Aug 31, 2015

Exhibition on the 250th Aniversary of the birth of NISHIKI-E UKIYO-E Masterpieces from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, featuring Harunobu, Sharaku and More! at SHIZUOKA CITY MUSEUM OF ART

Exhibition on the 250th Aniversary of the birth of NISHIKI-E UKIYO-E Masterpieces from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, featuring Harunobu, Sharaku and More! at SHIZUOKA CITY MUSEUM OF ART

23rd August - 27th September, 2015 | SHIZUOKA CITY MUSEUM OF ART

Shizuoka City Museum of Art, which is located on the third floor of the twenty-five-story Aoi Tower building at the north exit of JR Shizuoka Station, first opened its doors in May 2010 and held its grand opening in October the same year.
With the guiding principle of “creating and communicating an energetic art and culture of the people and the local region”, the museum holds exhibitions and engages in educational outreach and investigative research activities.  






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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150823szok_art.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.shizubi.jp/eng/







春信一番!写楽二番!(静岡市美術館)

Sanzang Fashi Xuanzang at Ryukoku Museum, Kyoto

Sanzang Fashi Xuanzang at Ryukoku Museum, Kyoto

11th August - 27th September, 2015 | Ryukoku Museum, Kyoto

The Ryukoku Museum exhibits a wide variety of cultural artifacts centered around Buddhism, taking into consideration the birth of Buddhism in India, the spread of Buddhism into Asia and the development of Buddhism in Japan.
Through these exhibits, the museum aims deepen the public's understanding of Buddhist culture as well as advancing academic research and communicating their achievements to society.  






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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150811rkok_art.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://museum.ryukoku.ac.jp/







三蔵法師 玄奘 ―迷いつづけた人生の旅路―(龍谷大学龍谷ミュージアム)

Aug 30, 2015

Koenji Awa Odori (Bon Dance), Suginami, Tokyo

Koenji Awa Odori (Bon Dance), Suginami, Tokyo

29th & 30th August, 2015 | Koenji, Suginami, Tokyo

The Koenji Awa-odori Dance has grown to be counted as a major summer event of Tokyo.

The 59th event this year is held under the title “Spreading Smiles,” named with hopes for the dancers’ smiles to invigorate and brighten up the people, and the whole area, of Koenji.
The 10,000 dancers and 1 million visitors will literally color the streets of Koenji a pure shade of awa-odori. (*reference: GO TOKYO - Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau)






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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150824koenji.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  ›› www.koenji-awaodori.com/








東京高円寺阿波おどり大会(東京都杉並区)

Super Yosakoi Dance Festival at Harajuku, Shibuya, Tokyo

Super Yosakoi Dance Festival at Harajuku, Shibuya, Tokyo

29th & 30th August, 2015 | at Harajuku, Shibuya, Tokyo

The Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri festival brings the traditional yosakoi dance from its birthplace of Kochi City to Harajuku Omotesando, a center of cutting-edge fashion.

One of the largest festivals in Tokyo, it features an energetic performance by some 5,000 dancers in about 100 participating teams that gather from all over Japan.   (*reference: GO TOKYO - Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau)  






# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150824genki.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.super-yosakoi.tokyo/






原宿表参道元氣祭 スーパーよさこい(東京都渋谷区)

Aug 29, 2015

Boze God Mask Festival, Akuseki Island, Tokara Village, Kagoshima

Boze God Mask Festival, Akuseki Island, Tokara Village, Kagoshima

29th August, 2015 | Akuseki Island, Tokara Village, Kagoshima

Boze Matsuri, Akusekijima.
A local variant of Japan's Bon festival, held yearly on the 16th of July in the old calendar -- meaning sometime between August and September.
The island's men dress up in bizarre, spectacular costumes made of palm leaves and husk, representing the Masked God Boze, and dance to scare away the devils and bring in a new year.   (*reference: Wiki)  







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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150820tokara.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.tokara.jp/profile/akuseki.html






ボゼ祭り(鹿児島県十島村悪石島)

Asakusa Samba Carnival in Taito ward in Tokyo

Asakusa Samba Carnival in Taito ward in Tokyo

29th August, 2015 | in Taito ward in Tokyo  

Asakusa Samba Carnival in Taito ward in Tokyo attracts around 500,000 people with music, dancing and drumming. It features a competition and shows with dancers from Brazil.  






