Jan Sun 1
Shinto New Year, one of the most popular occasions for shrine visits.
Jan Sun 15
Japanese who have reached legal adulthood (20 in Japan) in the previous year attend a shrine to give thanks.
Feb Fri 3
A Spring festival that marks the division between Winter and Spring and is celebrated with beans.
Mar Sat 3
Hina-matsuri - Festival of Dolls
Celebrates daughters in the family
Mar Wed 21
Shubun-sai - Equinox day
A day for visiting graves. Also associated with Buddhism in Japan.
Nov Thu 15
A festival to give thanks for children. Often celebrated on the nearest Sunday to the 15th to allow working parents to take part.
Nov Fri 23
Labour Thanksgiving Day, a national holiday in Japan and originally a harvest festival.