14 Sep
15 Sep

The Danjiri Matsuri in Kishiwada

Kishiwada City, Osaka Pref.

Over 100 Years All Day See Kansai

There are no other comparisons thinkable when it comes to the unparalleled relationship between Danjiri Matsuri and the people of Kishiwada. They have a unique calendar that begins with September—the starting month of the festival—and children born in Kishiwada learn how to pull the Danjiri (float) ropes before any other...

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There are no other comparisons thinkable when it comes to the unparalleled relationship between Danjiri Matsuri and the people of Kishiwada. They have a unique calendar that begins with September—the...

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26 Sep
27 Sep

Ofune Matsuri

Azumino City, Nagano Pref.

Over 100 Years Afternoon See Chubu

Every year on the 26th and 27th of September, this festival has been held at the Hotaka Shrine for over 300 years. It is a time to pray for peace throughout the land, a rich harvest of grain and the happiness and prosperity of the shrines parishioners.  On the 26th, from...

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Every year on the 26th and 27th of September, this festival has been held at the Hotaka Shrine for over 300 years. It is a time to pray for peace...

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22 Sep
23 Sep

Seimei Festival

Kyoto City, Kyoto Pref.

Over 100 Years All Day See Kansai

The Master of Yin and Yang, Abe no Seimei (920-1005) was active in the mid Heian Era. As an astronomer, he could also read the stars, and tell fortunes. Using many "magic spells", techniques and rituals regarding Yin and Yang, he was able to protect the capital from disasters. Even...

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The Master of Yin and Yang, Abe no Seimei (920-1005) was active in the mid Heian Era. As an astronomer, he could also read the stars, and tell fortunes. Using...

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22 Sep

Sendai Otsunahiki

Satsuma-kawauchi City, Kagoshima Pref.

Over 400 Years Caution ! Night Join Kyushu

They say the Sendai Otsunahiki began over 400 years ago. Roughly 3,000 shirtless men wrapped in a white Sarashi compete at tug-o-war using a massive rope that over 1,500 people made together earlier that morning. The rope reaches roughly 400m in length and weighs up to seven tons. It is...

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They say the Sendai Otsunahiki began over 400 years ago. Roughly 3,000 shirtless men wrapped in a white Sarashi compete at tug-o-war using a massive rope that over 1,500 people...

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23 Sep

Takaoka Daibutsu Matsuri

Takaoka City, Toyama Pref.

Morning See Hokuriku

The Takaoka Daibutsu Matsuri is a cleaning ritual of the Takaoka Daibutsu (Buddha statue) that started in 1968. In the morning, during the ritual called the Ominugui, monks and other staff members of the facility wrapped in traditional all-white cloth, commence wiping the statue clean of the impurities it had...

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The Takaoka Daibutsu Matsuri is a cleaning ritual of the Takaoka Daibutsu (Buddha statue) that started in 1968. In the morning, during the ritual called the Ominugui, monks and other...

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