May 25, 2017

Yushima Tenjin Sai at Yushima Tenjin Shrine and others, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

Yushima Tenjin Sai at Yushima Tenjin Shrine and others, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

26th - 28th May, 2017 | Yushima Tenjin Shrine and others, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Annual Festival of the shrine. Mikoshi parade through the neighborhood, and edosato-kagura (Shinto dance with music) is performed several times a day.  














# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170523ysm.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.yushimatenjin.or.jp/pc/eng-page/english.htm

















湯島天神祭(東京都文京区)

May 24, 2017

Yushima Tenjin Sai at Yushima Tenjin Shrine and others, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

Yushima Tenjin Sai at Yushima Tenjin Shrine and others, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

26th - 28th May, 2017 | Yushima Tenjin Shrine and others, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Annual Festival of the shrine. Mikoshi parade through the neighborhood, and edosato-kagura (Shinto dance with music) is performed several times a day.  













# For the details, please access to the followings site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170523ysm.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.yushimatenjin.or.jp/pc/eng-page/english.htm














湯島天神祭(東京都文京区)

Takigi Noh (Open-air Noh performances), Kofukuji and Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Nara

Takigi Noh (Open-air Noh performances), Kofukuji and Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Nara

26th - 27th May, 2017 | at Kofuku-ji and Kasuga Taisha Shrine in Nara  
Nara Takigi Noh at Kofuku-ji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine in Nara features traditional Noh theater performances lit by burning torches.  









# For the details, please access to the followings site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170517noh.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.kohfukuji.com/event/festival/07.html














薪御能と塔影能(奈良・興福寺)

May 23, 2017

Kobe Festival, Kobe, Hyogo

Kobe Festival, Kobe, Hyogo

21st May, 2017 | Kobe, Hyogo  
The whole city bursts into a festive mood with festivities in each ward across the city, including the festival parade starting in front of Flower Road, Samba Street, and the flower stage.  














# For the details, please access to the followings site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170518kb.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.kobe-matsuri.com/         
















『神戸まつり』兵庫県神戸市中央区三宮

Sendai Aoba Matsuri (dancing parade), at Sendai City, Miyagi Pref.

Sendai Aoba Matsuri (dancing parade), at Sendai City, Miyagi Pref.

20th - 21st May, 2017 | at Sendai City, Miyagi Pref.
The Aoba Festival, originally called the Sendai Festival, started 350 years ago after the completion of the city's Toshogu Shrine by clan leader Date Tadamune, Like all Toshogu Shrines, they were built to honor the legendary leader that united the country: Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Years later when Aoba Shrine was built to remember the founder of Sendai, Date Masamune, people slowly started to start call the celebration Aoba Festival.

Today, you'll see the history, tradition, and a little magic by some colorful characters that make the festival the unforgettable experience that it is.  













# For the details, please access to the followings site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170518aooba.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.aoba-matsuri.com/index.html
















仙台・青葉まつり(宮城県)

May 22, 2017

Sanja Matsuri at Asakusa Shrine, Tokyo

Sanja Matsuri at Asakusa Shrine, Tokyo

19th - 21st May, 2017 | at Asakusa Shrine, Tokyo
Sanja Matsuri is one of Tokyo's three great festivals. Held near the Asakusa Kannon Temple it features processions of over 100 Omikoshi, portable shrines.

The three-day festival climaxes on the final day with around 10,000 men dressed in happis chanting “Soiya! Soiya!” around the three Honja mikoshi said to carry three festival gods enshrined in Asakusa Shrine.

The festival attracted 1.5 million people everytime.  














# For the details, please access to the followings site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170517asakusa.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.sanjasama.jp/

















三社祭(浅草神社例大祭)東京都台東区

Sanja Matsuri at Asakusa Shrine, Tokyo

Sanja Matsuri at Asakusa Shrine, Tokyo

19th - 21st May, 2017 | at Asakusa Shrine, Tokyo
Sanja Matsuri is one of Tokyo's three great festivals. Held near the Asakusa Kannon Temple it features processions of over 100 Omikoshi, portable shrines.
The three-day festival climaxes on the final day with around 10,000 men dressed in happis chanting “Soiya! Soiya!” around the three Honja mikoshi said to carry three festival gods enshrined in Asakusa Shrine.
The festival attracted 1.5 million people everytime.  













# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170517asakusa.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.sanjasama.jp/













三社祭(浅草神社例大祭)東京都台東区

May 21, 2017

Sanja Matsuri at Asakusa Shrine, Tokyo

Sanja Matsuri at Asakusa Shrine, Tokyo

19th - 21st May, 2017 | at Asakusa Shrine, Tokyo
Sanja Matsuri is one of Tokyo's three great festivals. Held near the Asakusa Kannon Temple it features processions of over 100 Omikoshi, portable shrines.

The three-day festival climaxes on the final day with around 10,000 men dressed in happis chanting “Soiya! Soiya!” around the three Honja mikoshi said to carry three festival gods enshrined in Asakusa Shrine.

The festival attracted 1.5 million people everytime.  










# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170517asakusa.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.sanjasama.jp/












三社祭(浅草神社例大祭)東京都台東区

Kobe Festival, Kobe, Hyogo

Kobe Festival, Kobe, Hyogo

21st May, 2017 | Kobe, Hyogo  
The whole city bursts into a festive mood with festivities in each ward across the city, including the festival parade starting in front of Flower Road, Samba Street, and the flower stage.  












# For the details, please access to the followings site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170518kb.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.kobe-matsuri.com/         















『神戸まつり』兵庫県神戸市中央区三宮

Mifune Matsuri (parade of ancient boats), Arashiyama, Kyoto

Mifune Matsuri (parade of ancient boats), Arashiyama, Kyoto

21st May, 2017 | Ooi River, Arashiyama, Kyoto
Arashiyama is the second-most important sightseeing district in Kyoto.
It’s filled with temples and shrines, but the star attraction is the famed Arashiyama Bamboo Grove.  












# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170519mifune.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.kurumazakijinja.or.jp/         














三船祭(京都嵐山)

River Crossing Festival, Tagawa City, Fukuoka Pref.

River Crossing Festival, Tagawa City, Fukuoka Pref.

20th & 21st May, 2017 | Tagawa City, Fukuoka Pref.
The origin of one of Japan’s best-loved mining songs, Tagawa City has been at the center of the Chikuho area’s cultural and economic life as an important mining town since the1945.  











# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170518tagawa.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://kawawatari.com/












川渡り神幸祭(風治八幡宮・福岡県田川市)

Okinawa Matsuri 2017 at Yoyogi Park, Tokyo

Okinawa Matsuri 2017 at Yoyogi Park, Tokyo

20th & 21st May, 2017 | Yoyogi Park, Tokyo
Tokyo will hear the rhythm of shima-uta (island songs) and other Okinawa tunes drifting across Yoyogi Park as it hosts the annual Okinawa Matsuri.

Okinawan street music performed by groups from the island is just one of the attractions of this festival, which aims to bring a little bit of the beach-side spirit to the metropolis.  











# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170510okifes.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://okifes.tokyo/         















OKINAWAまつり in 代々木公園

Sendai Aoba Matsuri (dancing parade), at Sendai City, Miyagi Pref.

Sendai Aoba Matsuri (dancing parade), at Sendai City, Miyagi Pref.


20th - 21st May, 2017 | at Sendai City, Miyagi Pref.
The Aoba Festival, originally called the Sendai Festival, started 350 years ago after the completion of the city's Toshogu Shrine by clan leader Date Tadamune, Like all Toshogu Shrines, they were built to honor the legendary leader that united the country:
Tokugawa Ieyasu. Years later when Aoba Shrine was built to remember the founder of Sendai, Date Masamune, people slowly started to start call the celebration Aoba Festival.

Today, you'll see the history, tradition, and a little magic by some colorful characters that make the festival the unforgettable experience that it is.  












# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170518aooba.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.aoba-matsuri.com/index.html         















仙台・青葉まつり(宮城県)

Takinou (traditional plays put on outdoors with light supplied by bonfires) at Narita-san Temple, Chiba

Takinou (traditional plays put on outdoors with light supplied by bonfires) at Narita-san Temple, Chiba

20th May, 2017 | at Narita-san Shinshouji Temple, Chiba
Naritasan (Naritasan Shinshoji Temple) is a large and highly popular Buddhist temple complex in Narita City, not far from Narita Airport.
It is a great site to visit if you have three or more hours to spend around the airport and wish to catch a glimpse of historic Japan.  