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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150831asakusa.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.asakusa-samba.org/





浅草サンバカーニバル(東京)

Nippon Domannaka Matsuri (center of Japan Festival), Nagoya, Aichi

Nippon Domannaka Matsuri (center of Japan Festival), Nagoya, Aichi

28th - 30th August, 2015 | center of Japan, Nagoya City, Aichi Pref.

Nippon Domannaka Matsuri (Nippon Domannaka Festival), or Domatsuri for short, is the largest dance festival in the Chubu region.

The festival is held in mid-summer in the city of Nagoya, located in central Japan.
At the end of every August, dancers from all over Japan and abroad gather in Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture.
Their dances, along with original music and costumes flavored by their local cultural heritage, attract many viewers.  






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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150823nagoya.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.domatsuri.com/





 にっぽんど真ん中祭り(愛知県名古屋市)

Aug 28, 2015

Kanazawa Toryoe (Lantern, Food and Cultural Festival), Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Kanazawa Toryoe (Lantern, Food and Cultural Festival), Kanazawa, Ishikawa

28th - 30th August, 2015 | Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Pref.

Kanazawa Toryoe is one of a exhibition some prestigious in Kanazawa. Enjoy the emotion and atmosphere of this town through these variety of traditional works.  





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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150807kanazawa.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.toryoe.jp/





かなざわ燈涼会(石川県金沢市)

Goshinkousai at Hoko Jinja Shrine, Hokota City, Ibaragi Pref.

Goshinkousai at Hoko Jinja Shrine, Hokota City, Ibaragi Pref.

28th - 30th August, 2015 | Hokota City, Ibaragi Pref.  

The modern city of Hokota was established on October 11, 2005, from the merger of the former town of Hokota, and the villages of Asahi and Taiyō (all from Kashima District).  





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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150823hoko.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.k-hokota.com/






鉾神社御神幸祭(茨城県鉾田市)

Yotaka Andon Matsuri (lantern light parade), Numata Town, Hokkaido

Yotaka Andon Matsuri (lantern light parade), Numata Town, Hokkaido

28th & 29th August, 2015 | Numata Town, Hokkaido  
A Japanese festival where parade floats charge and fight.  






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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150823yotaka.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] 
http://www.town.numata.hokkaido.jp/section/nougyou/ujj7s30000001g7v.html






夜高あんどん祭り(北海道雨竜郡沼田町)

Aug 27, 2015

JAPAN DIY HOMECENTER SHOW 2015 at Makuhari Messe, Chiba

JAPAN DIY HOMECENTER SHOW 2015 at Makuhari Messe, Chiba

27th - 29th August, 2015 | at Makuhari Messe, Chiba

The show theme for the JAPAN DIY HOMECENTER SHOW 2015 is “Tomorrow is dreamy with DIY! - The world is full of dreams-”
Even though the tough economic conditions prolong, the show will welcome its 49th anniversary this year thanks to the exhibition by many companies and their cooperation.






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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150829diy.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.diy-show.jp/






ジャパン DIYホームセンターショウ(幕張メッセ)

Aug 26, 2015

Mikawa Isshiki Chouchin Matsuri (lantern-light parade), Nishio City, Aichi

Mikawa Isshiki Chouchin Matsuri (lantern-light parade), Nishio City, Aichi

26th - 27th August, 2015 | Nishio City, Aichi Pref.  

