12/30/2011

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Regional Festivals - From Hokkaido to Okinawa

Nihon no O-Matsuri 日本のお祭り 
Japanese Festivals


in the 47 prefectures


. Festivals of Japan - Introduction .
with more external LINKS


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HOKKAIDO 北海道 [ 道北 道東 道央 道南 ]

. HOKKAIDO . and . AINU .

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TOHOKU 東北 [ 青森 岩手 宮城 秋田 山形 福島 ]


. AKITA .

. AOMORI - Hirosaki .

. FUKUSHIMA .

. IWATE - Morioka, Hiraizumi .

. MIYAGI - Sendai, Matsushima .

. YAMAGATA .


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KANTO 関東 -
[ 東京 神奈川 埼玉 千葉 茨城 栃木 群馬 ]


. CHIBA . Narita .

. GUNMA, GUMMA .

. IBARAKI / IBARAGI - Mito.

. KANAGAWA - Yokohama - Kamakura .

. SAITAMA .

. TOCHIGI - Nikko .

. TOKYO - Edo .


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. . . . . Chubu, Chuubu Chihoo 中部地方


SHINETSU 信越 [ 新潟 長野 ]

. NAGANO .

. NIIGATA .

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HOKURIKU 北陸 [ 富山 石川 福井 山梨 ]


. FUKUI .

. ISHIKAWA .  

. TOYAMA .

. YAMANASHI - Kofu .   

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TOKAI 東海 [ 愛知 岐阜 静岡 ]

. AICHI . Nagoya .   

. GIFU . Hida, Takayama, Mino .

. SHIZUOKA .


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KINKI / KANSAI 近畿
[ 大阪 兵庫 京都 滋賀 奈良 和歌山 三重 ]


. HYOGO - Kobe, Himeji .

. KYOTO, Kyooto, Kioto .

. MIE - Ise Shrine .

. NARA .

. OSAKA .

. SHIGA .

. WAKAYAMA - Kishu .  


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CHUGOKU CHIHO 中国 [鳥取 島根 岡山 広島 山口 ]
Western Japan 西日本 Nishi Nihon

. HIROSHIMA .

. OKAYAMA .  

. SHIMANE .

. TOTTORI .

. YAMAGUCHI .


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SHIKOKU 四国 [ 徳島 香川 愛媛 高知 ]

. EHIME - Matsuyama.

. KAGAWA - Takamatsu .   

. KOCHI (Koochi, Tosa) .   

. TOKUSHIMA - AWA .   


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KYUSHU Kyuushuu 九州
[ 福岡 佐賀 長崎 熊本 大分 宮崎 鹿児島 ]


. FUKUOKA - Hakata - Kita-Kyushu .

. KAGOSHIMA (Satsuma, Kirishima) .

. KUMAMOTO .  

. MIYAZAKI, MIYASAKI .

. NAGASAKI .

. OITA .

. SAGA .


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. OKINAWA 沖縄 . Ryukyu 琉球 .


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. WKD : Japanese Festivals 12 Months .



External LINKS

Festivals and Events
source : outdoorj.japan-adventures.com



Festivals, Holidays, Events and Activities
facts and details
source : factsanddetails.com




A CALENDAR OF JAPANESE FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
source : www.shop-japan.co.jp



Regional Cultural Assets Portal - Bunka Shisan
Japan Foundation for Regional Art-Activities

A LONG list of 358 festivals with many details

source : bunkashisan.ne.jp/search
There is also a Japanese side.

日本の曳山祭り
source : hikiyama.html


お祭り漫歩
source : iron.cocolog-nifty.com/matsuri


Girei Bunka Gakkai 儀礼文化学会
Society for Ritual Culture
source : http://www.girei.jp/index.htm


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12/24/2011

Yamaguchi prefecture

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Yamaguchi Prefecture - 山口県

prefecture of Japan in the Chūgoku region on Honshū island.
The capital is the city of Yamaguchi, in the center of the prefecture.
The largest city, however, is Shimonoseki.
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. Fugu Kuyoo 河豚供養 Memorial Service for Pufferfish .
Shimonoseki


