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Saitama – Kawagoe MatsuriRead Later
The official name of Kawagoe Matsuri is “Kawagoe Hikawa Matsuri,” and it has a long history of over 360 years. It is registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. During the festival, spectacular floats that carry elaborate dolls parade through the streets. The daytime is a great chance to see the ornate detailing on each float up close. At night, enjoy the fantastical atmosphere while watching the floats illuminated with colorful lights.
Along with the Aoi Matsuri in May and the Gion Matsuri in July, Heian Shrine's Jidai Matsuri (Festival of the Ages) is considered one of the three greatest annual festivals held in Kyoto.
This exciting fall festival celebrated at Nagasaki City's Suwa Shrine is one you won't want to miss. With a history of over 370 years, it is the most famous festival in Nagasaki. At the Nagasaki Kunchi Festival you can watch dances which incorporate the influence of Portuguese, Dutch, and Chinese culture on the area. While watching the spectacular dragon dance, spectators encouragingly yell "Mottekoi!"which means "Encore!"
Yabusame is a type of traditional Japanese archery in which a rider on a running horse shoots arrows at a target.
At Kamakura's Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine, Yabusame events are held in the spring during the Kamakura Matsuri and in the autumn at the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Reitaisai festivals.
As an event where the 800-year-history of samurai can be felt, it attracts a lot of people.
Osaka-Kishiwada Danjiri MatsuriRead Later
The Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri was founded around 300 years ago from the people’s wishes to have “a bountiful grain harvest.” Many years have passed since its inception, and today this festival also serves to strengthen the bonds between the local people. During this festival, people carry danjiri (decorative portable shrines) around town while letting out powerful cries. Another fun thing to look out for are the plenty of gourmet food stalls set up during the festival.
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.
Okinawa Zento Eisa MatsuriRead Later
The Okinawa Zento Eisa Matsuri is held every year over the course of 3 days and boasts numbers of around 300,000 attendees. Eisa is one of Okinawa’s traditional performance arts, done to pay respects to and send off ancestors.
Hokkaido’s “Asahikawa Natsu Matsuri” is an annual festival that’s packed with plenty of events to enjoy. The festival takes place over the course of 3 days in Asahikawa.
The festival’s opening is marked by the “Doshin Noryo Fireworks Display,” during which around 4,500 fireworks are launched into Asahikawa’s summer night sky. Other fun events include dances, parades, and mikoshi (portable shrine) carrying!