# For the details, please access to the followings site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170518narita.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.nrtk.jp/lang/en/














成田山薪能(成田山新勝寺)千葉県

May 20, 2017

Mikuni Matsuri (doll float), Mikuni Town, Sakai City, Fukui Pref.

Mikuni Matsuri (doll float), Mikuni Town, Sakai City, Fukui Pref.

19th - 21st May, 2017 | Mikuni Town, Sakai City, Fukui Pref.  
Sakai is a city located in Fukui Prefecture, Japan. It lies to the north of Fukui City.  










# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170519fuki.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.mikunijinja.jp/maturi00.html













『三国祭り』三國神社(福井県坂井市三国町)

Sanja Matsuri at Asakusa Shrine, Tokyo

Sanja Matsuri at Asakusa Shrine, Tokyo

19th - 21st May, 2017 | at Asakusa Shrine, Tokyo
Sanja Matsuri is one of Tokyo's three great festivals. Held near the Asakusa Kannon Temple it features processions of over 100 Omikoshi, portable shrines.

The three-day festival climaxes on the final day with around 10,000 men dressed in happis chanting “Soiya! Soiya!” around the three Honja mikoshi said to carry three festival gods enshrined in Asakusa Shrine.

The festival attracted 1.5 million people everytime.  











# For the details, please access to the followings site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170517asakusa.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.sanjasama.jp/













三社祭(浅草神社例大祭)東京都台東区

The Black Ship Festival at Shimoda Port and others, Shimoda City, Shizuoka

The Black Ship Festival at Shimoda Port and others, Shimoda City, Shizuoka

19th - 21st May, 2017 | Shimoda Port and others, Shimoda City, Shizuoka
Kurofune Matsuri (Black Ship Festival) started in 1934 is an international event that brings together Japanese and Americans and promotes friendly relations between the two nations.

This festival was originally named after the historical event in 1854 when the U.S. Commodore Matthew C. Perry came to Shimoda by seven Black Ships (kurofune in Japanese) in order to demand the opening of Japanese ports to the foreign countries.  













# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170517simoda.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.shimoda-city.info/event/kurofune.html













黒船祭(静岡県下田市)

May 19, 2017

Sanja Matsuri at Asakusa Shrine, Tokyo

Sanja Matsuri at Asakusa Shrine, Tokyo

19th - 21st May, 2017 | at Asakusa Shrine, Tokyo
Sanja Matsuri is one of Tokyo's three great festivals. Held near the Asakusa Kannon Temple it features processions of over 100 Omikoshi, portable shrines.

The three-day festival climaxes on the final day with around 10,000 men dressed in happis chanting “Soiya! Soiya!” around the three Honja mikoshi said to carry three festival gods enshrined in Asakusa Shrine.

The festival attracted 1.5 million people everytime.  










# For the details, please access to the followings site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170517asakusa.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.sanjasama.jp/         














三社祭(浅草神社例大祭)東京都台東区

Sakata Matsuri (Big Shishi Float), Sakata City, Yamagata Pref.

Sakata Matsuri (Big Shishi Float), Sakata City, Yamagata Pref.

19th - 21st May, 2017 | Sakata City, Yamagata Pref.  
Sakata is a city in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan.  











# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170519sakata.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.sakata-kankou.com/event/80





















『酒田まつり(山王祭)』山形県酒田市

May 18, 2017

Uchiwamaki (Fan Throwing Festival) at the Toshodaiji Temple in Nara

Uchiwamaki (Fan Throwing Festival) at the Toshodaiji Temple in Nara

19th May, 2017 | at the Toshodaiji Temple in Nara
Toshodaiji was founded in the year 759 by Ganjin, a Chinese priest who was invited to Japan by the emperor in order to train priests and improve Japanese Buddhism.  













# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170519uchiwa.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.kasugano.com/kankou/spring/uchiwamaki.html         














唐招提寺 うちわまき(奈良)

Uchiwamaki (Fan Throwing Festival) at the Toshodaiji Temple in Nara

Uchiwamaki (Fan Throwing Festival) at the Toshodaiji Temple in Nara

19th May, 2017 | at the Toshodaiji Temple in Nara
Toshodaiji was founded in the year 759 by Ganjin, a Chinese priest who was invited to Japan by the emperor in order to train priests and improve Japanese Buddhism.  











# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170519uchiwa.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.kasugano.com/kankou/spring/uchiwamaki.html














唐招提寺 うちわまき(奈良)

May 17, 2017

International Jewellery Kobe 2017 at Kobe International Exhibition Hall, Hyogo

International Jewellery Kobe 2017 at Kobe International Exhibition Hall, Hyogo

17th - 19th May, 2017 | at Kobe International Exhibition Hall, Hyogo  
With 430 companies from over 20 countries expected to exhibit, IJK is western Japan's largest jewellery trade show. 
A wide range of jewellery products and related products such as materials and services will gather under one roof. In recent years, a surge in overseas buyers especially from nearby Asian countries are adding much buzz to the show.












# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170522jewellery.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.ijk-fair.jp/en/Home/














IJK 2017 - 神戸国際宝飾展(神戸国際展示場)

Iwase Hikiyama Matsuri (Fighting Float Festival), Toyama City, Toyama

Iwase Hikiyama Matsuri (Fighting Float Festival), Toyama City, Toyama

17th - 18th May, 2017 | Toyama City, Toyama Pref.
Toyama is served by Toyama Airport and Toyama Station of West Japan Railway Company, with Toyama Light Rail, Toyama Chiho Railway.  












# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170517toyama.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www8.city.toyama.toyama.jp/kanko/
















岩瀬曳山車祭(富山市岩瀬地区)

May 16, 2017

Spring Festival at Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Tochigi Pref.

Spring Festival at Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Tochigi Pref.

17th - 18th May, 2017 | at Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Tochigi Pref.
Spring Festival at the Toshuga Shrine in Nikko features a parade of 1,200 people in elaborate samurai costumes.  












# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170517nikko.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.toshogu.jp/
















日光東照宮 春季大祭(栃木県日光市)

Beauty World Japan at Tokyo Big Sight, Ariake, Tokyo

Beauty World Japan at Tokyo Big Sight, Ariake, Tokyo

15th - 17th May, 2017 | at Tokyo Big Sight, Ariake, Tokyo  
Since its start in 1998, Beautyworld Japan has been recognized by all the professionals of the beauty and Spa industries as the most important event for encountering innovative products & information and the latest trends in Japan.

Holding semiannual fairs in Tokyo (May) and Osaka (October), Beautyworld Japan offers the best possible opportunities for both exhibitors and visitors to meet face to face with business partners from inside and outside Japan in a timely manner.  











# For the details, please access to the followings site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170513beauty.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.beautyworldjapan.com/












ビューティーワールド ジャパン(東京ビッグサイト)

May 15, 2017

Aoi Matsuri in Kyoto, the world's oldest festival

Aoi Matsuri in Kyoto, the world's oldest festival

15th May, 2017 | at the Kamigamojinja and Shimogamojinja shrines, Kyoto
Aoi Matsuri in Kyoto has been called the world's oldest festival. Held at the Kamigamojinja and Shimogamojinja shrines, it features a procession with 600 or so men, women and children dressed in costumes like those worn by nobles and members of the Imperial court in the Heian Period (794-1185).
The men wear white or grey tunics with wedge shaped black hats and women wear bright orange kimonos.

Also featured in the procession are huge decorated carts pulled by oxen with orange-colored yokes and costumed riders on horseback that shoot arrows at three targets 100 meters apart while riding at a full gallop.
The festival gets its name from the aoi or hollyhock leaves carried by the participants.

The festival dates back to a time when Kyoto was often ravaged by floods and local people asked the gods for help. When relief appeared the people showed their thanks by throwing a festival.

The central act of the festival is the offering of aoi leaves as a sign of respect to gods of Kamigamo and Shimogama shrines.













# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170515aoi.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://kanko.city.kyoto.lg.jp/














「葵祭(賀茂祭)」下鴨神社・上賀茂神社(京都市)

Fushiki Hikiyama Matsuri (Battle of Traditional Float), Fushiki Shrine, Takaoka, Toyama

Fushiki Hikiyama Matsuri (Battle of Traditional Float), Fushiki Shrine, Takaoka, Toyama

15th May, 2017 | at Fushiki Shrine, Takaoka City, Toyama Pref.  
Fushiki Hikiyama Festival in Takaoka in Toyama Prefecture is popular festival that has been held at Fushiki Shrine since the Edo period.