. 柳井金魚ちょうちん祭り Yanai Goldfish Festival .
August 13


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Yamagata Prefecture

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Yamagata Prefecture - 山形県

located in the Tōhoku region on Honshu island.
Its capital is Yamagata.
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. WKD : Yamagata Festivals - main INFO .



source : yamagata6.blog

Shinjo Matsuri 新庄まつり Shinjo Festival

Held since 1755, the festival was established by the local Daimyō (feudal lord) to lift the spirits of the common people after a particularly bad harvest. The current incarnation of the festival includes traditional dancing, a reinactment of the first "Daimyō Parade", traditional festival vending stalls, and the Yattai Parade.
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Yamagata Summer Festivals
Hanagasa Festival (August 5 - 7)
Onogawa hot spring firefly festival (June 18 to July 31)
Sakata Fireworks (August 6)
Shinjo Festival (August 24 - 26)
source : www.tohokumatsuri.jp


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Yamanashi prefecture

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Yamanashi Prefecture - 山梨県

located in the Chūbu region of the island of Honshu.
The capital is the city of Kōfu, Kofu.

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Kooshu, Koshu 甲州

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Grape Festival


Paul Rusch Festival
cosmopolitan harvest festival, Kiyosato highlands
mid-October



. Takeda Shingen 武田信玄 .
Shingen-ko Festival, early April


Yoshida Fire Festival


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source : www.yamanashi-kankou.jp


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12/23/2011

Wakayama prefecture

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Wakayama Prefecture - 和歌山県

located on the Kii Peninsula in the Kansai region on Honshū island.
The capital is the city of Wakayama.
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. Koya San 高野山 and Kukai Kobo Daishi 空海弘法大師 .
Okunoin Mandokuyo-e Ritual (Candle Festival)


Maguro Tuna Festival
with “kabuto-yaki”
last Saturday in January, Katsuura 勝浦


Mifune Festival
Kumano Hayatama Taisha Shrine


Nachi Fire Festival- Oto Festival
Kamikura Shrine


Shirahama Fireworks Display

Yata Fire Festival


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12/20/2011

Tokyo metropolis

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Tokyo Metropolis - 東京都

one of the 47 prefectures of Japan. Tokyo is the capital of Japan, the center of the Greater Tokyo Area, and the largest metropolitan area of Japan.

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. Gojoo tenjin mairi 五条天神参 (ごじょうてんじんまいり)
visiting Gojo-Tenjin, Ueno .



. Meguro Sanma Matsuri 目黒さんま祭り Sanma (saury fish) festival in Meguro .


. sumomo matsuri すもも祭 (すももまつり)
Sumomo plum festival .

Fuchu, 大国魂神社 Okunitama Jinja



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. Tokyo literary festival .
Spring 2013
- and "Read Japan"
David Karashima


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Go Tokyo 2013

January
The New Year's Fire Review(Dezome-shiki) (1.6)
Tondo-yaki (1.8)
Manaita Biraki (First Cutting Board Ceremony) (1.12)
Daikoku Matsuri (1.14 - 1.15)
Usokae Shinji (Bullfinch exchange) Ritual (1.24 - 1.25)
Izu Oshima Tsubaki Matsuri (Camellia) Festival (1.27 - 3.24)
Hatsu Fudo (Daruma Doll Fair) (1.28)
Hatsumode (2013.1.1)

Feburary
Ukera Shinto Ritual (2.3)
Bunkyo Ume Matsuri (Plum Festival) (Early-2 - Early-3)
Kite Market (Early-2 - Mid-2)
Yoshino Baigo Plum Festival (Late-2 - Late-3)
Setagaya Ume Matsuri (Plum Festival) (2013.2.9 - 2013.3.3)
Tokyo Marathon 2013 (2013.2.24)

source : www.gotokyo.org


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Japanese festivals and fairs in and around Tokyo

The Japanese festival information was compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization.
source : www.japantimes.co.jp


Asakusa Event Calender

source : www.asakusa-umai.ne.jp


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Tottori Prefecture

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Tottori Prefecture - 鳥取県

located in the Chūgoku region.
The capital is the city of Tottori.
It is the least populous prefecture in Japan.
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Chizu Town Snow Festival 智頭宿雪まつり
Febryary
Chizu was a busy town when the Ikeda clan ruled in Tottori.
At night, snow lanterns are lit all across the town.


