Festivals in Japan for Learning Japanese

Nihon no Matsuri - 2

Gujo Odori(Gujo Dance Festival)

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

8-gatsu chuujun(middle of August)

Gujo Matsuri Gujo Matsuri Gujo Matsuri Gujo Matsuri

There are many types of Bon-odori (Bon dance) in Japan ... Gujo-odori is a kind of such Bon-odori (Bon dance) and the most largest one in Japan ... Link

Aoi Matsuri(Hollyhock Leaf Crest Festival)

Kyoto(in Kyoto)

5-gatsu chuujun(middle of May)

Aoi Matsuri Aoi Matsuri Aoi Matsuri

This is the annual festival of Shimogamo - jinja Shrine and Kamigamo - jinja Shrine. Its actual name is Kamo Festival. Along with the Gion Festival and the Jidai Matsuri (Festival of Ages), it is one of the three big festivals in Kyoto...Link

Gion Matsuri(Gion Festival)

Kyosho, Gion(Gion in Kyoto)

7-gastu 17-nichi(17th. of July)

Gion Matsuri Gion Matsuri Gion Matsuri Gion Matsuri

This festival originated during the outbreak of a pestilence in 869, when the people prayed to the deity of Gion - jinja Shrine, Susano-onomikoto, to rid the land of the pestilence. The festival lasts for about one month. The highlight is ... Link

Gozan Okuribi - Daimonji Yaki(Daimonji Gozan Fire Festival)

Kyoto(in Kyoto)

8-gatsu 16-nichi(16th. of August)

Daimonji Yaki Daimonji Yaki Daimonji Yaki Daimonji Yaki

Daimonji on the Nyoigatake peak in Higashiyama, "Myoho" at Matsugasaki Nishiyama Higashiyama, "Funagata" at Nishigamo Funayama, Hidari Damonji at Daihokusan near Kinkaku - ji Temple... Link

Jidai Matsuri(Festival of the Ages)

Kyoto(in Kyoto)

10-gatsu 22-nichi(22nd. of October)

Jidai Matsuri Jidai Matsuri Jidai Matsuri Jidai Matsuri

This is the annual festival of Heian - jinja Shrine. This event was started in 1895 in celebration of the 1,100th year since the capital had been transferred to Heian-kyo, ... Link

Todaiji - Omizutori(Omizutori)

Nara Todaiji(Todaiji temple in Nara prefecture)

3-gatsu(March)

Omizutori Omizutori Omizutori Omizutori

A festival held at Todai-ji which is well-known as great Buddha temple. Omizutori is the common name of the ceremony, but the official name is "Shunie". Although "Omizu (water)" is in the name, it is actually a fire festival.Link

Nachi no Himatsuri(Fire Festival of Nachi)

Wakayama-ken, Kumano Taisha(Kumano shrine in Wakayama prefecture)

7-gatsu 14-ka(14th. of July)

Nachi no Himatsuri Nachi no Himatsuri Nachi no Himatsuri Nachi no Himatsuri

Periodical big festival held at Kumano Nachi Grand Shrine, whose Ougi festival is known as "Fire Festival of Nachi". 10m length of 12 elongated ougi sacred palanquins are flamboyant, shining with gold color... Link

Danjiri Matsuri(Danjiri Float Festival)

Osaka-fu, Kishiwada-shi(Kishiwada city in Osaka)

9-gatsu to 10-gatsu(September and October)

Danjiri Matsuri Danjiri Matsuri Danjiri Matsuri Danjiri Matsuri

The Danjiri Matsuri, (float festival) is said to have its origin in the "Inari Matsuri" held in the 16th year of the Genroku era(1703). Created by the Lord of Kishiwada Castle to pray for an abundant harvest ... Link

Tenjin Matsuri(Tenjin Festival)

Osaka-fu, Osaka-shi(Osaka city in Osaka)

7-gatsu gejun(late in July)

Tenjin Matsuri Tenjin Matsuri Tenjin Matsuri

Tenjin Festival has a thousand-year history,... Link (in Japanese)

Nada no Kenka Matsuri(Nada Kenka Festival)

Hyogo-ken, Himeji-shi(Himeji city in Hyogo prefecture)

10-gatsu chuujun(middle of October)

Kenka Matsuri Kenka Matsuri Kenka Matsuri Kenka Matsuri

The "Nada Kenka Matsuri" of the Matsubara Hachiman Shrine is known nationwide for its magnificence and the heroic performance of portable-shrine bearers... Link

Awa Odori(Awa Dance Festival)

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

8-gatsu chuujun(middle of August)

Awa Odori Awa Odori Awa Odori Awa Odori

Awa Odori is the largest dance festival in Japan, attracting over 1.3 million tourists every year ... Link

Hakata Gion Yamakasa(Yamakasa Float Festival)

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

7-gastu chuujun(middle of July)

Hakata Yamakasa Hakata Yamakasa Hakata Yamakasa

There are many Gion festivals in Japan ... Hakata Gion Yamakasa participants carry the wheel-free Yamakasa float on their shoulders to dedicate to the Kushida Shrine, and therefore, Hakata Gion Yamakasa can be considered a unique Gion festival. Link

Nagasaki Kunchi(Nagasaki Kunchi Festival)

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

10-gatsu Nanoka - Tooka(7th. to 10th. of October)

Nagasaki Kunchi Nagasaki Kunchi Nagasaki Kunchi

Nagasaki Kunchi is a festival with a rich international flavor which shows the unique blend of cultures between Japan and overseas countries, especially China....Link

Yamaga Toro matsuri(Toro Lantern Festival)

Kumamoto-ken, Yamaga-shi(Yamaga city in Kumamoto prefecture)

8-gatsu chuujun(middle of August)

Yamaga Toro Matsuri Yamaga Toro Matsuri Yamaga Toro Matsuri

Thousands of Toro (Japanese traditional lantern) and Toro Dance in which one thousand women in Yukata ...Link (in Japanese)

Naha Haarii(Dragon-Boat Race)

Okinawa-ken, Naha-shi(Naha city in Okinawa prefecture)

5-gatsu 3, 4, 5(3rd, 4th., 5th. in May)

Naha Haarii Naha Haarii Naha Haarii Naha Haarii

The Haarii is a dragon-boat race transmitted from China over 500 years ago. This is even older than the Pe-long of Nagasaki. The race is held all over Okinawa as a ritual for the safety of fishing and the good catch...Link

Ootsuna Hiki(Tug of War Festival)

Okinawa-ken, Naha-shi(Naha city in Okinawa prefecture)

10-gatsu chuujun(Middle of October)

Naha Ootsunahiki Naha Ootsunahiki Naha Ootsunahiki

This magnificent event has a long tradition as a congratulatory event since the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Its rope was recognized as the largest rope using natural materials in 1995... Link

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