Yamagata Hanagasa Matsuri

Celebrate Summer 2018 in Japan with These 9 Awesome Festivals in the Tohoku Region

Summer in Japan is mostly about festivals. In Tohoku alone, more than 10 summer festivals are celebrated! Sounds fascinating, doesn’t it? Here are some of the best summer festivals in Tohoku that you should not miss. Quick! Jot down the details! 1. Hachinohe Sansha Taisai A float procession, portable shrines, and a tiger dance –…

Yamagata Hanagasa Matsuri: Enjoy the Dances of the Flower Hat Parade!

Yamagata Hanagasa Festival is considered to be one of Tohoku’s major festivals. It primarily centers on the “hanagasa,” which is a hat decorated with artificial flowers worn by adults and children as they parade through the streets of Yamagata City. The very first festival was held in 1964 which makes it relatively new. Every year,…