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There are some typical ways to taste “Japanese style”, and “Japanese festivals” are packed with such styles. In a word it’s a festival, but each event has a unique nature. There are festivals that are related to local belief traditional passed on to the residents with respect from ancient times, as well as popular festivals centered on dancing. During the season the site is bustling with locals and tourists, and the passion is something you can’t experience in other events. Here, among the festivals in Japan, we will introduce the ones you can not miss particularly. Since they are all big festivals they will be intensely packed, but once you experience them, the memory will be unforgettable.
“Kanda Matsuri” is one of the big three festivals in Japan. It is a special festival called “Tenka Matsuri (Tenka Festival)” that was a festival originally celebrated by the “Tokugawa “ shogunate of Edo era, and in those days, commoners were admitted to enter Edo Castle. It is famous as a passionate festival of Metropolitan Tokyo, and in the most exciting part, a queue consisting of approximately 500 people, with a length of 30 kilometers or so, move around to purify 108 community associations. Together with cheerful chants, the passion of the people strike like waves, which change the usual air of metropolitan area as a business district into a completely different aspect, and with the swarming people, the venue is surrounded by a lively mood.
Yamagata Hanagasa Festival is a festival of Yamagata, where people with straw hat adorned with flowers dance to a vibrant rhythmic folk song. It is a rule to dance holding a straw hat adorned with artificial safflower, the prefectural flower. The song originated from the folk’s chant to work in coordination during construction. The participating organizations are more than 150, and you’ll enjoy seeing them dancing in tandem along with different shouts and dresses for each group. You can also participate and dance along at the end of the parade or at a group called “Circle Dance”. If you dance in yukata, you will definitely feel a blast. (Image provided by: Yamagata Hanagasa Council)
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