Nishio is situated on the northern coast of Mikawa Bay on the Pacific Ocean in southern Aichi Prefecture.
The city lies along the eastern bank of the Yahagi River. Sheltered by Chita Peninsula and Atsumi Peninsula, the local climate is mild.
Parts of the city lie within the borders of the Mikawa Wan Quasi-National Park.   (*reference: Wiki)  





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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150826isiki.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.aichi-kanko.jp/search/detail.asp?id=1488






三河一色大提灯まつり(愛知県西尾市)

Yoshida-no-Hi-Matsuri, or fire festival, of Fuji Sengen Shrine and Suwa Shrine, Fuji-Yoshida, Yamanashi Pref.

Yoshida-no-Hi-Matsuri, or fire festival, of Fuji Sengen Shrine and Suwa Shrine, Fuji-Yoshida, Yamanashi Pref.

26th - 27th August, 2015 | Fuji-Yoshida, Yamanashi Pref.

Yoshida-no-Hi-Matsuri, or fire festival, of Fuji Sengen Shrine and Suwa Shrine, Fuji-Yoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture, designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Assets, is held to mark the end of the Mt. Fuji climbing season.

A parade of two mikoshi (portable shrine) starts from Sengen Shrine to the otabisho (portable shrine resting place), and then to Hi-matsuri, the main event of this festival in which about 80 giant torches placed along the National Road No. 139 (near Fujisan-eki Station) are set on fire, is held.   (*reference: Japan Times)  






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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150826ysd.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  https://www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/...





吉田の火祭り(北口本宮冨士浅間神社と境内社諏訪神社)

Shinjo Matsuri Festival, Shinjo, Yamagata Pref.

Shinjo Matsuri Festival, Shinjo, Yamagata Pref.

24th - 26th August, 2015 | Shinjo, Yamagata Pref.

Shinjo Matsuri Festival, Shinjo, Yamagata Prefecture, with a 250-year history, is designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Assets.

The festival features a parade of floats bedecked with historical figures, castles and artificial flowers, going on the city's main streets.

Mikoshi (portable shrine) accompanied by people in traditional costumes starts from Tenman-gu Shrine, parading through the city.
Shishi-odori (local dance by men wearing deer-like hoods) to be dedicated to the shrine is performed in Mogami Koen Park , and on Minami Honcho-dori Street.  





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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150824snj.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://shinjo-matsuri.jp/





新庄まつり(山形県新庄市)

Aug 23, 2015

Gangara Hi-matsuri (fire festival), Ikeda City, Osaka

Gangara Hi-matsuri (fire festival), Ikeda City, Osaka

24th August, 2015 | Ikeda City, Osaka

Gangara Fire Festival (Gangara Himatsuri or Gangarabi) is the Ikeda's most traditional annual event. The torchlight procession that goes up to Atago Shrine (on the Mt.Satsuki) will be a good subject for photography. It is to be held in the evening of the 24th August.

On the same night, the Daimonji and the Dai-ichimonji Fires are to be lit on the south and west side of Mt. Satsuki.
These fires are considered sacred: They are the simbols of the prayer for the inner satisfaction and the world peace.

Daimonji means the letter of DAI (great or big) in ,while Dai-ichimonji means the letter of DAI and ICHI (big, great, and one).   (*reference: Ikeda City Tourism Association)   






# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150824ikeda.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.gangara.gr.jp/






 がんがら火祭り(大阪府池田市)

Teppo Matsuri (rifle shooting festival), Tanegashima Island, Kagoshima

Teppo Matsuri (rifle shooting festival), Tanegashima Island, Kagoshima

23rd August, 2015 | Tanegashima Island, Kagoshima Pref.  

Every year the people of Tanegashima go all out in the celebration of the Teppo Matsuri.
The gun festival, celebrates a very significant event that held very important implications for the whole of Japan.   (*reference: Kagoshima Internationalization Council)






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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150825teppo.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.kagoshima-kankou.com/






種子島鉄砲まつり(鹿児島県西之表市)

Shimokuro Komasekison Matsuri (naked festival), Fuefuki City, Yamanashi Pref.

