Jun 30, 2014

Den Den Matsuri at Isonokami Shrine, Tenri City, Nara

Den Den Matsuri at Isonokami Shrine, Tenri City, Nara
 
30th June, 2014 | at Isonokami Shrine, Tenri City, Nara  

Isonokami Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in the hills of Tenri in Nara prefecture, Japan.
It is one of the oldest extant Shinto shrines in Japan and has housed several significant artifacts. Isonokami shrine was highly regarded in the ancient era, and frequented by many members of the imperial family.
It played a pivotal role in Japan's early history, especially during the 3rd to 5th centuries.
The shrine is at the northern end of the Yamanobe no michi, the oldest road in Japan.



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140630tenri.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://yamatoji.nara-kankou.or.jp/contents/event.php



 石上神宮神剣渡御祭(でんでん祭)奈良県天理市

Aizen-san Matsuri at Aizendo Shomanin Temple, Osaka

Aizen-san Matsuri at Aizendo Shomanin Temple, Osaka

30th June - 2nd July, 2014 | at Aizendo Shomanin Temple, Osaka

Places where the flavor of history strongly remains:  
Aizen girls chosen from the public add bright colors to Aizen Festival, giving away LOVE BLESSING ROLLS to festival participants in yukata, and parading in Hoe palanquin.

In the Hoe palanquin parade, a recreation of geisha girls visiting Aizendo by palanquin in the Edo era (around 1700), they parade the 1.5km distance from Tennoji to Aizendo slowly, exchanging shouts. The parade with the shouts ”♪Here comes Aizen, Ho, eh, kah, go, Pretty girls, Ho, eh, kah, go, Good business, Ho, eh, kah, go” is part of the old sights and sounds of Osaka we want to preserve in the 21st century. (*reference: Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau)



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140630osaka.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.aizendo.com/



愛染祭(浴衣祭)大阪市天王寺区

Jun 28, 2014

Looking East, Western Artists and the Allure of Japan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, at Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo

Looking East, Western Artists and the Allure of Japan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, at Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo

 

28th June - 15th September, 2014 | Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo  

From the latter half of the 19th century to the early 20th century, Japanese art, especially ukiyo-e prints, enjoyed great popularity in the West.
Its bold compositions and vivid colors sparked a fundamental revolution in the aesthetic sensibility of the West, leading to the trend known as Japonisme.

This exhibition presents approximately 150 objects, including paintings, photographs, and decorative arts from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
A highlight of the show is Claude Monet’s La Japonaise, which is being exhibited for the first time since recent conservation.
From a variety of perspectives, the show examines what Western artists learned from Japan and how it affected leading artistic movement of the era, such as Impressionism.  



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140628sgy.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.setagayaartmuseum.or.jp/exhibition/exhibition_e.html



『ボストン美術館 華麗なるジャポニスム展 印象派を魅了した日本の美』世田谷美術館(東京都世田谷区砧公園)

Gokuro Matsuri (fancy costume parade), Yoshinogawa City, Tokushima

Gokuro Matsuri (fancy costume parade), Yoshinogawa City, Tokushima

29th June, 2014 | Yoshinogawa City, Tokushima

Yoshinogawa-shi is a second-order administrative division and is located in Tokushima, Japan.




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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140629yoshi.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.shikoku.gr.jp/index.php?cID=13341



五九郎まつり(徳島県吉野川市鴨島町)

Jun 24, 2014

Treasured Masterpieces from the National Palace Museum, Taipei, at Tokyo National Museum, Ueno Park, Tokyo

Treasured Masterpieces from the National Palace Museum, Taipei, at Tokyo National Museum, Ueno Park, Tokyo

24th June - 15th September, 2014 | Tokyo National Museum, Ueno Park, Tokyo

Renowned works have been carefully selected for this exhibition from the cultural properties in the collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei.
The exhibition aims to introduce widely the characteristics and exquisiteness of Chinese culture.

From ancient times, people in Japan have been familiar with Chinese culture and have actively sought to assimilate it.
Distinctive Japanese culture, which was formed subsequently, can be better appreciated through an understanding of the fine Chinese cultural properties in the collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei.



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140624twn.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.tnm.jp/modules/r_free_page/index.php?id=1647



『台北 國立故宮博物院 神品至宝』東京国立博物館(東京都台東区上野公園)

Jun 22, 2014

Yukata Matsuri (Japanese summer kimono) at Himeji Catsle, Hyogo Pref.

Yukata Matsuri (Japanese summer kimono) at Himeji Catsle, Hyogo Pref.

22nd - 24th June, 2014 | Himeji Catsle, Hyogo Pref.

