8 Nov

Hamono Kuyo-sai

Seki City, Gifu Pref.

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November 8th is "knives' day." It is a day to reevaluate the importance of knives that are essential to our livelihood and culture, and to cherish and thank them from the standpoint of both users and manufacturers. The Hamono Kuyo-sai is a memorial service held to commemorate the approximately 40,00...

21 Oct
23 Oct

Imari Tontenton

Imari City, Saga Pref.

Over 100 Years Over 100 Years Caution ! Caution ! Afternoon Afternoon See See Kyushu 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...

3 Nov

Matsumoto Shiminsai Matsumoto Matsuri

Matsumoto City, Nagano Pref.

Afternoon Afternoon See See Chubu Chubu

The "Matsumoto Matsuri," a section of the annual Shiminsai (citizens' festival), is loved by the people of Matsumoto as their annual grand celebration of the autumn season. On the day of the festival, the main venue of Matsumoto Castle's central park as well as the downtown's pedestrian zones become filled with...

22 Oct

Jidai Matsuri Festival

Kyoto City, Kyoto Pref.

Over 100 Years Over 100 Years Afternoon Afternoon See See Kansai Kansai

The Jidai Matsuri Festival is widely known as one of the 3 major festivals of Kyoto, along with Aoi Matsuri and the Gion Matsuri. The festival began in 1895 when the Heian Shrine was built deifying Emperor Kanmu, celebrating the 1,100th anniversary of the Heian relocation (moving of the capital...

3 Nov

Tanzan Shrine Kemari Festival

Sakurai City, Nara Pref.

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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 Kemari that the royal family members used to play 1,400 years ago. The Tanzan Shrine is where the soul of...