Japan's Annual events

Introducing major annual events in Japan

first visit of the year to a shrine

First visit of the year to a shrine


celebrate new year, swear, give thanks


Eat delicious lucky charms.


Eat zoni (soup with mochi as the main ingredient) and osechi ryori (good luck charms for the New Year with various ingredients).

Setsubun (throwing beans to ward off evil)

Setsubun (throwing beans to ward off evil)

February 3rd

An event to ward off evil and bring good fortune.

Doll Festival

Doll Festival

March 3rd

Hinamatsuri began as an event in which, as a scapegoat for a daughter, she transferred the misfortunes and impurities that would attack her to a hina doll.

sakura flower


March to April

The cherry blossoms are so beautiful that we hold welcome parties and banquets under the trees.
Night cherry blossoms are also recommended.

Graduation ceremony

Graduation ceremony


There is a graduation ceremony in March.
It’s time to say goodbye and start a new journey.

Admission & entrance ceremony

Admission & entrance ceremony


Japanese school starts in April.
When I look at the “randoseru” (elementary school bag), I feel nostalgia and the new year.

entrance ceremony2

Entrance ceremony

April or September

Getting a job for the first time as a member of society is exciting.
The initiation ceremony is usually held in April or September, depending on the size of the company.

carp streamer

Children's day/Boys' Festival/Carp streamer

May 5th

The aim is to “respect the personality of the child, strive for the happiness of the child, and thank the mother.”
Also, Children’s Day and Boys’ Festival, which celebrates the growth of boys, are on the same day, but they are different things.




Summer festivals are held mainly in August.
Festivals are held separately in each region.

Moon viewing

Moon viewing

August 15

An event to appreciate the moon on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar


New Year's Eve

December 31

Many people welcome the New Year by watching TV at home.
Some people go to shrines at night and do hatsumode around the time the date changes.
In Japan, we eat “something” before the date changes.

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