Yukata clad children start walking from in front of the Himeji Castle to Osakabe Shrine. You can also enjoy about eight hundred open air night stalls that line the streets. (*reference: Himeji City Website)  



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140622himj.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.himeji-kanko.jp/event/index.php?act=detl&id=268


『姫路ゆかたまつり』兵庫県姫路市長壁神社

Giorgio de Chirico, at IWATE MUSEUM OF ART

Giorgio de Chirico, at IWATE MUSEUM OF ART

21st June - 22nd August, 2014 | IWATE MUSEUM OF ART, Morioka, Iwate  

Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978, b. Greece), one of the greatest painters in the 20th century, was active mostly in Paris and Italy.
The metaphysical art movement which he founded to depict mysterious inner world behind the visible ordinary life had a big influence on the Surrealists.

This retrospective exhibition showcases de Chirico’s 104 masterpieces including the collection of le Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (donated by Isabella de Chirico) and some private collections from Europe and Japan.  



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140621iwt.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] ››  http://www.ima.or.jp/en/enexhibition/entemporary/details/1425-2013_ex02.html



『ジョルジョ・デ・キリコ展』岩手県立美術館(岩手県盛岡市)

Guess what? Hardcore Contemporary Art’s Truly a World Treasure: Selected Works from the YAGEO Foundation Collection, at The National Museum of Modern Art, Kitanomaru Park, Chiyodaku, Tokyo

Guess what? Hardcore Contemporary Art’s Truly a World Treasure: Selected Works from the YAGEO Foundation Collection, at The National Museum of Modern Art, Kitanomaru Park, Chiyodaku, Tokyo

20th June - 24th August, 2014 | The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

You're probably surprised at the peculiar title.
The idea was to emphasize the fact that, in at least two senses, this show features contemporary artworks that are truly nothing less than world treasures.

Firstly, they are "world treasures" in terms of their market value and agreed insured value. At auctions these days, even works by the living artists can sell for prices in the tens of millions of dollars. A number of works in the exhibition fall into this category.

Secondly, they are "world treasures" in an art historical sense.
The best artists are those who seek to express things that need to be communicated now in forms both rooted in art history to date and destined not to grow stale in the future.
It is for this very reason that their works radiate brilliance in a world overflowing with all manner of expression.
For this exhibition, this collection of "hardcore contemporary art " deserving of the title " world treasures" has been organized into ten chapters in accordance with such key words as "muse," "sublime," "memory" and "new beauty."  




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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140620hard.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.momat.go.jp/english/artmuseum/core/index.html




『現代美術のハードコアはじつは世界の宝である展 ヤゲオ財団コレクションより』東京国立近代美術館(東京都千代田区北の丸公園)

You reach out – right now – for something : Questioning the Concept of Fashion, at Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Kagawa

You reach out – right now – for something : Questioning the Concept of Fashion, at Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Kagawa

14th June - 23rd September, 2014 | Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art

This is an exhibition based on Nakako Hayashi’s book Expanding Fashion (Space Shower Networks) published in 2011.

Hayashi worked as an editor for Shiseido’s culture magazine Hanatsubaki in the 1990s and later became independent and promoted fashion and art mainly through her own magazine here and there.

In Expanding Fashion, she introduces the new movements that happened in the world of fashion and around since the mid-1990s onwards.
The vibrant activities of the artists that Hayashi throws a light upon drew an enthusiastic reaction.  




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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140614mrg.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.mimoca.org/en/exhibitions/2014/06/14/1081/




『拡張するファッション』丸亀市猪熊弦一郎現代美術館(香川県丸亀市)

Art of Horyuji Temple, at SHIZUOKA CITY MUSEUM OF ART, Aoi Tower, Shizuoka

Art of Horyuji Temple, at SHIZUOKA CITY MUSEUM OF ART, Aoi Tower, Shizuoka

14th June - 27th July, 2014 | SHIZUOKA CITY MUSEUM OF ART, Aoi Tower, Shizuoka  




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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140614szok.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.shizubi.jp/exhibition/future_140614.php



『法隆寺展―聖徳太子と平和への祈り―』静岡市美術館

Toward the Modernity: Images of Self & Other in East Asian Art Competitions, at Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe, Hyogo

Toward the Modernity: Images of Self & Other in East Asian Art Competitions, at Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe, Hyogo

14th June - 21st July, 2014 | Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe, Hyogo

This exhibition focuses on government-sponsored open art competitions that were held in Tokyo, as well as in Seoul, Taipei and Changchun which were under the control of Japan, during the first half of the 20th century.
About 130 pieces including those presented there, as well as works by the judges of those exhibitions, will introduce what “modernity” meant for these cities.  



