3 Nov

Tanzan Shrine Kemari Festival

Sakurai City, Nara Pref.

Afternoon Join Kansai

Sitting quietly in the mountains of Nara Prefecture is the Tanzan Shrine, the home of this Spring/Autumn festival. Deep in roots, this festival brings back to life a game called Kemari that the royal family members used to play 1,400 years ago. The Tanzan Shrine is where the soul of...

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Sitting quietly in the mountains of Nara Prefecture is the Tanzan Shrine, the home of this Spring/Autumn festival. Deep in roots, this festival brings back to life a game called...

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11 Nov

Sukagawa Taimatsu Akashi

Sukagawa City, Fukushima Pref.

Over 400 Years Caution ! Night Join Tohoku

One of the three major fire festivals of Japan, the Sukagawa Taimatsu Akashi is a tradition with over 420 years of history. It is said to have originated when locals first mourned the lives of the many people who died during Masamune Date's (the military commander of current day Miyagi...

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One of the three major fire festivals of Japan, the Sukagawa Taimatsu Akashi is a tradition with over 420 years of history. It is said to have originated when locals...

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2 Nov
4 Nov

Karatsu Kunchi

Karatsu City, Saga Pref.

Over 100 Years Caution ! Afternoon See Kyushu

【UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage】The Karatsu Kunchi, a festival celebrated for a rich harvest and prosperity in business, features large floats called Hikiyama that run through the city. Starting in 1819 with the offering of the Hikiyama known as Akajishi to the local deities as a way to cruise the city...

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【UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage】The Karatsu Kunchi, a festival celebrated for a rich harvest and prosperity in business, features large floats called Hikiyama that run through the city. Starting in 181...

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9 Oct
10 Oct

Hachiman Matsuri

Takayama City, Gifu Pref.

Over 400 Years All Day See Chubu

【UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage】Takayama City, located in the Hida region of northern Gifu Prefecture, is often referred to as Hida-Takayama. It is told that the Takayama Matsuri—held annually on October 9th and 10th—originated during the turbulent Sengoku period of Japan (late 16th to 17th cent.). The Autumn Takayama Matsuri, also...

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【UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage】Takayama City, located in the Hida region of northern Gifu Prefecture, is often referred to as Hida-Takayama. It is told that the Takayama Matsuri—held annually on October...

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27 Oct
29 Oct

Imari Tontenton

Imari City, Saga Pref.

Over 100 Years Caution ! Afternoon See Kyushu

The Imari Tontenton is a Shinko-sai festival at Imari Shrine, located on the riverbanks of Imari river in Imari City, Saga Pref. The festival is also known as Imari Kunchi, and has continued for over 200 years. “Gassen” battles between floats are held in multiple locations throughout the neighbourhood during...

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The Imari Tontenton is a Shinko-sai festival at Imari Shrine, located on the riverbanks of Imari river in Imari City, Saga Pref. The festival is also known as Imari Kunchi...

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