5 Oct
6 Oct

Benkei Matsuri

Tanabe City, Wakayama Pref.

Night Kansai

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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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...

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4 Oct
6 Oct

Nihonmatsu no Chouchin Matsuri

Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima Pref.

Over 100 Years All Day See Tohoku

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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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...

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6 Oct
8 Oct

Naha Ohtsunahiki Matsuri ~NAHA GIANT TUG OF WAR FESTIVAL~

Naha City, Okinawa Pref.

Over 400 Years Afternoon Join Okinawa

The Naha Giant Tug of War Festival, said to have started in 1450, boasts a long and proud history as one of Okinawa's largest events. The most excited part of this festival is the giant tug of war featuring a rope that is so big it is recorded in the...

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The Naha Giant Tug of War Festival, said to have started in 1450, boasts a long and proud history as one of Okinawa's largest events. The most excited part of...

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7 Oct
8 Oct

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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17 Oct
18 Oct

Shirahigetawara Shrine Doburoku Matsuri

Kitsuki City, Oita Pref.

Afternoon Join Kyushu

At this festival, a rare brew of Sake known as “Doburoku” (permitted to be brewed only in limited locations across Japan) is handed out to the shrine’s visitors, as a prayer for good harvest and longevity. “Doburoku” is an ancient Japanese alcoholic beverage, and a prototype of Sake. The white...

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At this festival, a rare brew of Sake known as “Doburoku” (permitted to be brewed only in limited locations across Japan) is handed out to the shrine’s visitors, as a...

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