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140614hygo.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.artm.pref.hyogo.jp/eng/exhibition/index.html



  『東京・ソウル・台北・長春 ―官展にみる近代美術―』兵庫県立美術館(兵庫県神戸市)

Jun 21, 2014

Essays in Idleness: Enjoying Classical Literature Through Art, at SUNTORY MUSEUN of ART, Mid-Town, Akasaka, Tokyo

Essays in Idleness: Enjoying Classical Literature Through Art, at SUNTORY MUSEUN of ART, Mid-Town, Akasaka, Tokyo

11th June - 21st July, 2014 | SUNTORY MUSEUN of ART, Mid-Town, Akasaka, Tokyo

Essays in Idleness (Tsurezuregusa), written by Yoshida Kenko; in the latter half of the Kamakura period, is regarded, with The Pillow Book (Makura no soshi) and An Account of My Hut (Hojoki), as one of the three great collections of essays in Japanese literature.
Essays in Idleness, which begins with the phrase tsurezure naru mama ni, “with nothing better to do,” is one of the most familiar classics of Japanese literature.

This exhibition presents famous scenes from those essays through the twenty Essays in Idleness Handscrolls by Kaiho Yusetsu, which were recently added to the museum’s collection, together with folding screens, illustrated books, and other depictions of them.  



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140611sun.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.suntory.com/sma/exhibit/2014_3/



『徒然草 美術で楽しむ古典文学』サントリー美術館(東京都港区赤坂 東京ミッドタウン)

Twentieth Anniversary Special MOT Collection, Chronicle 1995-, at MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART TOKYO, Kiba Park, Kotoku, Tokyo

Twentieth Anniversary Special MOT Collection, Chronicle 1995-, at MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART TOKYO, Kiba Park, Kotoku, Tokyo

7th June - 31st August, 2014 | MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART TOKYO, Kiba Park, Kotoku, Tokyo

To commemorate the museum's twentieth anniversary in fiscal year 2014, we will hold special exhibitions divided into three stages.

1995, when the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo first opened its doors, was the year of the Great Hanshin Earthquake and the Aum Tokyo Subway Attack, and it is often pointed out that throughout the years following the collapse of the bubble economy and the ensuing social unease, this year marked a critical juncture in Japan's cultural flow that continues to the present day.

In the field of contemporary art new works are continuously being born, the infrastructure to support them is gradually becoming established and it is possible to look at this year as being a turning point.

The exhibition will be organized in two sections; the first will look at what happened in 1995 using the museum's collect ions and introducing the museum's opening exhibition to further analyze this period of time.
The second section will look at the expression of artists who began their activities subsequent to 1995, introducing a summary of the museum's young artist collection.
Presenting a bird's-eye view starting from 1995, we will trace the museum's twenty years of the activities while presenting a perspective from which to consider the continuing scene.  



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140607kiba.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.mot-art-museum.jp/eng/exhibition/chronicle1995.html



『開館20周年記念 MOTコレクション特別企画 クロニクル1995』東京都現代美術館(東京都江東区 都立木場公園内)

Nostalgia and Fantasy: Imagination and Its Origins in Contemporary Art, at The National Museum of Art, Osaka

Nostalgia and Fantasy: Imagination and Its Origins in Contemporary Art, at The National Museum of Art, Osaka

27th May - 15th September, 2014 | The National Museum of Art, Osaka

With the unusual combination of nostalgia and fantasy as a theme, this exhibition introduces a wide range of works by artists (nine individuals and one group) who are acclaimed for evolving their own unique realms of imagery:

Yokoo Tadanori, Kitatsuji Yoshihisa, Karasawa Hitoshi, Tanada Koji, Yodogawa Technique, Suto Yukiko, Yamamoto Keisuke, Konishi Toshiyuki, Kobashi Yosuke, and Hashizume Sai.  



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140527osk.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.nmao.go.jp/en/exhibition/index.html



『ノスタルジー&ファンタジー 現代美術の想像力とその源泉』国立国際美術館(大阪市北区中之島)

Leandro ERLICH −The Ordinary?, at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Leandro ERLICH −The Ordinary?, at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Ishikawa

3rd May - 31st August, 2014 | 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Swimming Pool, a familiar work at this museum, and Leandro Erlich’s first solo exhibition in Japan.

Leandro Erlich (born in Buenos Aires in 1973; resides in Montevideo, Uruguay) is, to the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, a very special artist.

His The Swimming Pool, a work familiar to many as “Leandro’s Pool,” has played a particularly large role at this museum, which was designed by SANAA / Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa.

Amid the many creative modes that seemed almost to well up from the early 1990s on, his style, which creates changes in our perception of reality through objects and actions everyone can share, can be identified as one of the sustained characteristics of contemporary art.



