Monday, August 26, 2019

Festivals

To step into the past in such a way is something that few societies can offer in their celebrations. Japanese festivals bring out some of the oldest traditions and are often unique to each area. Because of the different traditions, styles and atmosphere of each region, prefecture and town, every festival you come across is an exciting new experience.

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In harmony with the seasons: Tanomi Festival – Early September

Tanomi Festival - Early September The “Tanomi Festival” later became the “Hassaku Festival”—written in a different kanji character to mean festival for ‘pleading’—among merchants and samurai warriors, and evolved as a rite to foresee if...

Myriad Winter Festivals in Tohoku!

Hachinohe Enburi : Dance Parade for Good Harvest Aomori’s Hachinohe shi holds an enburi festival every year from February 17 to 20 to celebrate the arrival of spring. The Hachinohe Enburi, with a history of...

Kamakura Matsuri (Snow Hut Festival): More than Just Igloos!

Kamakura festivals, often held on the day of the first full moon of a new year (around mid-February) to pray for household safety and a bumper grain harvest, are traditional events in the Tohoku...

Namahage Culture: Living with the Times

In an agriculture society where people's daily lives depend on the weather, people have worshipped the gods at festivals to praculture of Namahage, frightening the people of Oga city in Akita Prefecture, is a...

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...

The picture-perfect Fuji Shibazakura Festival

Small flowers with five heart-shaped petals in various shades of pink and purple cover the ground of a wide open area. Their different colors come together to weave a beautiful tapestry. As if that...

Spring events in Saitama

Days are becoming warmer and flowers are starting to bloom, this is the perfect time to visit Saitama city and see Japanese traditional crafts and beautiful Spring scenery! Every March, Saitama city offers several...

Nebuta Festival Japan [Nebuta Matsuri]

Nebuta Matsuri Aomori City, Aomori Prefecture Aug. 2 - 7 Highlight: fireworks festival on the final day Aomori city comes alive every summer to celebrate the Nebuta festival. Historically the festival functioned as a means of keeping...