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,…

Mountain of Burning Letters, Kyoto Daimonji Okuribi Mountain Bonfire!

Mountain of Burning Letters,  Kyoto Daimonji Okuribi Mountain Bonfire!

      Overview   Mountain Bonfire, known as Gozan no Okuribi or Daimonji Okuribi in Japanese, is one of the major traditional seasonal events in Kyoto. Here, the giant bonfires, each with a distinct shape, are lit on mountains surrounding the city. This bonfire also signifies sending off spirits of deceased family members who came to visit during O-Bon.             Event Schedule   Every year on August 16 Time: from 8:00 P.M.             How to Enjoy   The bonfires…

Parades of Hundred Portable Shrines, Kanda Matsuri!

Parades of Hundred Portable Shrines, Kanda Matsuri!

      Overview   Kanda Matsuri is one of Japan’s three major festivals, which dates back to Edo era. There is main ceremony every 2 years. As a part of the ceremony, you can see a parade of portable shrines and floats marching through the 30 kilometers streets in Kanda and Nihombashi area. It is indeed, a stunning sight to see 100 portable shrines marching into Kanda Shrine.           Event Schedule   Once every 2 years In mid-May Next event will be held in 2017…

Parades of Powerful, Traditional Dances ,, Yosakoi Matsuri!

Parades of Powerful, Traditional Dances ,, Yosakoi Matsuri!

    Overview   Yosakoi is a Japanese traditional dance, originated in Kochi, where this festival is held. During this festival, 19,000 dancers in bright colored costume from about 200 Yosakoi dance teams perform their original Yosakoi dance and music. By touring around the 12 venues of this festival and watch many different styles of performance, you can feel their passion for Yosakoi!       Event Schedule From 9 August to 12 August every year On 9 August: Opening ceremony and performance by the previous year awarded teams On…

Traveling Across Time to the classical, Heian Period in Aoi Matsuri

Traveling Across Time to the classical, Heian Period in Aoi Matsuri

      Overview   Aoi Matsuri is the most elegant festival held in Japan. Most Matsuri are held by ordinary people or shrines, but Aoi Matsuri is started by the Emperor at that time, as an event praying for a bountiful harvest, participants were all really aristocracy. That is why in Aoi Matsuri, people all dressed in Heian-period style, especially aristocracy’s costume. No exaggeration ,it is the best chance to feel ancient Japan’s style, how they dress, the way of walking, even about their make-up! Every year, on May 15th,…

Dance of Blazing Flowers! Musical Firework in Naniwa Yodogawa Fireworks Festival!

Dance of Blazing Flowers! Musical Firework in Naniwa Yodogawa Fireworks Festival!

    Overview   Naniwa Yodogawa Fireworks Festival is a famous summer festival held annually in Kansai region. It is originally started as a local community runs firework festival and gradually developed into a large scale firework festival. It features ‘Flower Circus’, music synchronized firework, many grandiose firework display!         Event Schedule   Early August Upcoming Event: August 8 (Sat), 2015 Time: 7:50 P.M ~ 8:40 P.M.         How to Enjoy   In this festival, more than 20,000 units of fireworks are shot off…