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140503kzwa.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.kanazawa21.jp/data_list.php?g=81&d=125&lng=e



『レアンドロ・エルリッヒ―ありきたりの?』金沢21世紀美術館(石川県金沢市)

Best Selection 123 from Fashion Essence, at Kobe Fashion Museum, Higashinada, Kobe, Hyogo

Best Selection 123 from Fashion Essence, at Kobe Fashion Museum, Higashinada, Kobe, Hyogo

12th April - 8th July, 2014 | Kobe Fashion Museum, Higashinada, Kobe, Hyogo  



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140412fkb.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.fashionmuseum.or.jp/



『ドキドキ・ワクワク ファッションの玉手箱―ベスト・セレクション123―』神戸ファッション美術館(神戸市東灘区)

Hozaura Asamasai (makeup men's parade), Minamiise Town, Mie Pref.

Hozaura Asamasai (makeup men's parade), Minamiise Town, Mie Pref.

21st & 22nd June, 2014 | Hozaura, Minamiise Town, Mie Pref.  



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140705makeup.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.kirari1000.com/..



方座浦浅間祭(三重県度会郡南伊勢町)

Creators' Market 2014 at Port Messe Nagoya, Aichi

Creators' Market 2014 at Port Messe Nagoya, Aichi

21st - 22nd June, 2014 | at Port Messe Nagoya, Aichi

Creators Market - over 3500 amateur and professional designers exhibiting and selling their creations!



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140629crema.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.creatorsmarket.com/



クリエーターズ・マーケット(ポートメッセなごや)

Shiretoko Hiraki (Summer coming festival) at Rausu Town, Hokkaido

Shiretoko Hiraki (Summer coming festival) at Rausu Town, Hokkaido

21st & 22nd June, 2014 | at Rausu Town, Hokkaido

This festival is a celebration to pray for safety at sea and which heralds the beginning of the late Shiretoko summer.
There are all kinds of events, including a fireworks display, a dance parade, tug of war and more. (*reference: Shiretoko Rausu-cho Tourist Association)



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140615rausu.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.rausu-shiretoko.com/



知床開き(北海道羅臼町)

Jun 20, 2014

Herb Festival at Lake Kawaguchiko, Yamanashi Pref.

Herb Festival at Lake Kawaguchiko, Yamanashi Pref.

20th June - 13th July, 2014 | Lake Kawaguchiko, Yamanashi Pref.

The Lake Kawaguchiko Herb Festival is held in Yagizaki Park and Oishi Park every year with its lavish and abundant lavender beds. In addition to the usual attractions of flowers, there are also abundant herbs, crafts, teas and treats, and special events, including a jazz band and fireworks.

There will also be several stands selling food, including lavender-flavored ice cream, a variety of herbs and herb products, and local fruits and vegetables.
 (*reference: Yamanashi Tourism Organization)



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140620kwgc.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.fujisan.ne.jp/event/info.php?if_id=672&ca_id=3



『河口湖ハーブフェスティバル』山梨県南都留郡富士河口湖町

"Takekiri-E-Shiki", Bamboo Cutting Ceremony at Kurama Temle, Kyoto

"Takekiri-E-Shiki", Bamboo Cutting Ceremony at Kurama Temle, Kyoto

20th June, 2014 | at Kurama Temle, Kyoto  


Kurama Take-kiri-e Shiki, at Kurama-dera Temple, Kyoto Prefecture
Eight men dressed as medieval monk soldiers divide into two teams, East and West, and then compete to see which team can cut bamboo stalks the faster.

The winning team is said to give their community a lucky chance to have a good harvest.


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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140620kurama.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://kanko.city.kyoto.lg.jp/detail.php



鞍馬の竹伐り会式(京都市左京区 鞍馬寺)

Jun 15, 2014

Kumo-Gassen (battle of spiders) at Kajiki Town, Aira City, Kagoshima

Kumo-Gassen (battle of spiders) at Kajiki Town, Aira City, Kagoshima

15th June, 2014 | at Kajiki Town, Aira City, Kagoshima

The Kumo Gassen is an annual traditional event in Kajiki town, the most famous spider-fighting contest: this event has a long and unbroken tradition and dates back to four hundred years ago. Most people in Kajiki rear samurai spiders: all the spiders in the event are female Black and Yellow Argiopes.

Spiders are raised carefully and live with their owners, free to wander in the house and make cobwebs as they please. (*reference: Wiki)




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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140616kajiki.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://aira-kankou.jp/event/




加治木くも合戦(鹿児島県姶良市加治木町)

Enma Ichi (night market), Kashiwazaki City, Niigata Pref.

Enma Ichi (night market), Kashiwazaki City, Niigata Pref.

14th - 16th June, 2014 | Kashiwazaki City, Niigata Pref.