Shimokuro Komasekison Matsuri (naked festival), Fuefuki City, Yamanashi Pref.

23rd August, 2015 | Fuefuki City, Yamanashi Pref.  

Fuefuki is located in central Yamanashi Prefecture. Just over 50% of the area of the city is covered in forest.  






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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150823fuefuki.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.city.fuefuki.yamanashi.jp/kanko/






下黒駒石尊祭り(山梨県笛吹市)

Aug 22, 2015

Wajima Summer Festival, Wajima City, Ishikawa Pref.

Wajima Summer Festival, Wajima City, Ishikawa Pref.

22nd - 25th August, 2015 | Wajima City, Ishikawa Pref.

Waijima Taisai is Wajima’s biggest summer festival.
The festival is actually a combination of the festivals of four different shrines in Wajima.

Wajima Taisai encompasses all the basics of a proper Noto festival into four days of celebration: mikoshi, portable shrines, taken out to sea; kiriko; a bonfire with a 12-meter pine torch; dancing and revelry in the streets.





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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150822wajima.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.wajimaonsen.com/event/78/post_2.html





輪島大祭(石川県輪島市)

Tsuruichi Hanagasa Hoko Matsuri, Nakatsu City, Oita

Tsuruichi Hanagasa Hoko Matsuri, Nakatsu City, Oita

22nd & 23rd August, 2015 | Nakatsu City, Oita  





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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150824turu.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.city-nakatsu.jp/





鶴市花傘鉾まつり(大分県中津市)

Chara & Hobi Market 2015 (Character & Hobby) at Makuhari Messe, Chiba

Chara & Hobi Market 2015 (Character & Hobby) at Makuhari Messe, Chiba

22nd & 23rd August, 2015 | at Makuhari Messe, Chiba  





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150831chara.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.chara-hobby.com/






キャラホビ(キャラクター&ホビーイベント)幕張メッセ

Hitachinaka Festival (summer fes.), Hitachinaka City, Ibaragi Pref.

Hitachinaka Festival (summer fes.), Hitachinaka City, Ibaragi Pref.

22nd & 23rd August, 2015 | Hitachinaka City, Ibaragi Pref.  





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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150824hitacinaka.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.hitachinaka-fes.com/






ひたちなか祭り(茨城県ひたちなか市)

Mantouren Gyoretu (lantern parade), Nagareyama City, Chiba Pref.

Mantouren Gyoretu (lantern parade), Nagareyama City, Chiba Pref.

22nd August, 2015 | Nagareyama City, Chiba Pref.  

Nagareyama is located in the far northwestern corner of Chiba Prefecture, bordered by the Edogawa River to the west.  






# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150822nagare.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://nagareyamakankou.com/






萬灯練行列(千葉県流山市)

Kasagake Matsuri (ice float parade), Midori City, Gunma Pref.

Kasagake Matsuri (ice float parade), Midori City, Gunma Pref.

22nd August, 2015 | Midori City, Gunma Pref.  

Midori is a city located in Gunma Prefecture, Japan.
The name "Midori-shi", literally means "Greenery City".
The modern city of Midori was established on March 27, 2006, from the merger of the town of Ōmama (from Yamada District), the town of Kasakake (from Nitta District), and the village of Azuma (from Seta District).   (*reference: Wiki)  






# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150824midori.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.city.midori.gunma.jp/






笠懸まつり(群馬県みどり市笠懸町)

Otsuka Awa Odori (Bon Dance), Otsuka, Toshima, Tokyo

 
Otsuka Awa Odori (Bon Dance), Otsuka, Toshima, Tokyo

22nd August, 2015 | Otsuka, Toshima, Tokyo  

The Otsuka Awa Odori (dance festival) has been held annually in late August since its start in Minami Otsuka in 1971.
More than 1,000 dancers participate every year, filling the community with excitement.
At the festival eve celebration on the day before the parade, there are ceremonies, and then each troupe demonstrates its Awa Odori dancing.

