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Sanja matsuri

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...
Nishiasa Sankita (Nishiasakusa Sanchome Kita Chokai) mikoshi carrying

Backstage at Sanja Matsuri in Asakusa

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 of the earliest,...
Michael Feather Photography from Sanja Festival

Interview with Michael Feather – Capturing Precious Moments from Sanja Matsuri

Michael Feather: Photographer A graduate of Leeds College of Photography Design and Print Clients varying from Lucite International and Muji to some of the best award winning agencies in the UK and Japan . Shot the...

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...

Immerse in Japanese culture and experience yukata

With the amount of foreign visitors to Japan increasing each year, it's becoming more common to see tourists immersing in Japanese culture and wearing a traditional kimono or yukata, especially when the hot, humid...

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...

Hanagasa Festival Japan [Hanagasa Matsuri]

Hanagasa Matsuri Yamagata City, Yamagata prefecture Aug. 5 - 7 Highlight: different types of dances using straw flower hats The iconic nature of the parade is the use of traditional agricultural workers hats decorated with red paper...

Waraji Festival Japan [Waraji Matsuri]

Waraji Matsuri Fukushima City, Fukushima Prefecture Aug. 3 - 6 Named after the traditional straw sandals for traveling, the 300-year-old festival features a huge waraji that measures 12 meters in length and weighs 2 tons. The...

Kanto Festival Japan [Kanto Matsuri]

Kanto Matsuri Akita City, Akita Prefecture Aug. 3 - 6 Highlight: see participants balance 50kg lantern poles A chorus of bamboo flutes signals the start of the festival and immediately various groups of men hoist the 12-meter...

Sansa Matsuri

Sansa Matsuri Morioka, Iwate Prefecture The charm of the festival lies in a parade where taiko drummers and dancers proceed through the city. The origin can be traced back to a legend about a...