Starting with the old horse fairs, from the Bunsei era onwards this street has been lined with outdoor stalls.
For this festival, around 600 stalls fill the area around Enma-dou Temple, lining up for several kilometers. (*reference: Niigata Prefectural Tourist Guide)



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140614enma.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.city.kashiwazaki.niigata.jp/




えんま市(新潟県柏崎市)

Jun 14, 2014

Reitaisai (Ceremony at Shrine) at Sumidagawa Jinja, Tokyo

Reitaisai (Ceremony at Shrine) at Sumidagawa Jinja, Tokyo

14th & 15th June, 2014 | at Sumidagawa Jinja, Tokyo  




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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140615sumida.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.enjoytokyo.jp/amuse/event/592924/



隅田川神社例大祭(東京都墨田区)

Otaue Shinji (Rice Planting Festival) at the Sumiyoshi Shrine in Osaka

Otaue Shinji (Rice Planting Festival) at the Sumiyoshi Shrine in Osaka

14th June, 2014 | at the Sumiyoshi Shrine in Osaka  

Rice Planting Festival at the Sumiyoshi Shrine in Osaka features the ceremonial transplanting of rice seedlings by young girls in traditional costumes.  




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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140614sumiyoshi.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.sumiyoshitaisha.net/calender/otaue.html




「御田植神事」住吉大社(大阪市住吉区)

Chagu Chagu Umako (Horse Festival), Morioka City, Iwate Pref.

Chagu Chagu Umako (Horse Festival), Morioka City, Iwate Pref.

14th June, 2014 | Morioka City, Iwate Pref.  

Chagu Umako - Horse Festival features a parade of colorfully-dressed horses through the city to the Shrine in Morioka, Iwate prefecture.  



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140608chagu.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.iwatetabi.jp/event/detail/03305/196.html



「チャグチャグ馬コ」鬼越蒼前神社(岩手県滝沢村)

Jun 13, 2014

Yosakoi Dance Festival at Noto, Wakura, Nanao City, Ishikawa Pref.

Yosakoi Dance Festival at Noto, Wakura, Nanao City, Ishikawa Pref.

13th - 15th June, 2014 | Wakura, Nanao City, Ishikawa Pref.

Yosakoi is a unique style of dance that originated in Japan.
Yosakoi started in the city of Kōchi in 1954, as a modern rendition of Awa Odori, a traditional summer dance.
Yosakoi-style dancing has spread throughout much of Japan.
The style of dance is highly energetic, combining traditional Japanese dance movements with modern music. The choreographed dances are often performed by large teams. (*reference: Yosakoi)



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140613noto.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://yosakoi.wakura.or.jp/



『能登よさこい祭り』石川県七尾市和倉町

Tonami Yotaka Matsuri in Tonami City, Toyama Pref.

Tonami Yotaka Matsuri in Tonami City, Toyama Pref.


13th & 14th June, 2014 | in Tonami City, Toyama Pref.

Yotaka Matsuri is a Night festival of colourful floats consisting of giant, decorative paper.  




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[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://yokoso.city.tonami.toyama.jp/kanko/w




となみ夜高祭(富山県砺波市)

Sanno Matsuri (one of Tokyo's three great festivals) at Hie Shrine, Chiyoda, Tokyo

Sanno Matsuri (one of Tokyo's three great festivals) at Hie Shrine, Chiyoda, Tokyo

13th June, 2014 | at Hie Shrine, Chiyoda, Tokyo

Sanno Matsuri is another one of Tokyo's three great festivals. Held near the Hie Shrine it features a procession of portable shrine through the busy streets of the Akasaka district.  



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140607hiejinja.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.hiejinja.net/jinja/english/index.html



「日枝神社大祭(山王祭 )」東京都千代田区

Jun 10, 2014

FOOMA 2014 (Food Machinery & Technology Exhibition) at Tokyo Big Sight

FOOMA 2014 (Food Machinery & Technology Exhibition) at Tokyo Big Sight

10th - 13th June, 2014 | at Tokyo Big Sight, Ariake, Tokyo

FOOMA JAPAN is a showcase of products, technologies, and services for food processing and related operations.

The exhibitors represent every conceivable link in the value chain for food-related equipment. Annual attendance is large, and the range of exhibits broadens further with each exhibition. Excellent opportunities for business-to-business interchange are a FOOMA JAPAN hallmark.



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140611fooma.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.foomajapan.jp/2014/english/



FOOMA JAPAN 国際食品工業展(東京ビッグサイト)

Jun 9, 2014

Ikeda Taisai (Local Town's Festival), Ikeda Town, Fukui Pref.

Ikeda Taisai (Local Town's Festival), Ikeda Town, Fukui Pref.

9th - 11th June, 2014 | Ikeda Town, Fukui Pref.  



