YABUSAME, horseback archery~ the art of speed and strength

YABUSAME, horseback archery~ the art of speed and strength

       Overview      Yabusame means horseback archery activities, which originated from 6 century A.D, when Kinmei emperor prayed for the peace of his kingdom and the rich of his people by shooting off three board on a running horse. However, it does not formally become a ritual until 12 century A.D when Minamoto Noyoritomo changed Yabusame into one of the famous ritual in Japan. Nowadays, many shrine all over Japan offer the chance to take a look of this wonderful ritual which combines skill and strength.  …

‘Save The Beach, Save The Ocean’ , a beach theme art & music festival! GREENROOM FESTIVAL!

‘Save The Beach, Save The Ocean’ , a beach theme art & music festival! GREENROOM FESTIVAL!

                Overview     GREENROOM FESTIVAL is an art and music festival based on the theme of beach and surf-culture. With the concept, ‘Save The Beach, Save The Ocean’, the event encourage us to save our precious beach for the next generation. Here, all artists, regardless of their nationality, music genre, gather together at one stage to deliver a fantastic performance.              Event Schedule      2 days in the middle of May Date: May 21 (Sat) and…

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…

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,…