Event Calendar 2017 in Japan and Australia

JANUARY 1 JAPAN
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HATSUMODE

Hatsumode is the the first Shinto shrine visit of the Japanese New Year.

FEBRUARY 6-12 JAPAN
sapporo snow fes

SAPPORO SNOW FESTIVAL

An international festival now in its 68th year, it features enormous and breathtaking snow statues on display in Odori Park in Sapporo, Hokkaido.
www.snowfes.com/english/index.html

FEBRUARY 26 JAPAN
tokyo-marathon

THE TOKYO MARATHON

The 2017 marathon begins at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building and finishes at Tokyo Station, Gyoko-dori. Some 36,000 runners took part in 2016.
www.marathon.tokyo

MARCH 3 JAPAN
hinamatsuri

HINAMATSURI

Also known as Girls’ Day, it is an annual celebration of the wellbeing of daughters in the household. It is a custom to decorate homes with ornate dolls on a special platform.

APRIL 21- 23 (GOLD COAST), APRIL 28- 30 (MELBOURNE)
JUNE 16- 18 (SYDNEY), JUNE 23- 25 (PERTH)
Australia

SUPANOVA POP CULTURE EXPO

This is a celebration of pop culture in all its forms – TV, film, books, comics, toys, gaming, animation, cosplay and more! A number of high-profile personalities are scheduled to appear, including actors, comic book illustrators, authors and voice over artists. Check the website regularly for ticket release dates, prices and schedule amendments.
www.supanova.com.au

JULY 1 – 31 JAPAN
gion festival

GION FESTIVAL

Lasting for an entire month, Kyoto’s Gion Festival is one of the three biggest festivals in Japan. The festival showcases many traditional events, foods, clothing and activities, but the centrepiece of this religious festival is a large float parade that takes place on July 17.
gionfestival.org

AUGUST JAPAN
aomori nebuta festival

AOMORI NEBUTA FESTIVAL

A parade of lanterns shaped like samurai warriors through the streets of the city of Aomori. Some can measure up to eight metres high and fifteen metres wide! This is the largest nebuta float festival in Japan, attracting a large number of tourists each year. Since 1980, this festival has been designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property.
www.nebuta.or.jp

AUGUST JAPAN
Awa Odori

AWA ODORI

This festival is the largest dance festival in Japan, dating back over 400 years. Over 1.3 million tourists visit the city of Tokushima every year to see the traditional dancers performing.
www.city.tokushima.tokushima.jp/english/ awaodori.html

SEPTEMBER 16 – 17 JAPAN
kishiwada danjiri

KISHIWADA DANJIRI FESTIVAL

Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri, a float festival, takes place in Kishiwada, Osaka. Thirty-four unique and intricately designed floats are carried through this castle town. www.city.kishiwada.osaka.jp/site/danjiri/english.html

OCTOBER – NOVEMBER AUSTRALIA

JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL

Every year, Australia plays host to one of the largest Japanese film festivals worldwide. This event is presented by the Japan Foundation (Sydney) and will be travelling around the country to Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Perth. A variety of films will be screened, showcasing both classics of Japanese cinema, as well as more modern offerings.
www.japanesefilmfestival.net

NOVEMBER 15 JAPAN

SHICHIGOSAN
Shichigosan, or the seven-five-three festival, is a Japanese celebration for girls aged seven, boys aged five, and boys and girls aged three.

DECEMBER AUSTRALIA
matsuri in Sydney

MATSURI IN SYDNEY

Matsuri in Sydney, held annually, is one of the most exciting Japanese events in Australia. A wide range of Japanese dishes, beers and dance performances can be enjoyed here. You can also participate in a variety of workshops to experience traditional arts and crafts.
matsurisydney.com