Ebi Ju-Nana-Ya 江尾十七夜
August 17, Kofu town
“Ebi Godaiji Dance” is performed by locals dressed in straw hats and yukata dancing to the sound of drums.


Inaba Tug of War 因幡の菖蒲綱引き
June
performed as a prayer for good harvests. The Inaba Tug of War is a seasonal festival
that is celebrated in Iwami Town, Ketaka Town, and Aoya Town.



Mitoku San Fire Ritual 炎の祭典
. Mitoku San, Temple Sanbutsu-Ji .
October



Sakenotsu Tondoo 酒津のトンドウ
January, Kaketa town
A cone-shaped hut called a Yakishiro is wrapped several times over with good luck charms made of braided rope (Shimekazari). Naked boys circle around the Yakishiro against the cold winter while wind flailing seaweed soaked in seawater and letting out gallant cries.
The boys make three rounds around the Yakishiro as a purification ritual.



. Shanshan odori しゃんしゃん踊り shanshan dance .
Tottori, during O-Bon

- source : ameblo.jp/a-late-bloome
People shout "Sore shan shan" as they walk through the streets of Tottori town on the evening of August 16. They carry long-armed umbrellas with over 100 bells and gold and silver paper leaflets strung from them. This is the famous Shan Shan Umbrella Dance.
This festival was begun around the end of the Edo period to pray for rain during a drought. This dance was then called the Umbrella Dance of Inaba.


Ube Shrine Annual Festival 宇倍神社例大祭

April 21
With a shishi-mai -Lion dance - and the Daimyo parade.



Waterside Festival, Togo town 水郷祭
Summer, fireworks
The festival also features the Ronin Dance 浪人踊り, which is has been designated by the prefecture as an intangible cultural asset.


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An introduction to traditional festivals held within Tottori Prefecture.
source : www.pref.tottori.lg.jp


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Tokushima prefecture Awa

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Tokushima Prefecture - 徳島県

located on Shikoku island.
The capital is the city of Tokushima.

Former Awa no Kuni province 阿波国
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Iya Valley


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. Awa Odori 阿波踊り Dance for O-Bon .



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Tochigi prefecture

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Tochigi Prefecture - 栃木県

located in the Kantō region on the island of Honshu, Japan.
The capital is the city of Utsunomiya.

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former Shimotsuke Province 下野の国


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Nikkō National Park is famous for its UNESCO World Heritage Site.


. Nikkoo Kaidoo 日光街道 Nikko Kaido Road .

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. 二荒山神社 Futarasan Shrine Festivals .
Matsuo Basho in Nikko


Moka City Summer Festival 真岡市


. Nikko Gohanshiki (Nikkoo Goohan-Shiki 日光強飯式 ) .
Rinnoo-JI Goohanshiki 輪王寺強飯式(りんのうじごうはんしき)
Nikkoozeme 日光責(にっこうぜめ)
. tengu no goohan 天狗の強飯(てんぐのごうはん)large rice portion of the tengu goblin  
Eating large portions of rice


. Nikko Toshogu Festivals 日光東照宮 .


Tochigi Aki Matsuri Autumn festival

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Toyama Prefecture

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Toyama Prefecture - 富山県

Toyama Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Hokuriku region on Honshū island.The capital is the city of Toyama.

Toyama is the leading industrial prefecture on the Japan Sea coast, and has the industrial advantage of cheap electricity due to abundant water resources.
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. Festivals of Nanto Town 富山 南砺市 .


. Festivals of Takaoka Town 高岡 .



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12/19/2011

Shimane Prefecture

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Shimane Prefecture - 島根県

located in the Chūgoku region on Honshū island.
The capital is Matsue. It is the second least populous prefecture in Japan, after its eastern neighbor Tottori. The prefecture has an area elongated from east to west facing the Chūgoku Mountain Range on the south side and to the Sea of Japan on the north side. It is divided into the Izumo Region in the East, the Iwami Region in the West and the Oki Region, a small group of islands off the northern coast. Most of the cities are near the shoreline of the Sea of Japan.
Izumo Taisha in Izumo City is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan.

