Japanese festival (matsuri)

Celebrate With the Locals at These 3 Japanese Festivals in Miyawaka, Fukuoka!

One of the best ways to learn about a town’s culture is through their festivals. From garments and rituals to dances and instruments, every little detail of the festival has its own meaning. Here are some of the festivals that you can experience in Fukuoka’s Miyawaka City (宮若市)! Miyawaka is one of the 28 cities…

Feel the Heat as You Celebrate These 2 Fire Festivals in Hamamatsu, Japan

Fire symbolizes light, warmth, and purification. In the mountains of Hamamatsu in Shizuoka Prefecture, fires are lit, dances are performed, and prayers are offered. Check out these two fire festivals in the area this December 2017! 1. Kanzanji Fire Festival The Kanzanji Temple holds a fire festival annually on December 15. During the festival, prayers…

Don’t Miss This UNESCO-Recognized Japanese Festival in Kumamoto This November!

Discover this 400-year-old festival that has recently been designated as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. See the Yatsushiro Myoken Festival this November 2017 in Kumamoto Prefecture! Yatsushiro Myoken Festival Dubbed as one of the three great festivals in Kyushu, the Yatsushiro Myoken Festival is celebrated yearly on November 22 and 23. An autumn festivity at…

5 Great Things About the Autumn Season in Japan

Temperatures are fluctuating, the last of the annoying summer insects are dying out, and people are changing their light bed sheets for winter warmers and stocking up on blankets and fluffy slippers. Autumn has arrived in Japan! Although there are many things to love about summer – beach activities, summer festivities, and seasonal cooling drinks,…

See the Beautiful Autumn Leaves of Japan at These 5 Maple Festivals in Aichi

There is inexplicable beauty in how our surroundings change with the seasons. When the green foliage of summer turn into blazing blends of red, orange, and yellow, people look forward to “momijigari” or autumn leaf viewing. Enjoy the colors of autumn at these five festivals in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture! 1. Korankei “Momiji” Maple Festival jp.fotolia.com/…

Experience the Thrill of Battle at This One-Of-A-Kind Fighting Festival in Himeji

When we hear or see the word “Himeji,” the first thing that comes to mind is the beautiful white facade of Himeji Castle. Every autumn, a fierce fight takes place in the same city as this castle. Behold the battle of mikoshi and yatai at the Nada Fighting Festival! Nada Fighting Festival The Nada Fighting…

Express Gratitude to Your Beloved Dolls at This Unique Festival at Meiji Shrine

At the mention of Meiji Shrine, what comes to your mind? The lush greenery along the forest paths leading to the shrine? Traditional Japanese marriage ceremonies taking place on the shrine’s grounds? For those who may not know, this Shinto shrine is dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken (even…

Join the Festivities and See Ten Thousand Lights at a Temple in Tokyo This October

They say that light shines brightest in the darkest of nights. If you want to witness a parade of thousands of lights in Tokyo, the Oeshiki Festival is perfect for you! Held annually in October, the Oeshiki commemorates the death anniversary of Nichiren Shonin. This Buddhist festival is celebrated all over Japan, but the Oeshiki…

What Is This Scary ‘Mud Festival’ for Kids in Okinawa and Why Is It Dying Out?

Japan is known for its many unique festivals, and Paantu is one such event mostly celebrated in the Miyako Islands of Okinawa Prefecture. What was once a great festival celebrated all across the islands of Okinawa, is now just limited to Miyakojima and a few other islands in the far southwest. The festival is performed…
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