After the opening ceremony, the parade—which continues from around 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.—starts off with the Awa Odori dancing of each individual troupe.
More than 10 dance troupes participate every year and the evening is exciting for dancers and spectators alike.   (*reference: Toshima City Tourism Association)  






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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150824otuka.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.ohtsuka-awaodori.com/




大塚阿波踊り(東京都豊島区南大塚)

All Japan Fireworks Competition in Omagari in Akita Pref.

All Japan Fireworks Competition in Omagari in Akita Pref.

22nd August, 2015 | in Omagari in Akita  

Fireworks Competition in Omagari in Akita Prefecture features 15,000 fireworks an competitions in three categories including daylight fireworks.  





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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150824omagari.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.oomagari-hanabi.com/






全国花火競技大会「大曲の花火」(秋田県)

Aug 21, 2015

Guzuyaki Matsuri (fire festival), Kaga City, Ishikawa Pref.

Guzuyaki Matsuri (fire festival), Kaga City, Ishikawa Pref.

21st - 23rd August, 2015 | Kaga City, Ishikawa Pref.

Local young men spend a week constructing a giant Guzu Fish.
Building materials consist of wood, bamboo, and straw.
The Guzu fish stretches to about 7 or 8 meters.

The Guzu is then marched in a parade, heading for the local shrine where it is set on fire in a traditional ceremonial burning.   (*reference: STEPPING STONES ISHIKAWA)  





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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150827kaga.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.yataya.co.jp/08/event08-2






 ぐず焼き祭り(石川県加賀市)

Earth Celebration on Sado Island, Niigata Pref.

Earth Celebration on Sado Island, Niigata Pref.

21st - 23rd August, 2015 | on Sado Island, Niigata Pref.  

Earth Celebration on Sado Island is a musical event for musicians from all over the world hosted by the taiko drum group Kodo.
Guest in the past have included Korean dance groups, jazz musicians, Trinidad steel drum units and Balinese bamboo xylophone groups. The vent draws several thousand people.  






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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150823sado.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.kodo.or.jp/ec/






「アース・セレブレーション」新潟県佐渡島(小木地区)

Oeda Matsuri & Bon Dance at Hamamachi Park, Tokyo

Oeda Matsuri & Bon Dance at Hamamachi Park, Tokyo

21st & 22nd August, 2015 | Hamamachi Park, Tokyo  

* The Bon festival dance is an event enjoyed in groups at night during the season of Bon, the Buddhist festival for the dead held around the fifteenth of August (or July in some regions).






# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150823oedo.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  www.city.chuo.lg.jp/kurasi/komyunitei/ooedomaturi.html





大江戸まつり盆おどり大会(東京都中央区日本橋浜町 浜町公園)
 

Aug 20, 2015

The World of Nikuhitsu Ukiyo-e – Paintings of Beauty, Genre and Shunga, at Fukuoka Art Museum

The World of Nikuhitsu Ukiyo-e – Paintings of Beauty, Genre and Shunga, at Fukuoka Art Museum

8th August - 20th September, 2015 | Fukuoka Art Museum

Many Ukiyo-e masterpieces such as “Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji” and “The 53 Stations of the Tokaido” are made of color wood-block prints of “Nishiki-e”.

However, that is not the only kind of Ukiyo-e in the world.
Many Ukiyo-e artists painted “Nikuhihitsuga” (paintings) with brush, in other words, they are “Nikuhitsu Ukiyo-e”.  








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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150820fkok_art.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://ukiyoe-paintings.jp/english.html







「肉筆浮世絵の世界」福岡市美術館

Aug 19, 2015

SEKIGAHARA 2015 EXHIBITION at Fukuoka City Museum, Sawaraku, Fukuoka

SEKIGAHARA 2015 EXHIBITION at Fukuoka City Museum, Sawaraku, Fukuoka


7th August - 4th October, 2015 | Fukuoka City Museum, Sawaraku, Fukuoka  








# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150328edo.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://sekigahara2015.com/




  「大関ヶ原展」

Aug 18, 2015

Juhachiyasai (rain-making rituals) at Ryusenji Temple, Arita Town, Saga Pref.

