11 Sep

Hyoge Matsuri

Takamatsu City, Kagawa Pref.

Over 100 Years Over 100 Years Afternoon Afternoon See See Chugoku Shikoku Chugoku Shikoku

Since the Edo period, the Hyoge Matsuri has been a time to show gratitude for water and to pray for a rich harvest. The Asano region, where the festival is held, suffered from water shortage during the Edo period due it's geographical inability to retain water. It was a samurai...

7 Sep
9 Sep

Kakunodate Matsuri no Yamagyouji

Senboku City, Akita Pref.

Over 100 Years Over 100 Years Caution ! Caution ! All Day All Day See See Tohoku Tohoku

The Kakunodate Matsuri started in the 1600's. A rare festival of Japan, it is co-held by both shrine and temple. Four meter tall floats called "Hikiyama", the key roles of this festival, are elaborately decorated and topped with figures of Samurai. These 18 Hikiyama floats are each pulled using ropes...

13 Sep
18 Sep

Fujisaki hachimangu Reitaisai ~Shinkoushiki~

Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Pref.

Over 1000 Years Over 1000 Years All Day All Day See See Kyushu Kyushu

Fujisaki Hachimangu Reitaisai is the annual grand festival of Fujisaki Hachimangu Shrine—a historic occasion continued for over 1,000 years. Popularly known to the locals as the "Umaoi Matsuri," it is one of the largest festivals in Kumamoto Prefecture participated by 70 groups and nearly 20,000 people.  Downtown areas of Kumamoto...

27 Aug

Kin-nyamonya Matsuri

Ama town, Oki District, Shimane Pref.

All Day All Day See See Chugoku Shikoku Chugoku Shikoku

Ama-cho, where the lifestyle of days gone still remains strong, boasts rich nature and is listed as "one of the most beautiful villages of Japan". The Kin-nyamonya Matsuri is the summer hallmark of Ama-cho that comes from a folk song of the same name that has been handed down for...

26 Aug
28 Aug

Okinawa Zento Eisa Matsuri

Okinawa City, Okinawa Pref.

Night Night Join Join Okinawa 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...