The Oki Islands in the Sea of Japan are also part of Shimane Prefecture, which also claims to have jurisdiction over the South Korea-controlled island of Liancourt Rocks (Takeshima).
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. Izumo taisha 出雲大社 Izumo Grand Shrine .


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Kumano Taisha 熊野大社 Kumano Shrine
Matsue
島根県松江市八雲町熊野2451
Izumo-no-kuni Ichi-no-miya Kumano Taisha

Since ancient times, Kumano Taisha Shrine has been known as Izumo-no-kuni Ichi-no-miya, which translates as the highest-ranking shrine in the Izumo region. It is located in a mountainous area approximately 15km south of central Matsue, from where it can be reached in 30 minutes by car. The vermillion Yakumo-bashi Bridge stretches over the clear waters of Iu River in front of the shrine, and there is a water basin where you can purify your body and mind before ascending the stone steps. The main hall in front of you in the middle of the grounds enshrines 'Kaburogi-kumano-no-okami-kushimikenu-no-mikoto', which is the honorific name for the God Susano-o-no-mikoto.


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On the right side is Inada Shrine which is dedicated to Princess Inada-hime, whom Susano-o-no-mikoto saved from the 8-headed dragon Yamato-no-orochi and married according to Japanese mythology. On the left is Izanami Shrine dedicated to the Goddess Izanami, who was the mother of Susano and Goddess of creation. Kou Shrine and Inari Shrine also stand in the grounds along with other structures, such as Zuijin-mon Gate, Sanka-den Hall, the spiritual dance hall Mai-den and a resting place 'Kansui-tei'. The Sanka-den Hall is a unique structure with a thatched roof. All four walls are covered in cypress bark and it is surrounded on all sides by a veranda made from bamboo. Inside are two old-fashioned fire-kindling tools called hikiriusu and hikirikine. It is an important building used in the annual Sanka-sai Fire Festival and the inauguration ceremony of the Chief Priest of Izumo Taisha. Up to the modern day, the God of Kumano Taisha Shrine has been bringing the creative and harmonizing forces of prosperity and happiness into peoples' lives.

History
Kumano Taisha Shrine dates back to ancient times and was first recorded in the Nihon Shoki (720 AD) in the Empress Saimei chronicle (659 AD). In the ancient chronicles Izumo no kuni fudoki (733 AD) it is written that the shrine was located on Mt. Kumano (present day Mt. Tengu). The shrine appears as Kumano Nimasu Shrine in the Engishiki Jinmyo-cho Notebook (927 AD) and was also called Hinomoto-hidezome Shrine. Since ancient times, along with Izumo Taisha Shrine it has been revered as a grand shrine of the Land of Izumo. It was also deeply revered by the ancient imperial court, and rose from 3rd rank in 851 AD to 2nd rank in 867 AD.

In the middle ages the shrine was transferred from Mt. Kumano to the foot of the mountain. The shrine was divided into the upper shrine and lower shrine, and until the end of the Edo period the upper shrine was known as Kumano Sansha Gongen and the lower shrine was called Isemiya. It was worshipped at by ordinary people as a shrine for industrial promotion, good fortune and warding off evil. It was designated as a middle ranked shrine in 1871, and then as a top rank Grand National Shrine in 1916. However, its title was reduced from Taisha, meaning grand shrine, to Jinja (a normal shrine) in the shrine system reform of the Meiji Period. It was finally reinstated as a Taisha in 1978. In the sengu shrine rebuilding ceremony of the same year the buildings within the shrine grounds were reformed, and the Sukei-kai, an organization of local parishoners and believers across the country, was formed. Kumano Taisha Shrine has a deep connection with Izumo Taisha Shrine and Izumo Taisha's festival begins with receiving the holy fire (the spirit of Kumano Taisha's God) and the fire-kindling tools of Kumano Taisha. These implements are also used in the inauguration ceremony at Izumo Taisha and are presented every year at Kumano Taisha's Sankasai Fire Festival.

Prayer
saki mitama kushi mitama mamori tamai sakihai tamae.

