Temple, Katsuragi, Nara   ›› official website

Image Raigou-e-siki at Tokushouji Temple, Arida City, Wakayama ›› More
14th May, 2018 | Arida City, Wakayama   ›› official website

Image Beauty World Japan at Tokyo Big Sight, Ariake, Tokyo ›› More
14th - 16th May, 2018 | at Tokyo Big Sight, Ariake, Tokyo   ›› official website

Image Fushiki Hikiyama Matsuri (Battle of Float) Takaoka, Toyama ›› More
15th May, 2018 | at Fushiki Shrine, Takaoka City, Toyama Pref.   ›› official website

Image Aoi Matsuri in Kyoto, the world's oldest festival ›› More
15th May, 2018 | at the Kamigamojinja and Shimogamojinja shrines, Kyoto   ›› official website

Image Jewellery Show 2018 at Kobe Exhibition Hall, Hyogo ›› More
16th - 18th May, 2018 | at Kobe International Exhibition Hall, Hyogo   ›› official website

Image Spring Festival at Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Tochigi ›› More
17th - 18th May, 2018 | at Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Tochigi Pref.   ›› official web

Image Iwase Hikiyama Matsuri (Fighting Float Festival), Toyama ›› More
17th - 18th May, 2018 | Toyama City, Toyama Pref.   ›› official website

Image Takigi Noh (Open-air Noh performances), Kofukuji, Nara ›› More
18th & 19th May, 2018 | at Kofuku-ji and Kasuga Taisha Shrine in Nara   ›› official website

Image Sanja Matsuri at Asakusa Shrine, Tokyo ›› More
18th - 20th May, 2018 | at Asakusa Shrine, Tokyo   ›› official web

Image The Black Ship Festival at Shimoda Port and others, Shimoda City, Shizuoka ›› More
18th - 20th May, 2018 | Shimoda Port and others, Shimoda City, Shizuoka   ›› official website

Image Roses & Gardening Show at Seibu Dome, Saitama ›› More
18th - 23rd May, 2018 | at Seibu Dome, Saitama   ›› official web

Image Takinou (traditional plays on outdoor stage), Narita, Chiba ›› More
19th May, 2018 | at Narita-san Shinshouji Temple, Chiba   ›› official web

Image Uchiwamaki (Fan Throwing Festival), Toshodaiji in Nara ›› More
19th May, 2018 | at the Toshodaiji Temple in Nara   ›› official website

Image Sendai Aoba Matsuri (dancing parade), Sendai, Miyagi ›› More
19th & 20th May, 2018 | at Sendai City, Miyagi Pref.   ›› official web

Image River Crossing Festival, Tagawa City, Fukuoka Pref. ›› More
19th & 20th May, 2018 | Tagawa City, Fukuoka Pref.   ›› official website

Image Sakata Matsuri (Big Shishi Float), Sakata, Yamagata ›› More
19th - 21st May, 2018 | Sakata City, Yamagata Pref.   ›› official website

Image Mikuni Matsuri (doll float), Mikuni Town, Sakai, Fukui ›› More
19th - 21st May, 2018 | Mikuni Town, Sakai City, Fukui Pref.   ›› official website

Image Air Base Festival at JASDF Shizuhama Air Base, Shizuoka ›› More
20th May, 2018 | at JASDF Shizuhama Air Base, Yaizu, Shizuoka Pref.   ›› official website

Image Mifune Matsuri (parade of ancient boats), Arashiyama, Kyoto ›› More
20th May, 2018 | Ooi River, Arashiyama, Kyoto   ›› official website

Image Kobe Festival, Kobe, Hyogo ›› More
20th May, 2018 | Kobe, Hyogo   ›› official website

Image Yushima Tenjin Sai at Yushima Tenjin Shrine and others, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo ›› More
26th & 27th May, 2018 | Yushima Tenjin Shrine and others, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo  ›› official website

Image Tokyo Minato Festival at Harumi wharf, Tokyo ›› More
26th & 27th May, 2018 | at Harumi wharf, Tokyo   ›› official web

Image Aion Pe-Ron Matsuri (fireworks & festival), Aioi, Hyogo ›› More
26th & 27th May, 2018 | Aioi City, Hyogo   ›› official website

Image Iris Festival at Suigo Itako Park, Ibaraki Pref. ›› More
26th May - 24th June, 2018 | at Suigo Itako Park, Ibaraki Pref.   ›› official website

Image Yabusame Spring at Furudono Town, Fukushima ›› More
27th May, 2018 | at Furudono Town, Fukushima Pref.   ›› official web

Events continued from previous month

Image The Kingdom of Light illumination, Nagasaki ›› More
3rd November 2017 - 6th May, 2018 | Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki    ›› official web

Image Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival), Aomori ›› More
21st April - 6th May, 2018 | Hirosaki, Aomori    ›› official website

Image Yonezawa Uesugi Matsuri Festival, Yamagata ›› More
29th April - 3rd May, 2018 | Yonezawa, Yamagata Prefecture    ›› official website

Image Spring Festival at the Meiji Shrine in Yoyogi Park in Tokyo ›› More
29th April - 3rd May, 2018 | at the Meiji Shrine in Yoyogi Park in Tokyo   ›› official web

Image Kasama-no-Toensai (Himatsuri), Geijutsu-no-mori Park, Kasama, Ibaraki ›› More
29th April - 5th May, 2018 | Geijutsu-no-mori Park, Kasama, Ibaraki   ›› official web

Image Mibu Kyogen at Mibu-dera Temple, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto ›› More
29th April - 5th May, 2018 | Mibu-dera Temple, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto   ›› official web

Image Arita Ceramic Fair, Arita, Saga ›› More
29th April - 5th May, 2018 | Arita, Saga    ›› official web

Image Takaoka Mikuruyama (Float Parade), Takaoka, Toyama ›› More
30th April - 1st May, 2018 | at Takaoka City, Toyama Pref.   ›› official web

Art Exhibition

Image Travelers: Stepping into the Unknown, at The National Museum of Art, Osaka ›› More
21st January - 6th May, 2018 | The National Museum of Art, Osaka ›› official website

Image Kengo Kuma: a LAB for materials, at Tokyo Station Gallery ›› More
3rd March - 6th May, 2018 | Tokyo Station Gallery ›› official website

Image YAYOI KUSAMA - ALL ABOUT MY LOVE, at MATSUMOTO CITY MUSEUM OF ART, Nagano ›› More
3rd March - 22nd July, 2018 | MATSUMOTO CITY MUSEUM OF ART, Nagano ›› official website

Image Edo Kaiga Festival - Paintings from Edo - at Fuchu City Museum of Art ›› More
10th March - 6th May, 2018 | Fuchu City Museum of Art ›› official website

Image Beauty & Technology of SAGA, at Saga Prefectural Art Museum ›› More
17th March - 15th May, 2018 | Saga Prefectural Art Museum ›› official website

Image The 150th Anniversary of the Meiji Period: Making and Designing Meiji Arts and Crafts, at The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto ›› More
20th March - 20th May, 2018 | The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto ›› official website

Image OEDO EXHIBITION NAGASAKI, at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum ›› More
24th March - 27th May, 2018 | Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum ›› official website

Image Abundant Flowers in Bloom: Painting in 18th and 19th Century Japan, at Chiba City Museum of Art ›› More
6th April - 20th May, 2018 | Chiba City Museum of Art ›› official website

Image Neko - CATs - Everyday, at SHIZUOKA CITY MUSEUM OF ART ›› More
7th April - 20th May, 2018 | SHIZUOKA CITY MUSEUM OF ART ›› official website