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140609ikeda.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.e-ikeda.jp/blog/



池田大祭(福井県今立郡池田町)

Jun 8, 2014

Yobuko Outsunahiki (big tug pull), Karatsu City, Saga Pref.

Yobuko Outsunahiki (big tug pull), Karatsu City, Saga Pref.

7th & 8th June, 2014 | Karatsu City, Saga Pref.

The Yobuko Tug of War which has a history of over 400 years will be held at Yobukomachi in Karatsu on 1st and 2nd of June.
It’s said that the general Toyotomi Hideyosi started to make strong fighting spirit among the soldiers when he had the battle camp at Nagoya Castle (In Chinzeimachi) using the warship rope.

The town is divided into two groups "The Oka group" and "The Hama group". Started by the gong and fire arrow they pull the tag which has a diameter of 15cm and length of 400m.
If "The Oka group" wins it means a good harvest and if "The Hama group" wins it means a rich haul of fish for the year.
(*reference: KARATSU Tourist Association)



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140607yobuk.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.karatsu-kankou.jp/karatsunmon007.html



『呼子大綱引』佐賀県唐津市

Jun 7, 2014

Fire River; First day of climbing season at Mt. Daisen, Tottori Pref.

Fire River; First day of climbing season at Mt. Daisen, Tottori Pref.

7th & 8th June, 2014 | at Mt. Daisen, Tottori Pref.  



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140601daisen.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.daisen.jp/p/kyokai/natsuyama/



大山夏山開き祭(鳥取県大山町)

Ritual Dance at Amataki Waterfall, Kokufu, Tottori

Ritual Dance at Amataki Waterfall, Kokufu, Tottori

7th & 8th June, 2014 | at Amataki Waterfall, Kokufu, Tottori  




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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140601amataki.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.tottori-guide.jp/tourism/tour/view/13



雨滝滝開き祭(鳥取市国府町雨滝)

Shogawa Tourist Festival, Tonami City, Toyama Pref.

Shogawa Tourist Festival, Tonami City, Toyama Pref.

 

7th & 8th June, 2014 | in Tonami City, Toyama Pref.  



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140601tonami.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://yokoso.city.tonami.toyama.jp/kanko/




 庄川観光祭(富山県砺波市)

Enshu Hamakita Hiryu Matsuri (kite festival), Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Pref.

Enshu Hamakita Hiryu Matsuri (kite festival), Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Pref.

7th & 8th June, 2014 | Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Pref.  

The festival honors Ryujin, the god of the Tenryu River, and includes kite flying in Hamakita (Hamakita Takoage), a fire-festival parade of a flying dragon's head (Hiryu Himatsuri) and performances of Japanese drums (taiko).

The Enshu Hamakita Hiryu festival celebrates water, sound and flame.  



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140601hamakita.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.hamamatsu-books.jp/



遠州はまきた飛竜まつり(静岡県浜松市)

Torigoe Matsuri at Torigoe Shrine, Taito, Tokyo

Torigoe Matsuri at Torigoe Shrine, Taito, Tokyo

7th - 8th June, 2014 | at Torigoe Shrine, Taito, Tokyo

Warrior Yamato Takeru, enshrined and worshiped at Torigoe Shrine, is honored with an authentic "downtown" festival which draws huge crowds.

The so-called obake (monster) mikoshi, said to be the heaviest in Tokyo at four tons, is paraded through parish streets by hundreds of happi-clad bearers to entertain and honor the deity within and ask for his favor.
The parade carries on throughout the day, and then in the evening returns to the shrine by atmospheric lanternlight. (*reference: JNTO)



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140608torigoe.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.taitonavi.jp/enjoy_detail.html?no=227



鳥越祭(東京都台東区)

Ise-ebi Matsuri (Lobster Fair), Shima City, Mie Pref.

Ise-ebi Matsuri (Lobster Fair), Shima City, Mie Pref.

7th June, 2014 | Hamashima Marine Park, Shima City, Mie Pref.

A celebration centered on spiny lobster, the symbol of Hamajima-cho, to express appreciation for the benefits of the sea and also to pray for a bountiful catch.
A parade winds along the Dream Coastal Road following a giant 6.5m-long, 450kg carved spiny lobster. (*reference: MIE TOURISM GUIDE)



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140607ise.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.iseebi-onsen.com/iseebi/




『伊勢えび祭』三重県志摩市 浜島海浜公園

Jun 6, 2014

Tsukiji Shishi-Sai (festival at shrine) at Namiyoke Inari Jinja, Tsukiji, Tokyo

Tsukiji Shishi-Sai (festival at shrine) at Namiyoke Inari Jinja, Tsukiji, Tokyo

6th - 10th June, 2014 | at Namiyoke Inari Jinja, Tsukiji, Tokyo  

Located in Tsukiji, Namiyoke Inari Shrine is known as a place to pray for protection from disasters and bad luck, business prosperity, and the safety of construction work.

