Tama Seseri

For 500 years, two teams of loincloth-clad men have braved the winter cold to scramble for possession of an 8kg wooden ball in…

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Eat Namako Mochi on New Year’s Eve at Hakozakigu Shrine

On Dec. 31 Hakozakigu Shrine is holding a mochitsuki event. The mochi (rice cakes) at this festival are in the shape of namako (sea cucumbers). The namako mochi are traditional and…

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Winter Peony Public Viewing in Hakozakigu Shrine’s Flower Garden

From early Jan. until the end of Feb. you can enjoy beautiful winter peonies at Hakozakigu after praying at the shrine…

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Hakozakigu Shrine Flea Market 2016

This Sunday, the streets surrounding Hakata’s Hakozakigu Shrine saw the arrival of one of Kyushu’s most comprehensive flea markets. These usually quiet alleyways…

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Hakozakigu Shrine Nominoichi (Flea Market)

This is one of the biggest flea markets in western Japan! More than 200 stalls display curiosities, second-hand clothing, antiques and more…

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Hojoya 2016 Photo Report

We went to Hojoya on Tuesday and took some snaps which you can see below. The festival continues until Sunday, Sep. 18 – Don’t miss it, and check out our full guide before you go!

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Hakofes 2016

This annual event aims to spread the Hojoya festival atmosphere from Hakozaki Shrine to the entire Hakozaki neighbourhood. Events range from traditional comedy to modern…

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Hojoya Festival 2016

This 1,000 year-old festival is one of the “big three” in Hakata and a great way to welcome Autumn…

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Hojoya Guide 2016

Autumn in Hakata is not complete without a trip to Hakozakigu Shrine. Every year, more than one million people visit the shrine during the festival…

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Hojoya Ohajiki Revealed – 2016

Ohajiki are popular souvenirs of the Hojoya festival which takes place at Hakozakigu Shrine between Sep. 12 and Sep. 18. These game counters, which are handmade by Hakata doll craftsmen every year, double up as…

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