9 Oct

Nyu Matsuri

Hidakagawa Town, Wakayama Pref.

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The unique Nyu Matsuri, with over 200 years of history, is also known as the Warai Matsuri, or "Laugh Festival", as it is a time to bring in good fortune through laughter. A "Bell Ringer" dressed in motley clothes and wearing white make up, leads the mikoshi (portable shrine) parade...

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8 Oct
9 Oct

The Danjiri Matsuri in Kishiwada

Kishiwada City, Osaka Pref.

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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 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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4 Oct
6 Oct

Nihonmatsu no Chouchin Matsuri

Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima Pref.

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The Nihonmatsu no Chouchin Matsuri is designated as one of Fukushima Prefecture's important intangible folk cultural assets and boasts over 350 years of tradition as the Nihonmatsu Shrine's annual grand festival. What sets this festival apart from the rest is the 3,000 red chochin lanterns that cast a beautiful red...

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7 Oct
9 Oct

Sawarano Taisai Aki Matsuri ~ Grand festival of Sawara ~

Sawara City, Chiba Pref.

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Held in a town with remaining atmospheres of the Edo period, the Grand Festival of Sawara is the town's most celebrated event. This 300 year old historical event has two parts—its summer and autumn festivals. The autumn "Suwa-jinja Aki Matsuri" and the summer "Yasaka-jinja Gionsai" are together known as the Grand...

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30 Sep
1 Oct

Benkei Matsuri

Tanabe City, Wakayama Pref.

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Benkei was a monk famous for being tough and rugged, who left many legends during his lifetime over 800 years ago. The Benkei Matsuri festival began in 1987 in Tanabe City where his father is said to be from. The festival is held on the first Friday and Saturday of...

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