Also known as the kenkayama (“fighting floats”), festival, it features a procession of floats hung with up to 360 beach-ball-size lanterns.

The floats are carried on wooden carts with huge wooden wheels and weigh 10 tons and are eight meters high. Spectators cheer whenever the floats collide.  











# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170515fushiki.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.kenkayama.jp/         

















「伏木曳山祭(ふしきひきやま)けんか山」富山県高岡市

May 14, 2017

2017 May Grand Sumo Tournament, at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo

2017 May Grand Sumo Tournament, at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo

14th - 28th May, 2017 | at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo
Sumo is a Japanese style of wrestling and Japan's national sport.
It originated in ancient times as a performance to entertain the Shinto gods. Many rituals with religious background are still followed today.

Advance tickets are sold at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Ticket Pia, convenience stores and so on. Unreserved-seat tickets are sold on the day at the hall from 8 a.m. every day during the tournament period, on a first-come, first-served basis. The number of the tickets is limited to 350 daily.  










# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170510sumo.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.sumo.or.jp/eng/index.html














大相撲5月場所(両国国技館)

Raigou-e-siki at Tokushouji Temple, Arida City, Wakayama

Raigou-e-siki at Tokushouji Temple, Arida City, Wakayama

14th May, 2017 | Arida City, Wakayama
The main industries in Arida and the surrounding areas are oil refining and fishing.
In addition, Arida is famous as one of the largest producers of mikan or Japanese mandarins in Wakayama Prefecture.
Arida's sister city in the US is Delano, California.  











# For the details, please access to the followings site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170514arida.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.pref.wakayama.lg.jp/         














糸我得生寺の来迎会式(和歌山県有田市)

Nerikuyo-Eshiki (stage event) at Taimadera Temple, Katsuragi, Nara

Nerikuyo-Eshiki (stage event) at Taimadera Temple, Katsuragi, Nara

14th May, 2017 | Taimadera Temple, Katsuragi, Nara
Nerikuyo-eshiki of Taima-dera taken place every 14th May, a date when Chujo-hime departed off to the Land of Ultimate Bliss. Masks were replaced with new ones in 2005 after the 1,000th anniversary of the service the year before.  










# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170514taima.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.city.katsuragi.nara.jp/index.cfm/14,2657,43,211,html













『當麻寺練供養会式(聖衆来迎練供養式)』奈良県葛城市當麻

Nerikuyo-Eshiki (stage event) at Taimadera Temple, Katsuragi, Nara

Nerikuyo-Eshiki (stage event) at Taimadera Temple, Katsuragi, Nara

14th May, 2017 | Taimadera Temple, Katsuragi, Nara
Nerikuyo-eshiki of Taima-dera taken place every 14th May, a date when Chujo-hime departed off to the Land of Ultimate Bliss.
Masks were replaced with new ones in 2005 after the 1,000th anniversary of the service the year before.   











# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170514taima.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.city.katsuragi.nara.jp/index.cfm/14,2657,43,211,html















『當麻寺練供養会式(聖衆来迎練供養式)』奈良県葛城市當麻

May 13, 2017

Miyazu Matsuri (Float Parade with Drum), Miyazu City, Kyoto

Miyazu Matsuri (Float Parade with Drum), Miyazu City, Kyoto

13th - 15th May, 2017 | Miyazu City, Kyoto
Every year in May the local Miyazu Festival takes place in the downtown and surrounding neighborhoods of Miyazu City.

For the three days of the festival, portable shrines belonging to the major shrines in the city are pulled through the streets accompanied by taiko drummers beating out rhythms on taiko drum floats, and traditional flutists.

Dancers performing traditional Shinto dances known as Kagura also follow the steam of floats, stopping occasionally to perform their dances.

On the third and final day of the festival the city’s inhabitants converge in the streets of the downtown area as stalls selling festival food and games open in the evening among the performances.












# For the details, please access to the followings site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170513miyazu.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.amanohashidate.jp/sp/miyazumatsuri/

















宮津祭(京都府宮津市)

Shigesa Odori Parade (Fishermans warf festival), Oki Island, Shimane Pref.

Shigesa Odori Parade (Fishermans warf festival), Oki Island, Shimane Pref.

