26 Aug
27 Aug

Yoshida’s Fire Festival

Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Pref.

Over 400 Years All Day See Chubu

One of Japan's three major strange festivals, this fire festival held annually on August 26th and 27th at both the Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Shrine and the Suwa Shrine, is known as Yoshida's Fire Festival. The rituals start at the Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Shrine on the 26th, from 15:00. In...

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One of Japan's three major strange festivals, this fire festival held annually on August 26th and 27th at both the Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Shrine and the Suwa Shrine, is...

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15 Sep
17 Sep

Okinawa Zento Eisa Matsuri

Okinawa City, Okinawa Pref.

Night Join Okinawa

Eisa is a dance performed during the O-bon holidays as a way to remember, pay respect, and to send off ancestors. Youth associations from each Aza (neighborhood, region) parade through the communities while dancing the Eisa. Originally, you would only be able to see the dances in each of their...

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Eisa is a dance performed during the O-bon holidays as a way to remember, pay respect, and to send off ancestors. Youth associations from each Aza (neighborhood, region) parade through...

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2 Aug
7 Aug

Aomori Nebuta Matsuri

Aomori City, Aomori Pref.

Over 100 Years Night Join Tohoku

The Nebuta Matsuri is one of the largest among the many festivals in Japan. Large illuminated floats of glowing figures—Nebuta—parade through town, and are newly crafted each year based on themes such as well-known kabuki scenes, historical moments or mythologies. Their dimensions reach up to 9m in width, 7m in...

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The Nebuta Matsuri is one of the largest among the many festivals in Japan. Large illuminated floats of glowing figures—Nebuta—parade through town, and are newly crafted each year based on...

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1 Aug
4 Aug

Sansa Odori Festival

Morioka City, Iwate Pref.

Night Join Tohoku

The Sansa Odori festival has been the main event of the Morioka region since the time is was administered by the Nanbu clan.  A long long time ago, there was an evil demon causing mischief around the Morioka castle town. When prayers to the god of Mitsuishi Shrine were held...

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The Sansa Odori festival has been the main event of the Morioka region since the time is was administered by the Nanbu clan.  A long long time ago, there was...

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4 Aug
5 Aug

Hyuga Hyottoko Summer Festival

Hyuga City, Miyazaki Pref.

All Day See Kyushu

The Hyuga Hyottoko Summer Festival is a massive summer event where nearly 2,000 dancers gather from all over the country to enjoy the "Hyottoko Odori" with approx. 70,000 attending festival goers. The "Hyottoko" refers to the humorous clown-like character that appears in traditional Japanese folk or festival dances. It is...

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The Hyuga Hyottoko Summer Festival is a massive summer event where nearly 2,000 dancers gather from all over the country to enjoy the "Hyottoko Odori" with approx. 70,000 attending festival...

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