- - - - - Main Rituals and Festivals
Hatsumode First Prayers of the New Year Jan 1st - 3rd
Setsubun Spring Festival, Feb 3rd, from 11:00 am
1st Day of Spring Risshun-risshi Festival, End of March
Migushi-sai Comb Offering Festival April 13th, from 10:00 am
Chojyu-sai Longevity Ritual, April 29th, from 11:00 am
Motomiya-sai (Climb to the original shrine), 4th Sunday in May
Summer Purification Oharae/Nagoshi Ritual, June 30th, from 4:00pm
Reitai-sai Grand Festival, October 14th, from 10:00 am
Sankasai Fire Festival, October 15th, from 10:00 am
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Kumano Taisha was the most important shrine in Izumo for centuries before Izumo Taisha supplanted it in the late Heian Period. Empress Saimei ordered the shrine built in the mid 7th Century. Before that the shrine was the mountain behind it.

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Matsue "Dan Dan" Food Festival
6th January~18th March
Winter foods such as Matsuba Crabs which represent seafood of the Japan Sea, the seven delicacies of Lake Shinji, which are abound in Lake Shinji, and Shimane beef, which is highly valued nationwide, are all considered culinary treasures in Matsue.


The Matsue City Warrior Parade (Musha Gyouretsu)
Date & Time: 7th April
With the leading characters of Yoshiharu Horio, the man who laid the foundations of the city, his son Tadaushi and his grandson Tadaharu, 300 citizens of Matsue will bring to life an array of characters from the early 16th century. All participants will don period costumes and march through the city; the princesses, ladies and ladies-in-waiting looking beautiful, the armoured warriors looking heroic, and the court nobles carrying an air of refinement.


Suigo-sai Festival - 5th and 6th August
the summer festival which best represents the "water city", Matsue.




Matsue `Suitouro` Suitoro
(The illumination of Matsue Castle`s surrounding waterways and environs)
16th September- 15th October
Matsue Suitouro is a festival of water and light, that offers you the opportunity to enjoy the magical view of lantern-lit waterways around Matsue Castle and adjacent to Shiomi Nawate Avenue.


Matsue Do-gyoretsu - Drum Parade Festival
14th and 15th October
he "do"drums,each have a diameter of two meters,are placed on large floats and are pulled by children. The drums are accompanied by flutes,and the sound of this energetic procession echoes through the city.

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Festivals in Iwami region, Shimane
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The Kojiki
Yomotsu Hirasaka
Yamata no Orochi
Tales of Okuninushi
Kunibiki
Sake
The Roots of Kabuki
Izumo Taisha
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Shiga Prefecture - 滋賀県

A prefecture of Japan, which forms part of the Kansai region on Honshu Island.
The capital is the city of Otsu.
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. Enryaku-Ji mishiho 延暦寺御修法
Mishiho ritual at temple Enryaku-Ji .



. Karasaki matsuri 唐崎祭(からさきまつり)Karasaki festival .
Karasaki Jinja 唐崎神社



. Sagichoo matsuri 左義長まつり Sagicho festival .
Omi Hachiman 近江八幡


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Holidays and Festivals
Hadaka Matsuri at Hotojuki Yakushido
Fire Festival at Kurabe Shrine
Hiwatari Shinji at Sugahara Jinja
Tamura Jinja Festival
Hodensai at Himure Jinja
Mikabe Matsuri at Mikabe Jinja
Sannosai Festival at Hiyoshi Shrine
Shinoda No Hi Matsuri at Shinoda Jinja
Shichikawa Matsuri at Oarahiko Jinja
Sushi Kiri Matsuri at Shimoniikawa Jinja
Firefly Festival
Mantoshi at Tamura Jinja
Festival at Shirakawa Jinja
Daimonji Festival
Jizo Festival at Joshinji Temple
Imokurabe Matsuri
Minarukane Taisai at Mudoji
Dengaku Odori at Hiyoshi Jinja
Ryusei at Yakushido
Omiya Go Mori at Aburahi Jinja
Taiko Odori at Hikumo Jinja
Harvest Moon viewing at Ishiyama and Murasaki Shikibu Matsuri
Shusse Matsuri and Kimono Festival
Nogami Matsuri at Nogami Jinja
Otsu Matsuri at Tenson Jinja
Hikiyama Matsuri at Utani Jinja
Zuiki Matsuri at Mikami Jinja
Hikone-jo Oshiro Castle Matsuri
Maple Festival at Saimyoji
Hokenko Shuki Taisai at Taga Taisha
Ohitaki Taisai at Tarobu-gu
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Saga Prefecture - 佐賀県

in the northwest part of the island of Kyushu, Japan. It touches both the Sea of Japan and the Ariake Sea.
The capital is the city of Saga.