Juhachiyasai (rain-making rituals) at Ryusenji Temple, Arita Town, Saga Pref.

18th August, 2015 | at Ryusenji Temple, Arita Town, Saga Pref.  






# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150818arita.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.arita.jp/






龍泉寺十八夜祭(佐賀県有田町)

Aug 17, 2015

Myoken Taisai (Summer Festival), Chiba City, Chiba Pref.

Myoken Taisai (Summer Festival), Chiba City, Chiba Pref.

16th - 22nd August, 2015 | Chiba City, Chiba Pref.

The Myoken Taisai Festival has been held every single year since 1127.

The festival features the carrying of portable shrines (mikoshi) through the city before finally returning to the Chiba Shrine, led by the rhythm of a giant taiko drum, whose sound (verbalized as “daran-daran” in Japanese) is the origin for the festival’s nickname, the Daradara Festival.  







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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150816chiba.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.chibajinja.com/540reisai.html







妙見大祭(千葉県千葉市)

Wakasugi Zanzaka Dance (old folk dance), Yabu City, Hyogo

Wakasugi Zanzaka Dance (old folk dance), Yabu City, Hyogo


16th August, 2015 | Yabu City, Hyogo  





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[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150816yabu.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] 
http://www2.cc22.ne.jp/otoya/4-gakuuchi/4-44wakasugizanzaka/4-44wakasugizanzaka-top.html




若杉ざんざか踊(兵庫県養父市)

Aug 16, 2015

Gozan Okiribi (Daimon-ji Yaki - enormous bonfires) in Kyoto

Gozan Okiribi (Daimon-ji Yaki - enormous bonfires) in Kyoto

16th August, 2015 | in Kyoto  

Daimon-ji Yaki in Kyoto features enormous bonfires lit on five mountains in the form of five Chinese characters and shapes.

The Chinese character for dai (“large”) measures 230 by 510 feet.
The other characters are Myo and Ho , which together form “the marvelous law of Buddha,” Torii (a Shinto Gate) and Funagata (the shape of a ship).

The fires are lit at 8:00pm and the best place to see them is from the banks of the Kamogawa River.

The rite is performed to pay respects to the souls if ancestors and guide them their trip back to the other world.

The origins of the rite is unknown.
It may date back to A.D. 815 when a monk started a bonfire to dispel the plague.  





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150816okiribi.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.kyokanko.or.jp/3dai/daimonji.html





五山送り火(大文字やき)京都

Summer Sonic (music festival), Tokyo & Osaka

Summer Sonic (music festival), Tokyo & Osaka

15th - 16th August, 2015 | Makuhari, Tokyo & Maishima, Osaka  

Summer Sonic is a music festival held at stadiums and arenas in Osaka and the Tokyo area. Performers have included various musicians and artists.  




# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150810sonic.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.summersonic.com/2015/







サマーソニック&ソニックマニア(東京:QVC マリンフィールド&幕張メッセ・ 大阪:舞洲サマーソニック大阪特設会場)

Aug 15, 2015

Sumida Street Jazz Festival, Kinshichou, Tokyo

Sumida Street Jazz Festival, Kinshichou, Tokyo

15th & 16th August, 2015 | Sumidaku, Tokyo

At the 32 venues around the Kinshicho Station, Oshiage Station and Tokyo Sky Tree, A total of 250 bands give performances.

Additionally, you can enjoy eating and drinking at the refreshment stands of Kinshi Park and Tokyo Sky Tree.  





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150817sumida.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://sumida-jazz.jp/sj/






すみだ・ストリート・ジャズ・フェスティバル(東京都墨田区)

Oishida Matsuri (Fireworks Display) in Yamagata Pref.

Oishida Matsuri (Fireworks Display) in Yamagata Pref.

