Events & Festivals

Wa-Rasse Nebuta Museum Aomori

Aomori Nebuta Matsuri and the Wa-Rasse Experience

The Aomori Nebuta Matsuri is held in early August. If you can’t be in town for the festival you can still experience it at the Wa-Rasse Nebuta museum. We regularly plan our Japan trips to include community events and festivals.  It’s such a fun time…

Daigoji temple - Bentendo Hall

Daigoji Temple and a Sakura Festival

Local festivals are a great time to visit a Japanese Temple or Shrine. This large UNESCO listed temple is especially beautiful during the cherry blossoms and the Hanami Gyoretsu festival but it’s not the only season that it’s excels.

Chinese New Year in Sydney

Where to celebrate the Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year, or Chinese New Year (CNY)  is such a dramatic and fun celebration to be part of but what do you you do if you can’t travel to China this year to celebrate?  You join the local celebrations in the country you’re…

Sapporo snow festival

Exploring the Sapporo Snow Festival

The Sapporo Snow Festival is an incredible winter wonderland of all things snow & ice. Spread across 3 huge sites it’s the biggest winter festival in Japan so here are a few tips for getting the most out of your visit.

Nightquarter

NightQuarter on the Gold Coast

Have you been to NightQuarter, the Gold Coasts newest foodie market?  Located in the Gold Coast suburb of Helensvale, NightQuarter is around a 30 minute drive from Surfers Paradise but this market is anything but suburban. It opened in November 2015 after three years of planning.  NightQuarter is the…

Kenka-sai ceremony at Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto

Kenka-sai festival at Fushimi Inari Shrine

As soon as I knew we’d be in Kyoto on the 1st April I mentally blocked out the middle of the day for the Kenka-sai festival.  Incorporating festivals and cultural events on our Japan trips is something we’ve done since our first visit and it’s provided some…

Toowoomba Street Art - Drapl

Toowoomba’s annual street art festival

A highlight in the May calendar for fans of outdoor art is Firstcoat, the Toowoomba street art festival.  First Coat is an initiative where local and international artists are invited to revive a city wall with colour, drama and creativity.  Legal walls are volunteered by local business…

The complete guide to sakura in Kyoto, Japan

15 best spots to experience Cherry Blossom in Kyoto

Headed to Kyoto for springtime? It’s one of our favourite sakura spots in Japan so here are some of the best locations and events for viewing cherry blossom in Kyoto. In early March cherry blossom fever hits Kyoto.  The ume (peach blossom) are wafting their…

Everything you need to know about Shichi-go-san celebrations

Shichi-go-san festival in Japan

There’s not much that’s more adorable, or kawaii I guess, than dozens of young children in traditional kimonos.  It’s a sight you’re likely to see a lot in Shinto shrines during the shichi-go-san festival in mid November.  An excess of cuteness and so many bright colours is a photographers dream…