Part of former Hizen Province.
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. Aritayaki 有田焼 Arita Pottery .
Arita Ceramic Fair
in Spring and Autumn


Imari Ton-Ten-Ton Festival 伊万里トンテントン
held for 3 days every year near the end of October. Located in Imari City, the festival is one of the three great fighting festivals in Japan. In the festival a crashing battle takes place between the two huge portable shrines, the Ara-mikoshi and the Danjiri.
The name "Ton-Ten-Ton" represents the sound of drums used in the festival.


. Karatsu Kunchi 唐津くんち .
Karatsu Okunchi 唐津おくんち
The ninth daya of the ninth lunar month.


Kashima Gatalympics
held on mud flats around the end of May every year.
This sports festival is held at the tidal flats of the Ariake Sea, which has the biggest tidal range in Japan.
Participants compete at unique games, becoming muddy all over. Hilarious experiences of playing with mud on tidal flats have become popular, and it has grown into one of the most famous events of Saga Prefecture, participated by foreign students and invited athletes.



Saga Castle Town Doll Festival
Dolls dressed in traditional hand woven Saganishiki textiles are full of grace and gorgeousness. The dolls are displayed at historical buildings of Edo, Meiji, Taisho and Showa eras, such as, the Saga City Cultural Museum and Chokokan.




Saga International Balloon Fiesta
beginning of November
just outside of Saga City along the Kase River.



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Saitama Prefecture - 埼玉県

located in the Kantō region of the island of Honshu.
The capital is the city of Saitama.

part of the old Musashi Province 武蔵の国
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. Chichibu Night Festival (Chichibu Yomatsuri 秩父夜祭) .

Kawagoe Festival
. Kawagoe Daruma Market 川越だるま .


Kita-Urawa Awa-Odori Dance Festival

Kumagaya Summer Festival

Sakado Yosakoi


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Shizuoka Prefecture

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Shizuoka Prefecture - 静岡県

located in the Chūbu region of Honshu.
The capital is the city of Shizuoka.
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. Bishamonten Festival 毘沙門天大祭 .
and Daruma market, Fuji


. Hamamatsu tako matsuri 浜松凧祭り Kite Festival in Hamamatsu .


. Mishima Shrine Festivals .
Mishima Taisha 三島大社

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7.1 Akiha Fire Festival
Haruno, Tenryu-ku: December
Ever since long ago, Mount Akiha was believed to have supernatural powers to prevent fires. Bow and arrow, sword, and fire dances are performed at the Akiha Shrine. At the Akiha Temple, a firewalking ceremony is performed where both believers and spectators celebrate the festival.

7.2 Enshu Dainenbutsu
Saigagake Museum, Hamamatsu City: July 15
When a family commemorates the first Obon holidays after the death of a loved one, they may request that a dainenbutsu (Buddhist chanting ritual) be performed outside their house. This is one of the local performing arts of the region. The group always forms a procession in front of the house led by a person carrying a lantern and marches to the sound of flutes, Japanese drums and cymbals.

7.4 Hamakita Hiryu Festival in June
This festival is held in honor of Ryujin, the god of the Tenryū River, and features a wide variety of events such as the Hamakita takoage (kite flying) event and the Hiryu himatsuri (flying dragon fire festival) which celebrates water, sound, and flame.

7.5 Hamamatsu International Piano Competition

7.6 Hamakita Manyo Festival
Hamakita-ku, Hamamatsu: October
This event takes place in Manyo-no-Mori Park to commemorate the Manyo Period and introduce its culture. As part of the festival, people reenact the ancient past by wearing traditional clothes from the Heian period and presenting Japanese poetry readings.

7.7 Inasa Puppet Festival
Inasa, Kita-ku: November
One of the few puppet festivals held in Japan, featuring 60 performances of about 30 plays by puppet masters from all over the country. The shows provide a full day of enjoyment for both children and adults.

