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The Spirit of Summer Festivals and Portable Shrines

WAttention Tokyo Culture Special Hot nights, traditional costumes, portable shrines and the rhythmical beating of drums immediately spell out matsuri, summer festivals, to any Japanese person. One of the three biggest in Tokyo and one...
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The Roots and History of Summer Festivals in Japan

Hot nights, traditional costumes, portable shrines and the rhythmical beating of drums immediately spell out matsuri, summer festivals, to any Japanese person. 'Tis the Season for Matsuri If you know Japan, you know it breathes with...

Guide to marvelous Summer Festivals!

From firework festivals, shrine events and dance parades; among the hundreds of events going on during the hottest time of the year, here are some suggestions for you! Asakusa Summer Night Festival - Toro...

Summer With A Bang! – Top 3 Runners-up Fireworks Festivals in Japan 2016

From breathtaking patterns in the sky to exhilarating festival parades, summer brings out the passion in Japan. And if our selection of top 3 Fireworks Festivals in Japan wasn't enough for you, these 3...

Summer With A Bang! – Top 3 Fireworks Festivals in Japan 2016

Summertime in Japan isn't complete without watermelons, shaved ice, wind chimes, mosquito coils and last but not least, fireworks of massive proportions! It's a great reason to put on a summer yukata, throng the streets...

Yukata, timeless elegance for the summer

Summer time means matsuri (festival) time in Japan! And there is simply nothing more fashionable to wear to a traditional Japanese festival than a yukata! This casual version of a kimono is lighter in...

Japan Summer Special 2016

Spending the summer in Japan means that you can rub shoulders with the locals in an energetic festival, or get away from the crowd and go hiking in cool, picturesque landscapes. You can indulge in soul...

August 2016 Fireworks Festivals Schedule – In & Around Tokyo

Here comes the second part of our Fireworks Festivals Schedule! All big Events In & Around Tokyo for August are featured in this article.  Get your Yukata ready! Tokyo The 34th Koto Fireworks Festival Date: August 1st...

In Harmony with the Seasons: Festivals

In Japan, various shrines and temples hold summer festivals during the months of July and August. The origins of these festivals stem from a way to soothe the tired souls from farming labor, and...

July 2016 Fireworks Festivals Schedule – In & Around Tokyo

Summer means Hanabi Matsuri (花火祭り) season in Japan, and refers to great Fireworks Festivals held throughout the country. During the hot and humid summer, the festivals lighten up the mood and provide a sparkling...