When reclamation work at the coast in southeast Edo was in progress during the Edo period, embankments in the Tsukiji area were repeatedly washed away and had to be rebuilt numerous times, making the construction most difficult.

According to legend, however, ocean waves and winds calmed down after people found and started worshipping the sacred body of a deity that emerged on the ocean's surface.

When the reclamation was completed in 1659, people celebrated it by carrying floats that symbolize a dragon who controls clouds, a tiger who controls the wind, and the huge head of shishi lion whose roar caused the whole world to obey him. (*reference: GO TOKYO)



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140606tukiji.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.namiyoke.or.jp/event_reisai.html




つきじ獅子祭(波除稲荷神社‐東京都中央区築地)

Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Festival (parade of tradition), Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Pref.

Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Festival (parade of tradition), Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Pref.

6th - 8th June, 2014 | Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Pref.

Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Festival features a procession with people dressed in samurai and period costumes.
There are also firemen doing acrobatic maneuvers on ladders, torch light Noh performances and fireworks.  


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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140531kanazawa.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://100mangoku.net/



金沢百万石まつり(石川県)

Tennou-sai (festival at shrine) at Ebara Jinja, Shinagawa, Tokyo

Tennou-sai (festival at shrine) at Ebara Jinja, Shinagawa, Tokyo

6th - 8th June, 2014 | at Ebara Jinja, Shinagawa, Tokyo  

Annual Main Festival of Ebara Jinja. The festival is called Minami-no Tennō-sai ( Festival of Heavenly Kings in the north).
The main event of the festival is the procession of Mikoshi in the sea; it is also called Kappa Matsuri. (*reference: Shinagawa Tourist Bureu)




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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140607sinagawa.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://ebarajinja.org/maturi/



荏原神社天王祭(東京都品川区北品川)

Tsuzawa Yotaka Andon Matsuri (float parade & battle), Oyabe City, Toyama Pref.

Tsuzawa Yotaka Andon Matsuri (float parade & battle), Oyabe City, Toyama Pref.

6th & 7th June, 2014 | Oyabe City, Toyama Pref.

This festival lantern costs well over a month's worth of hard work and late nights, mentions a 60-something woman who just befriended you. It also took reams of crumpled washi, and swaths of clothing stained red with food dye, she informs.
The lanterns must be over five meters tall, and you're just now getting to wondering why they all have other multiple meters' worth of thick tree trunks jutting out from the bottom.

Taking a closer look at the other teams as you pass them by, you realize that each group's happi and hairstyles are a little different, the songs and chants they are shouting, the drumbeats they are playing, the dances they are performing, unique to each. (*reference: japantravel)



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140607andon.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.info-toyama.com/_event/000545.html



津沢夜高あんどん祭り(富山県小矢部市)

Shirone Takogassen (huge kite fighting festival) along the Nakanokuchi river bank in Shirone, Niigata Pref.

Shirone Takogassen (huge kite fighting festival) along the Nakanokuchi river bank in Shirone, Niigata Pref.

5th - 9th June, 2014 | along the Nakanokuchi river bank in Shirone, Niigata

Shirone Takogassen is a huge kite fighting festival that last for five days and is held along the Nakanokuchi river bank in Shirone, Niigata Prefecture. Over 300 years old, it is said to be the world’s largest kite fight. About 300 kites take part.
They are made from bamboo and washi paper and can be as large as 23-x-17 feet and weigh as much as 50 kilograms.  Each kite has a unique design that has in some cases remained unchanged for three centuries.
Tsugaru kites are often decorated with well-known historical figures. Many have ukiyoe-style pictures. The rope is made at great expense from hemp.

Teams from Shirane compete against teams from nearby Akikatamaru village. In a typical fight one kite from Shirone is raised on one side of the river and a second kite from Akikatamaru is raised on the other side of the river. Teams of 30 to 50 men run along the river bank, pulling the kites towards one another.
The teams the severe the other’s line—usually in just a few minutes—is the winner. Seven matches are held with seven groups from each town. The number of battles won and the amount of time the kites stay aloft determines the overall winner.

Describing one fight Tatsuya Sakamoto wrote in the Daily Yomiuri: “Giant Kites waged a dynamic air battle...Their lines became entangled with one another high above the 80-meter-wide stream before plunging into the water.
Participants then yanked on the 130-meter-long lines with all their might in what quickly became a giant tug of war.”  


