Festivals in Japan for Learning Japanese

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There are traditional festivals and new festivals in Japan.

Sapporo Yuki Matsuri(Sapporo Snow Festival)

Hokkaidoo, Sapporo(Sapporo city in Hokkaidoo)

2-gatsu joojun(early in February)

YukiMatsuri YukiMatsuri YukiMatsuri

The Sapporo Snow Festival, one of Japan's largest winter events, attracts a growing number of visitors from Japan and abroad every year. Every winter, about two million people come to Sapporo to see the hundreds of beautiful snow statues ...Link

Aomori Nebuta Matsuri(Aomori Nebuta Festival)

Aomori-ken, Aomori-shi(Aomori city in Aomori prefecture)

8-gatsu joojun(early in August)

Aomori Nebuta Aomori Nebuta Aomori Nebuta

There are many theories about the origin of the Nebuta Festival. One is that it originated with the subjugation of rebels in the Aomori district by "General TAMURAMARO" in the early 800's. He had his army create large creatures, called "Nebuta", to frighten the enemy.... Link

Akita Kantoo Matsuri(Akita Kanto Festival)

Akita-ken, Akita-shi(Akita cuty in Akita prefecture)

8-gatsu joojun(early in August)

Kanto Kanto Kanto

For a moment everything stands still and then, with the signal of echoing sound of the bamboo flutes 230 Kanto poles are risen at the same time.
The Festival has begun. In the swirl of cheering shouts, musical accompaniment, spectators' shouts of admiration... Link

Sendai Tanabata Matsuri(Sendai Star Festival)

Miyagi-ken, Sendai-shi(Sendai city in Miyagi prefecture)

8-gatsu joojun(early in August)

Tanabata Tanabata Tanabata

Tanabata festivals are held throughout the country in Japan. The one held in Sendai is especially famous ... Link (in Japanese)

Hanagasa Matsuri(Flower Hat Dance Festival)

Yamagata-ken, Yamagata-shi(Yamagata city in Yamagata prefecture)

8-gatsu joojun(early in August)

Hanagasa Hanagasa Hanagasa

Every evening over the three day span about 3,000 dancers gather to parade down Yamagata's main street. Dancers hold hats decorated with artificial safflowers, the official prefectural flower ...Link

Sooma Nomaoi(Samuirai Festival in Soma)

Fukushima-ken, Sooma-shi(Soma city in Fukushima prefecture)

7-gatsu gejun(late in July)

SoomaNomaoi SoomaNomaoi SoomaNomaoi

Traditional Samurai festival with over 1,000 years of history Link

Akita Namahage(Namahage Festival)

Akita-ken, Oga hantoo(Oga peninsula in Akita prefecture)

12-gatsu 31-nichi(31th. of December)

Namahage Namahage Namahage Namahage

A unique event observed from ancient times in the Oga area in Akita... Link

Chichibu Yomatsuri(Chichibu nocturnal fete)

Saitama-ken, Chichibu-shi(Chichibu city in Saitama prefecture)

12-gatsu futsuka, mikka(2nd,, 3rd. in December)

Chichibu Yomatsuri Chichibu Yomatsuri Chichibu Yomatsuri

Of a large ornamental parasol for a festival, the stand which is gorgeous as for the annual festival of Chichibu Shinto shrine known as "Chichibu nocturnal fete ...Link

Sanja Matsuri(Sanja Festival)

Tokyo, Asakusa(Asakusa in Tokyo)

5-gatsu chuujun(middle of May)

Sanja Matsuri Sanja Matsuri Sanja Matsuri Sanja Matsuri

Sanja Matsuri, which is one of the Three Great Festivals of EDO (now Tokyo), is held on the third Saturday and Sunday every May at Asakusa Shirne (previously called "SANJA Daigongen Shrine" ). Although the festival seems to date from older times .... Link

Kanda Matsuri(Kanda Festival)

Tokyo, Kanda(kanda in Tokyo)

5-gatsu joojun(early in May)

Kanda Matsuri Kanda Matsuri Kanda Matsuri

Kanda Matsuri is one of most famous festival in Tokyo. It is one of the three biggest festival in Japan. This festival was permitted to enter the Edo Castle (the Imperal Palace) ... Link

