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Annual Events in Japan
Shinto Holidays

Jan. 1
Hatsymode ("First visit" to Buddhis temple or Shinto shrine)
Jan. 2
Kakizone ("First writing'; first calligraphy of the year.)
Jan. 4
Goyo Hajime (First Business Day)
Jan. 7
Jinjitsu (Day of Mankind; also called Nanakusa no Sekku.)

Feb. 3 or 4
Setsubun (Bean scattering ceremony)
Feb. 4 or 5
Risshun (Beginning of spring)
Feb. 8
Kodomo no Hi (Children's Day) also called Tango no sekku

Mar. 3
Doll Festival (Hina Matsuri; also called Joshi no Sekku)
Mar. 17 to 24
Spring Higan (seven-day Buddhis memorial service cetering on the vernal equinox.)

Apr. 8
Hana Matsuri (Flower Festival; also called Kanbutsue)

May 2 or 3
Hachijuhachiya (literally, "88th Night"; the 88th day after Risshun; marks an important date in the planting schedule of farmers.)

Jun. 21 or 22
summer solstice (Geshi)

Jul. 7
Tanabata Festival (observed on 7 Aug. in some parts of Japan)
Jul. 13-15
Bon Festival (observed on 13-15 August in some areas)

Sep. 1
Nihyaku-toka (literally, "210th Day"; the 210th day after Risshun; traditionally viewd as the first day of the typhoon season)
Sep. 17-20
Autumn higan (seven-day Buddhist memorial centering on the autumnal equinox)

Night of full moon
Jugoya (literally, "15th night"; the full moon of the eighth month in the old lunar calendar)

Nov. 15
Shichigosan ("Seven-Five-three" Festival)

Dec. 21 or 22
Winter solstice (Toji)
Late part of month
toshi no ichi (Year-end fairs)
Dec. 31
Omisoka (New Year's Eve.)
Joya no kane (Literally, "bells of New Year's Eve." temple bells ring 108 times at midnight.)

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