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Okuyama Houkouji
Okuyama Hōkōji is located in Inasachō Okuyama, Kita-ku, which is in the city of Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture.

Charm・Vermilion seal or stamp
A charm is an ornament used to pray for good health or success by carrying it about with you. It is sold at the shrines and temples in Japan.

Ryotanji temple
Ryotanji temple is one of the ancient Zen-temples from the Nara era and was founded in 733.

Chorakuji
Chorakuji, located in Kiga of Hoseo-cho, Kita-ku in Hamamatsu City, has a history going back 1200 years to the Heian period, when it was opened by Kobo Daishi.

Folk Kabuki
Kabuki is a traditional Japanese performing art that includes each of the three elements indicated by the Japanese characters in the name: music, dance and performance. Interest in kabuki, both at home and abroad has been rising, and it was designated an

Coming-of-age Ceremony in Japan
In Japan, when a person turns twenty years old, they are considered to have “turned into a person” and therefore become an adult. Additionally, activities that were previously forbidden because they were viewed as children, such as drinking and smoking, a

Dezome-shiki(Japan New Year firefighter's event)
Dezome-shiki is the regular event of the New Year held by Japanese fire fighters and its origin dates back to 1659 in the Edo period.

Nanakusa-gayu
On January 7th, people in many areas of Japan eat a type of rice porridge made with seven different kinds of spring herbs called “nanakusa-gayu.”

Doll Festival (Hina-matsuri)
In Japan, March 3rd is the Doll Festival when families celebrate the healthy development of young girls (also called peach festival).

Tsuinashiki
At Hachimangu Shrine in Naka Ward, Hamamatsu City, the Tsuinashiki is held on February 2nd every year. This ceremony, in whi

Setsubun
February 3rd is the last day of winter. "Setsubun" refers to the day before the first day of each season (spring, summer, fall, and winter). In particular, the first day of spring is considered to be the beginning of the new year,

Valentine's Day in Japan
Valentine’s Day originated as a day to commemorate the execution of the Christian martyr St. Valentino, who was executed on February 14th. (Valentine is the English reading of Valentino.)

Enshu Yokosuka Mikumano shrine festival
festival held at Yokosuka district in Kakegawa city is a traditional festival which has been inherited for over 280 years since the festival culture of Edo spread to this area during the

The Hamamatsu Festival Pavilion
The Hamamatsu Festival Pavilion is located inside the Enshunada Seaside Park

Hamamatsu Rice Farming
In Japan where rice cultivation is popular, the Tohoku and Hokuriku regions are well-known as areas typically producing rice, but delicious rice is also made in Hamamatsu, in western Shizuoka.

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