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Akita Prefecture – New Fireworks Collection 2018

Daisen City of Akita Prefecture is famous for the “Zenkoku Hanabi Kyogi Taikai (National Fireworks Competition),” otherwise known as “Omagari no Hanabi.” The national competition, held in the summer, is one of Japan’s three major fireworks competitions. The fireworks season is greatly anticipated in Daisen City, a city of fireworks, so every year the city puts on a show of new fireworks! This year, the show is “New Fireworks Collection 2018.”
Young firework specialists from across the country painstakingly craft extremely creative small fireworks, present them, and compete.

Akita Prefecture’s Event with a History of Over 100 Years! Kamihinokinai’s Paper Balloon Festival

This is a winter event representative of Akita Prefecture.
Large candlelit paper balloons, painted with warrior pictures and Ukiyo-e styled women, flutter in the winter night sky like shining stars. A total of around 100 paper balloons are released into the night sky.
The Paper Balloon Festival is a traditional event that has been held for over 100 years.
The origin of the event is said to have its roots in the Edo Period scientist, Hiraga Gennai (17280-1780), who supposedly taught the populace the principles behind hot air balloons.

A Fall Foliage Viewing Spot in Akita: Hottai Falls amid the Mountain Blanketed with Fall Foliage, the best location for Movies in Japan!

There is much water accumulating on the summit of Mount Chokai, which is located in Akita Prefecture and included as one of the 100 Famous Mountains in Japan. The water is divided into three cascades: first cascade, second cascade and third cascade. As they descend quickly from the top, the scene is a magnificent spectacle. This is famous Hottai Falls. In early fall, with fall foliage covering the mountain, there is more picturesque scenery here than one can take in and hence here has become the location for many movies and televisions in Japan.

Akita Prefecture – Kakunodate Matsuri’s Yama Gyoji

Kakunodate Matsuri’s Yama Gyoji is one of 33 “Yama, Hoko, Yatai Gyoji” float festivals chosen to be added to UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritages.
This festival has over 350 years of history, and is held by Shimei and Yakushido Shrines in the Kakunodate area of Akita Prefecture’s Semboku City.
Young men pull floats, called hikiyama, through the town, and when the paths of two floats meet, they are thrown together in massive collisions to determine which will go ahead first!
Elegant dances and extraordinary decorated dolls on the floats are also must-sees!

One of the Three Great Festivals of Tohoku, “Akita Kantou Matsuri”

Akita Kantou Matsuri has been registered as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property and is regarded as one of the three great festivals of the Tohoku region. The festival is held to clear away vengeful spirits and midsummer illnesses, as well as to wish for things such as plentiful harvests. Performers parade around showing off their balancing of long, 12-meter bamboo poles holding 46 paper lanterns, called “kantou,” on their hands, foreheads, shoulders, waists, and so on.
You must see the illusory beauty created by over 260 kantou moving along with the sounds of flutes and taiko drums!

Must-go Fireworks Festivals in 2017! <Collaborative article with Yamada Denki_ second Part>

Under the collaboration with “Yamada Denki”; a leading home appliance store, in this media we have introduced timely events and tourists spots over several occasions. Using their low-priced prepaid SIM known as “YAMADA New Mobile” (formerly known as YAMADA SIM), YAMADA Denki suggests tourists visiting Japan to upload their lively pictures on their Social Networking Sites (SNS) while still in Japan.Of the first and second, this is the second part of the article to introduce recommended fireworks festivals this summer.