|Tokyo city scene, 2010|
|Ueno Park, Tokyo|
Today I want to share some upcoming events if you happen to be spending your holidays in Japan that heard about from the Japan National Tourism Organization. I am not being paid to promote the JNTO, but I remember meeting some of their folks back at the New York Times Travel Show this year, and thought they were so lovely (and let's face it, I adore Japan) that I want to share the great information they send out!
Chichibu Yomatsuri is a beautiful float festival at the Chichibu Shrine, outside of Tokyo, on December 2nd and 3rd.
Oga Namahage is a New Year's Eve tradition in Oga City, where people dressed as the deity Namahage go from house to house, and wherever they receive hospitality, the home is blessed for the year.
Here are even more New Year's traditions from Japan.
And through February 1st, JNTO is running a photography competition to promote travel in Japan after the tsunami of early 2011. If I lived there, I would definitely be competing!