Oeshiki(Oeshiki)

Tokyo, Toshima-ku, Zooshigaya(Zoshigaya, Toshima-ku in Tokyo)

10-gatsu chuujun(middle of October)

Oeshiki Oeshiki Oeshiki

Oeshiki is the mass for the dead event of the Buddhistic Nichiren sect. Even a youth and an old man participate exceeding a generation from a child. That is because there is a thing which makes it rouse people's mind and it is connected with soul. Link

Yabusame(horseback archery)

Kanagawa-ken, Kamakura-shi(Kamakura city in Kanagawa prefecture)

4-gatsu to 9-gatsu(April and September)

Yabusame Yabusame Yabusame Yabusame

Yabusame is Japanese horseback archery of Samurai. Although Yabusame are held in several place in Japan, Tsuruoka Hachiman shrine in Kamakura is famous .. Link

Hamaorisai(Hamaorisai)

Kanagawa-ken, Chigasaki-shi(Chigasaki city in Kanagawa prefecture)

7-gatsu chuujun(middle of July)

Hamaorisai Hamaorisai Hamaorisai

Over 40 portable shrines get together at Chigasaki beach and go into water ... Link

Kitsune no Yomatsuri(Fox Night Festival)

Niigata-ken, Kashiwagaki-shi(Kashiwazaki city in Niigata prefecture)

10-gatsu chuujun(middle of October)

Kitsune Yomatsuri Kitsune Yomatsuri Kitsune Yomatsuri Kitsune Yomatsuri

The fox masks that float in the moonless night make this a magical festival. Link

Muko Nage(Toss up newly-married men Festival)

Niigata-ken, Tookamachi-shi(Tokamachi city in Niigata prefecture)

1-gatsu 15-nichi(15th. of January)

MukoNage MukoNage MukoNage MukoNage

The village’s recently married young men get tossed 3-5 meters off a cliff into a snow bank. Afterwards, the men paint their heads in charcoal made by burning sacred earth together with snow ... Link

Owara Kaze no Bon(Bon dance Festival)

Tomaya-ken, Toyame-shi(Toyama city in Toyama prefecture)

9-gatsu tsuitachi kara mikka(1st. to 3rd. in September)

OwaraKazenoBon OwaraKazenoBon OwaraKazenoBon OwaraKazenoBon

Owara Kaze no Bon is a nationally known festival which has been held for about three hundred years.... the folkdance has been handed down for a long time and is accompanied by the melody of the "Ecchu Owarabushi." ... Link

Onbashira(Onbashira Festival)

Nagano-ken, Suwa-shi(Suwa city in Nagano prefecture)

6-nen ni ichido 4-gastu to 5-gatsu (April and May, every 6-years)

Onbashira Onbashira Onbashira Onbashira

Onbashira is considered one of Japan's three most unique festivals. During Onbashira,four huge logs,the largest measuring 16m long, 1m wide,and weighing 10 tons, are cut in the mountains and brought by hand to the Shrine ... Link

Yoshida no Himatsuri(Fire Festival)

Yamanashi-ken, FujiYoshida-shi(FujiYoshida city in Yamanashi prefecture)

8-gatsu 26-nichi(26th. of August)

Himatsuri Himatsuri Himatsuri

Yoshida no Himatsuri is held every year on August 26th to appease the goddess of Mt. Fiji and to keep the volcano from erupting ... Link (in Japanese)

Shimoda Taiko matsuri(Taiko Drum Festival)

Shizuoka-ken, Shimoda-shi(Shimoda city in Shizuoka prefecture)

8-gatsu chuujun(middle of August)

Shimoda Taiko Matsuri Shimoda T Shimoda T Shimoda T

Taiko is a traditional Japanese drum. Taiko and Shamisen (Japanese guitar) band teams go through the street in town ...Link (in Japanese)

Takayama Matsuri(Takayama Festival)

Gifu-ken, Takayama-shi(Takayama city in Gifu prefecture)

4-gatsu to 10-gatsu chuujun(middel of April and October)

Takayama Matsuri Takayama Matsuri Takayama Matsuri Takayama Matsuri

The floats with traditional Japanese mechanical dolls parade in town ... Link (in Japanese)

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