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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140606shirone.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.shironekankou.jp/tako/



「白根大凧合戦」新潟市 南区白根・西白根(中ノ口川堤防凧合戦会場)

Jun 5, 2014

Gore-E Furyu at Tamawakasu-mikoto Shrine, Oki Island, Shimane

Gore-E Furyu at Tamawakasu-mikoto Shrine, Oki Island, Shimane

5th June, 2014 | at Tamawakasu-mikoto Shrine, Oki Island, Shimane Pref.

Tamawakasu Jinja;
It is believed the origin is the son of Prince Ōsuwake. Ōsuwake was one of Emperor Keikou’s sons who was sent to Oki island. Emperor Keiko sent his sons to establish various countries within Japan. Emperor Keikou said to have reigned AD71 – 130. Tamawakasu is the god who created Okinoshima island, the Oki clan had been held the title of Oki Kokuso.
The word ‘Wakasu’ is believed to have an important meaning for the creation of the island.



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140605oki.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.e-oki.net/EventDetail.aspx?id=181



御霊会風流(玉若酢命神社‐島根県隠岐郡隠岐の島町)

Shaka-shaka Matsuri (farmers parade), Kashihara City, Nara

Shaka-shaka Matsuri (farmers parade), Kashihara City, Nara

5th June, 2014 | Kashihara City, Nara  



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[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.city.kashihara.nara.jp/kankou/



シャカシャカ祭(奈良県橿原市)

Atsuta Matsuri (annual celebration) at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, Nagoya, Aichi

Atsuta Matsuri (annual celebration) at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, Nagoya, Aichi

5th June, 2014 | at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, Nagoya, Aichi

The Atsuta Festival is held on June 5 at the Atsuta Shrine. This is the biggest festival of the 70 festivals held at the shrine, and one of the calendar's most auspicious events.
In the shrine's main sanctuary, religious rites are performed by the high priests while, within the greater compound, portable shrines (mikoshi) are carried, a martial arts contest is conducted, and performances by street entertainers are held.
In the evening, vendors with paper lanterns on their wagons line the streets, and fireworks are set off in the sky. (*reference: Wiki)



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140605atsuta.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.atsutajingu.or.jp/jingu/shinto/reisai.html



熱田まつり(尚武祭)愛知県名古屋市 熱田神宮

Yosakoi Soran Matsuri, Sapporo, Hokkaido (It's Time to Dance in Sapporo)

Yosakoi Soran Matsuri, Sapporo, Hokkaido (It's Time to Dance in Sapporo)

4th - 8th June, 2014 | Odori park, Sapporo, Hokkaido  

Japanese people tend to enjoy life. An easy way to see this is at one of Japan's many Yosakoi matsuri (dance festivals). Yosakoi is a summer dance. Nowhere in Japan are they more excited about summer than in Hokkaido (northern Japan).

The Sapporo Yosakoi Soran Festival is Japan's biggest traditional dance festival. Yosakoi dance is has become popular in recent years.
There are now over 200 festivals and competitions each year in Japan. Teams from all over Japan come to compete in the Yosakoi Soran Festival.



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[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.yosakoi-soran.jp/



YOSAKOIソーラン祭り(北海道札幌市大通公園、他)

Jun 4, 2014

Interior Lifestyle Tokyo 2014 at Tokyo Big Sight

Interior Lifestyle Tokyo 2014 at Tokyo Big Sight

4th - 6th June, 2014 | at Tokyo Big Sight, Ariake, Tokyo
It is an Asia's No.1 international consumer goods trade fair.  



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140605ils.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.interior-lifestyle.com/index.php



インテリア・ライフスタイル(東京ビッグサイト)

Shobu-Yu Matsuri at Kaga Yamashiro Hot Springs, Ishikawa

Shobu-Yu Matsuri at Kaga Yamashiro Hot Springs, Ishikawa

4th & 5th June, 2014 | at Kaga Yamashiro Hot Springs, Ishikawa  

There is a traditional customs to soak iris leaves into the bathtub in Children’s Day. It is said it goes away from the evil for health. Please enjoy Shobu Yu at Kaga Onsen Hot Springs!  



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140604kaga.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.yamashiro-spa.or.jp/matsuri/saijiki.html



菖蒲湯まつり(石川県加賀市 山代温泉)

Jun 3, 2014

Dontsuku Matsuri (strange ritual) at Inatori Hot Springs, Izu, Shizuoka

Dontsuku Matsuri (strange ritual) at Inatori Hot Springs, Izu, Shizuoka

3th - 4th June, 2014 | at Inatori Hot Springs, Izu, Shizuoka  

Dontsuku festival is a very unique festival that takes place in Inatori every early June. It must be surprising and unbelievable. The festival is said to be originated in the Yayoi period (300 BC-250 AD).



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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140603dontuku.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ››  http://www.e-izu.org/language/english.html



どんつく祭(静岡県東伊豆町 稲取温泉街)