Japan is a great nation and has effectively preserved its culture and language from the deeply rooted industrial and modern-day which permeate through the fabric of Japanese life. One way it promotes and preserves its long history and traditions is by way of festivals.
The Japanese celebrate a handful of festivals throughout the year. Each festival witnesses a huge turnout and is symbolic of the Japanese pride. Due to the enormity and colorfulness of these festivals, people from all across the globe visit the country.
In this article, we will tell you more about these festivals. There are 6 festivals listed in the article which one should attend when they are Japan.
1. Kanda Matsuri
Amongst the most popular festivals in the metropolitan powerhouse, Tokyo, is the Kanda Matsuri. It is dedicated to the Kanda Myojin Shrine and occurs during the month of May. A huge crowd of people is accompanied by Mikoshi, portable shrines, which travel in a parade throughout the Kanda district before returning to the shrine in the evening.
2. Gion Matsuri
Another major highlight of Japan is the GionMatsuri. The festival is conducted during the month of July and is particularly known for the grand and fancy procession of floats known as Yamaboko Junko which takes place on 17th and 24th of the month. The festival runs through the Oike and Kawaramachi streets.
Awa Odori is the biggest traditional dance festival in the country. The festival witnesses involvement of almost everyone—men, women,and kids—who come on the streets of Tokushima city and dance. It is organized from 12th to 15th August.
In the festival, people come out in straw hats and summery kimonos. The colors of the festival are spectacular and will make anyone fall in love with them. It is a popular Japanese festival among tourists, and hence, you should plan your trip such to coincide with it.
4. Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri
Organised in the city of Kishiwada, Osaka, the Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri is one with massive energy and action. It features wooden floats which are often as heavy 3000kg and involves people pulling their floats at great speeds and team leaders dancing and hopping atop the floats.
If you are already interested in the festival, you should consider coming to Japan in the middle of September month.
5. Hakata Dontaka Matsuri
Haka DOntakaMatsuri is organized in the city of Fukuoka from 3rd to 4th May. The festival is an enthralling experience, in which you can see people dancing and parading through streets accompanied by wooden Shamoji (a utensil used to serve rice).
The festival is commonly known as Hakata Dontaka Port Festival, as the Hakata Port hosts a number of events throughout the festival.
6. Nebuta Matsuri
Last but not the least is the NebutaMatsuri which occurs from 2ndto 7th August in the city of Aomori. It is named after floating lanterns, Nebuta, that portray human figures which are paraded along with hundreds of chanting dancers. The festival usually begins at sunset and lasts for a couple of hours.