7.8 Princess Road Festival (Hime Kaido 姫街道)
Hosoe, Kita-ku: April
This reenactment of a procession made by the princess in her palanquin along with her entourage of over 100 people including maids, samurai, and servants makes for a splendid scene beneath the cherry blossoms along the Toda River. In the Edo period, princesses enjoyed traveling this road which came to be known as a hime kaidō (princess road).

7.9 Samba Festival

7.10 Shoryu Weeping Ume Blossom Festival
Inasa, Kita-ku: late February to late March
In Ryusui Garden there is a stream with seven small waterfalls and about 80 weeping ume trees pruned to give the appearance of dragons riding on clouds to the heavens. There are also 200 young trees planted along the mountainside.

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January
Hyondori-mai Dance Festival(early January / at Igawa)

February
Kuno-zan Tosho-gu Spring Big Festival (17th)
Nanakusa Festival (at Fukuden-ji Temple in Hinata)

April
Shizuoka Festival (early April)

May
Aoi Festival (early May / at Wakeikazuchi-jinja Shrine)

June
Wakuguri (30th / at various shrines)

July
Kiyomizu Festival (9th / Kiyomizu-dera Temple)
Mando Mitama Festival (mid July / Gokoku Jinja Shrine)
Tokei-in Kaisan-Ki (19th - 20th)
. Abe-kawa River Fireworks Festival 安倍川花火大会 .

August
Utougi Bon Festival Dance(14th - 15th)

October
Toro Festival (early October)

November
Street Performance World Cup (early November)

December
Mikan Harvest Event (from the mandarin orange tree manually planted by Ieyasu) (middle December / at Sunpu Park)
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Okinawa Ryukyu Islands

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Okinawa Prefecture - 沖縄県

Okinawan: Uchinaa-ken
is a prefecture located in southern Japan.
It consists of hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) long, which extends southwest from Kyūshū (the southwesternmost of Japan's main four islands) to Taiwan. Okinawa's capital, Naha, is located in the southern part of Okinawa Island.
The disputed Senkaku Islands are administered as part of Okinawa Prefecture.
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Iriomote Island 西表島 

Akamata at Komi
Densaa Festival at Uehara
Painushima Festival

Shichi
This is a typical traditional festival in Iriomote, being grandly held at Sonai and Hoshitate Villages. It has a history for more than 500 years, being made at about the beginning of October in the old calendar every year. Since the festivals of Sonai and Hoshitate are carried out at the same time of the same day, we cannot observe the both ones. Events of the festival are made for three days, an event called "yuukui" on the second day is worth seeing because the events of "hatagashira-tate (monument displaying)", "funi-kugi (boat rowing)", "bojutsu (art of fighting with a cudgel)" an
d miruku parade are carried out continuously. The miruku appeared here which has an humorous appearance is the god of harvest and the symbol of happiness in Okinawa.


Miruku - Miroku Bosatsu 弥勒菩薩
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Mabuni the Festival of Fire & Gongs
Naha Ha-ri- (Naha City) boat race
Naha Festival (Naha City)
Okinawa Eisa Festival (Okinawa City)
Shi-mi- Festival
Shuri Castle Festival & Culture Festival
Yonabaru Festival
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Osaka prefecture

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Osaka Prefecture - 大阪府 Osaka Fu

a prefecture located in the Kansai region on Honshu, the main island of Japan.
The capital is the city of Osaka.
It is the center of Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto area.

Temples and Shrines
Shitennō-ji
Kanshin-ji
Sumiyoshi Taisha

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. Konda Hachimanguu 誉田八幡宮 / 譽田八幡宮 Konda Hachiman . Habikino, Osaka


. Tenmangu Festivals 天満宮 大阪 .


. Yasoshima Matsuri 八十島祭 Festival of the Eighy Islands .
Ikutama Jinja 生玉神社 shrine Ikutama

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Doya! Doya! Festival (Jan. 14th)
Toka Ebisu Festival (Jan. 9th~ 11th)
Aizen Festival (Jun. 30th~ Jul 2nd)
Tenjin Festival (Jul. 24th "Rikutogyo" land procession,
Jul. 25th "Funatogyo" boat procession)
Sumiyoshi Festival (Jul.30th~ Aug.1st)
Midosuji Kappo (Mid October)
Shitennoji "Wasso!" Festival (Early November)
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