A Resplendent Summer Parade, Gion Matsuri Festival!

A Resplendent Summer Parade, Gion Matsuri Festival!

            Overview   The Gion Festival takes place annually in Kyoto and is one of the most famous festivals in Japan. It originated as part of a purification ritual to appease the gods thought to cause fire, floods and earthquakes in 869. Nowadays, it goes for the entire month of July and is crowned by a parade, the Yambuku Junko (山鉾巡行) on July 17 and July 24. There are near one million people come and join enjoying the festival every year, and recently, it has…

A Fascinating Festival of Floats ~ Hakata Gion Yamakasa

A Fascinating Festival of Floats ~ Hakata Gion Yamakasa

          Overview   Hakata Gion Yamagasa is one of the most interesting Japanese festivals, famous for its one ton float-racing. The main event of this festival called Oiyama, a race of 7 floats which has fascinates spectators for more than 700 years. You can also enjoy 14 decorated floats for exhibition in Hakata during the festival.           Event Schedule   From 1st to 15th July of every year If you want to see floats parading in the streets of Hakata, go on…

Kishiwada Danjiri Festival, a race of strength and speed!

Kishiwada Danjiri Festival, a race of strength and speed!

          Overview   Danjiri Festival is a cart-pulling festival held in Japan, especially in the Kinki regions. The terms ‘danjiri’ means a large wooden cart in the shape of shrine or temple. This festival is originally a ritual ceremony held to pray for good harvest. In this festival, vigorous men pull the gorgeous danjiri through the streets in 70 areas in Kishiwada. The most exciting sight is Yarimawashi, when danjiri turns at a corner without reducing its speed. This thrilling and stunning parade is a tradition…

‘Do you wanna build a Snowman?’~ Here, at Sapporo Snow Festival!

‘Do you wanna build a Snowman?’~ Here, at Sapporo Snow Festival!

                Overview   Sapporo Snow Festival is a winter festival, held every year in early February at Otaru City, Hokkaido. It is a one of biggest event that attracts 2.4 million visitors from both within Japan and abroad to Hokkaido. There are three venues which is the highlight of the festival: Odori Venue, Tsudome Venue, and Susukino Venue. There are large skillfully crafted snow sculptures Odori Venue, snow activities at Tsudome Venue, beautifully carved ice sculptures reflecting neon lights at Susukino Venue. Let’s…

Dance! Festival! Aomori Nebuta Matsuri

Dance! Festival! Aomori Nebuta Matsuri

              Overview   Aomori Nebuta Matsuri is a summer festival held in Aomori (青森市, the capital city of Aomori Prefecture). Each year, there are over 3 million people joining the festival. And it is most famous of Nebuta (giant figures on the festival-cars) and Haneto dance. (Dance with special costumes)           Event schedule   From 2nd to 7th in August 19:10〜21:00           How to Purchase the Ticket   Free for watching all the parade and events….

Nada Kenka Matsuri (Fighting Festival), the battle of the strongest!

Nada Kenka Matsuri (Fighting Festival), the battle of the strongest!

            Overview   As the word ‘Kenka’ means fighting, this is a festival dedicated to the God of fighting. 3 mikoshi (portable shrine) fight and try to break down one another in front of the god. In addition to that, carrying competition of 7 yatai (gorgeous portable shrine) from 7 areas in Shirahama town, Himeji city is also main part of this festival. The harder their mikoshi and yatai crash, the more the god is pleased. This very a tough, dangerous but very exciting festival…

Welcome to the World of Endless Fun and Excitement ! UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN !

Welcome to the World of Endless Fun and Excitement !  UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN !

               Overview      Universal Studios Japan (USJ) is one of the four Universal Studios theme parks. It receives 8 million visitors annually. USJ is the second most famous theme park in Japan.   Official Homepage http://www.usj.co.jp/e/              How to Purchase the Ticket      Admission Ticket grants you admission into the park and the use of all attractions. Universal Express Pass shortens your waiting time. You don’t need to wait for some popular attractions!     ・Admission Ticket…

Parades of Bon Dance in Tokushima, Awa Odori!

Parades of Bon Dance in Tokushima, Awa Odori!

            Overview   Awa Odori is a summer festival that derives from Tokushima Prefecture. Awa Odori is the most famous Bon Dance (盆踊り) in Japan. It is Japanese traditional performing arts with more than 400 years history dating back to Edo Period. Groups of dancers and musicians, known as Ren (連), dance through the streets, typically accompanied by instrument such as shamisen (Japanese string instrument), Japanese drum, etc.           Event Schedule   August 12 ~ August 15 (every year) Time: 18:00…

Sendai Tanabata Matsuri, The Festival of the Stars

Sendai Tanabata Matsuri, The Festival of the Stars

          Overview   This festival started in the reign of a famous Japanese shogun, Date Masamune. You can see colorful ornaments for Tanabata, the Star Festival, exhibited around Sendai city center and in shopping arcades as well. Visitor can also enjoy the sight of fireworks and local taste from the food stalls in the festival.             Event Schedule   August 6 to 8 of every year Fireworks: August 5, from 5pm to 7:30pm   Tanabata Ornaments Exhibition: August 6 ~7: From…

Tokyo Disney Sea ~ The Fantasy Dream-like Underwater World

Tokyo Disney Sea ~ The Fantasy Dream-like Underwater World

                Overview   Tokyo DisneySea is a 2nd fantasy theme park in Tokyo Disney Resort that is unique to Japan. In 2013, it was estimated to attract 14 million visitors, making it the fourth-most-visited theme park in the world. In addition, Tokyo DisneySea was the fastest theme park in the world to reach the milestone of 10 million guests, having done so in 307 days after its grand opening.             Schedule   Opening Hours: vary according to season,…