February 01, 2020

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Want to know what’s happening in Japan right now? Now you can! On the first of the month, we’ll share a monthly calendar of Japan’s upcoming holidays and notable festivals.

Check our instagram story on these dates to learn more about each holiday!

Feb 3: Setsubun

Falling on the eve of spring according to the lunar calendar, Setsubun is traditionally held to ward off evil spirits

Feb 3-11: Sapporo Snow Festival

One of Japan’s largest snow festivals, the Sapporo Snow Festival is known for its incredible snow and ice sculptures.

Feb 6-11: Asahikawa Winter Festival

A quieter alternative to the famous Sapporo snow festival, the Asahikawa Winter Festival boasts equally astonishing sculptures.

Feb 8-16: Otaru Snow Festival

The city of Otaru illuminates its picturesque canal.

Feb 11: Foundation Day (national holiday)

Celebrates the mythical foundation day of Japan and the rise of its first emperor.

Feb 23: Emperor’s Birthday (national holiday)

A public holiday to celebrate the birth of the current emperor, Naruhito.

 

 

 

Julia LiMarzi
Julia LiMarzi

Julia has two passions in life: traveling and food. She fell in love with Japan during her first trip to Tokyo and studied Japanese in college. She loves all things Studio Ghibli, Harry Potter, or Lord of the Rings, and spends her free time baking or reading.