15th & 16th August, 2015 | Mogamigawa riverside in Yamagata Pref.  

Fireworks Display in Yamagata features over 12,000 fireworks shot off over the Mogamigwa River in Sakata and lasting from 7:30pm to 9:00pm.  






# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150816oishida.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.town.oishida.yamagata.jp/....






大石田まつり(最上川花火大会)山形県

Bullfighting Convention, Oki Islands, Shimane Pref.

Bullfighting Convention, Oki Islands, Shimane Pref.

15th August, 2015 | Oki Islands, Shimane Pref.

The stunning Oki Islands are located 40 to 80 kilometers north of the Shimane Prefecture coastline.  






# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150815oki.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://visitshimane.com/?tag=oki







牛突き夏場所大会(島根県隠岐の島町)

Tug of War Competition, Tosa City, Kochi Pref.

Tug of War Competition, Tosa City, Kochi Pref.

15th August, 2015 | Tosa City, Kochi Pref.

Tosa is located in central Kōchi Prefecture, and faces the Shikoku Mountain Range to the north and Pacific Ocean to the south.
The Niyodo River flows through the Takaoka Plain in the town, where rice is grown.  






# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150817kochi.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.webkochi.net/kanko/sanpo54.php





大綱まつり(高知県土佐市)

Daimonji Okuribi (Mountain Fire Ceremony), Mt. Takamadoyama, Nara

Daimonji Okuribi (Mountain Fire Ceremony), Mt. Takamadoyama, Nara

15th August, 2015 | at Mt. Takamadoyama, Nara Pref.

Today, along with the burning of the Wakakusa-yama Hill conducted on January 15, this fire event in summer for sightseeing shows a serene and austere atmosphere of an ancient capital to the world.

A special ceremony is held in Tobihino, and Mt. Takamado is set on fire. The Chinese character “dai,” meaning “great,” symbolizes the universe.  






# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150815takamado.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://narashikanko.or.jp/en/





奈良大文字送り火(奈良市春日野町 高円山)

Mantouroue (Lantern Festival), Toudaiji Temple, Nara

Mantouroue (Lantern Festival), Toudaiji Temple, Nara

15th August, 2015 | at Toudaiji Temple, Nara Pref.

Those are lighted only nights of old new year in February and August 14, 15th(Chugen).
This traditional event called "Mantoro" is continuing for over 800 years. Fantactic lantern light floating on the dark fascinate people every ages.  





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150815toudaiji.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] 
http://www.todaiji.or.jp/contents/function/08mantoukuyoue.html






東大寺大仏殿 万燈供養会(奈良市雑司町)

Suwako Matsuri Fireworks Festival at Lake Suwa, Nagano Pref.

Suwako Matsuri Fireworks Festival at Lake Suwa, Nagano Pref.

15th August, 2015 | at Lake Suwa, Nagano Pref.  

Suwako Matsuri Fireworks Festival at Suwa, Nagano is one of the largest of its kind in Japan.
It features more than 40,000 fireworks set off over Lake Suwa.  






# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150815suwako.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.suwako-hanabi.com/index.html






諏訪湖祭湖上花火大会(長野)

Awa Odori (dancing parade festival), Yoshinogawa, Tokushima

Awa Odori (dancing parade festival), Yoshinogawa, Tokushima

14th - 16th August, 2015 | Kamoshima, Yoshinogawa, Tokushima Pref.  

A selection of well known dancing troupes from the area will come to perform on the streets of Kamojima.  






# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150814yoshi.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] 
http://www.awanavi.jp/docs/2013031301280/





吉野川 阿波踊り大会(徳島県吉野川市鴨島)

Aug 14, 2015

Bicchu Takahashi Matsuyama Dance, Okayama Pref.

Bicchu Takahashi Matsuyama Dance, Okayama Pref.

14th - 16th August, 2015 | Takahashi City, Okayama Pref.

The Bicchu Area is a wide area, spreading from Kurashiki City at the western end to Niimi City at the northern end.  






# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150814taka.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.takahasikanko.or.jp/






備中たかはし松山踊り(岡山県高梁市)

Kobayashi Dainenbutsu Kanko Odori (fire dance), Ise City, Mie Pref.

Kobayashi Dainenbutsu Kanko Odori (fire dance), Ise City, Mie Pref.

14th - 16th August, 2015 | Ise City, Mie Pref.
“Kanko Odori” is “odori” or dance with “kanko.”
“Kanko” is an old Asian musical instrument.

It is believed to have been introduced to Japan through India, China and Korea around the Nara period (710^784).

This dance has been seen in many areas since ancient times, but it is preserved only in Michikata and Iseji now.





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150815ise.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://welcome.kankomie.or.jp/






小林大念仏かんこ踊り(三重県伊勢市)

Mantourou (Lantern Festival) at Kasuga Taisha Shrine in Nara Pref.

Mantourou (Lantern Festival) at Kasuga Taisha Shrine in Nara Pref.

14th - 15th August, 2015 | at Kasuga Taisha Shrine in Nara Pref.

Lantern Festival at Kasuga Taisha Shrine in Nara features the lighting of 3,000 stone lanterns and hanging bronze lanterns at the shrine, producing a wonderful glowing atmosphere.





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150814kasuga.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] 
http://www.kasugataisha.or.jp/calendar/summer08.html






中元万燈籠(ちゅうげんまんとうろう)春日大社(奈良)

Fire Ring Festival, Ohinata, Nanmoku Village, Gumma Pref.

Fire Ring Festival, Ohinata, Nanmoku Village, Gumma Pref.

14th & 15th August, 2015 | Ohinata, Nanmoku Village, Gumma Pref.  

This is famous for being the largest remaining fire festival in the prefecture. On the Ohinata Bridge, people burn straw on the end of two to three meter ropes and spin them around.

The floating rings of fire create a mystical scene in the darkness.   (*reference: Tourist Guide of GUMMA Prefecture)  




# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150814ohinata.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.nanmoku.ne.jp/





大日向の火とぼし(群馬県甘楽郡南牧村大日向)

Uwajima Bullfighting Convention, Uwajima City, Ehime Pref.

Uwajima Bullfighting Convention, Uwajima City, Ehime Pref.

14th August, 2015 | Uwajima City, Ehime Pref.  

There is oral communication that the fishermen of Fukuura rescued the Netherlands ship which was drifting about Uwakai about the origin of bullfighting in the second half of the 17th century, and two cows presented as the greeting started by having fought by chance, the angle of a cow is automatically compared in a field from a farmer building the strong Japanese beef for farming at the Kamakura period, and there is also an opinion of having made this into amusement.

If bullfighting carries out from it being the spontaneous thing to depend on the combative instinct of a cow, you should think that the origin started with introduction of the cow for farming.





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150814bull.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.tougyu.com/





「定期闘牛大会」愛媛県宇和島市和霊町

Aug 13, 2015

Shanshan Matsuri (Umbrella Dance Festival) in Tottori Pref.

Shanshan Matsuri (Umbrella Dance Festival) in Tottori Pref.

13th - 15th August, 2015 | in Tottori Pref.  

The Shan-Shan Festival is the largest festival in Tottori.
For its main attraction, about 4,000 participants perform the dance.

The origin is said to be a ritual rain-making dance carried on for centuries.
The bells attached to the umbrellas make the sound of "shan-shan," so the dance was named the Shan-Shan Umbrella Dance.  





# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150810shanshan.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://tottori-shanshan.jp/






鳥取しゃんしゃん祭

Kammon Kaikyo Fireworks Festival at Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi

Kammon Kaikyo Fireworks Festival at Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi

13th August, 2015 | at Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi

Kammon Kaikyo Fireworks Festival at Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture features 13,000 fireworks.  






# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150813kanmon.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://hanabi.moji-retro.com/






関門海峡花火大会(山口県下関市)