13th May, 2017 | Oki Island, Shimane Pref.
The Okis consist of four inhabited islands – Oki Dougo (the biggest island, Okinoshima Town) and Oki Douzen (three smaller islands – Nishinoshima Town, Ama Town and Chibu Village), as well as numerous uninhabited smaller islands.

This volcanic rock island group is part of the “Daisen Oki Kokuritsu Kouen” (Daisen-Oki National Park. The Oki Islands were registered as a National GeoPark on 28th October 2009.  











# For the details, please access to the followings site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170511oki.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.town.okinoshima.shimane.jp/











しげさ踊りパレード(島根県隠岐郡隠岐の島町)

May 12, 2017

Atami Kaijo Hanabi Taikai (Fireworks Display)

Atami Kaijo Hanabi Taikai (Fireworks Display)

13th May, 2017
Atami Kaijo Hanabi Taikai or Fireworks Display over Atami Beach, Atami, Shizuoka Pref., is scheduled from 8:20 pm to 8:45 pm (about 3,000 fireworks).










# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170412atami.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.ataminews.gr.jp/hanabi/
















熱海海上花火大会

International Roses & Gardening Show at Seibu Dome, Saitama

International Roses & Gardening Show at Seibu Dome, Saitama

12th - 17th May, 2017 | at Seibu Dome, Saitama  
The International Roses & Gardening Organization Committee (Mainichi Newspapers/NHK/Sports Nippon Newspapers) has been holding the “International Roses & Gardening Show” every year since 1999.

The largest event of its kind in Japan, it showcases roses and beautiful gardening from all around the world.

The goal of this event is to introduce the many charms of roses and gardening to all the people looking for a new lifestyle, and to foster cultural rediscovery through co-existence with nature.

The show has received high international praise as a one of a kind event.  











# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170511rose.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.bara21.jp/



















国際バラとガーデニングショウ(西武ドーム)

May 11, 2017

Himeji Oshiro Matsuri at around Himeji Castle, Himeji City, Hyogo

Himeji Oshiro Matsuri at around Himeji Castle, Himeji City, Hyogo

12th - 14th May, 2017 | around Himeji Castle, Himeji City, Hyogo
Festival features a "Grand Parade" including brass-bands, Miss Oshiro (Beauty Queens), taiko (Japanese drum), folk dancing and a warriors' parade of 1,500 townspeople, and so-odori (folk dancing parade by 1,000 townspeople).  












# For the details, please access to the followings site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170520himej.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.city.himeji.lg.jp/contents/oshirofes/


















姫路お城まつり

Himeji Oshiro Matsuri at around Himeji Castle, Himeji City, Hyogo

Himeji Oshiro Matsuri at around Himeji Castle, Himeji City, Hyogo

12th - 14th May, 2017 | around Himeji Castle, Himeji City, Hyogo
Festival features a "Grand Parade" including brass-bands, Miss Oshiro (Beauty Queens), taiko (Japanese drum), folk dancing and a warriors' parade of 1,500 townspeople, and so-odori (folk dancing parade by 1,000 townspeople).  












# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170520himej.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.city.himeji.lg.jp/contents/oshirofes/


















姫路お城まつり

May 10, 2017

Himeji Oshiro Matsuri at around Himeji Castle, Himeji City, Hyogo

Himeji Oshiro Matsuri at around Himeji Castle, Himeji City, Hyogo

12th - 14th May, 2017 | around Himeji Castle, Himeji City, Hyogo
Festival features a "Grand Parade" including brass-bands, Miss Oshiro (Beauty Queens), taiko (Japanese drum), folk dancing and a warriors' parade of 1,500 townspeople, and so-odori (folk dancing parade by 1,000 townspeople).  











# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170520himej.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.city.himeji.lg.jp/contents/oshirofes/












姫路お城まつり

Kanda Festival (parade with 200 portable shrines) at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo

Kanda Festival (parade with 200 portable shrines) at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo

11th - 17th May, 2017 | at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo  
Kanda Festival at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo features a parade with 200 portable shrines and people dressed in replicas of 9th and 11th century costumes.  











# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170509kanda.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.kandamyoujin.or.jp/         













「神田神社大祭(神田まつり)」東京都千代田区外神田

May 9, 2017

Kanda Festival (parade with 200 portable shrines) at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo

Kanda Festival (parade with 200 portable shrines) at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo

11th - 17th May, 2017 | at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo  
Kanda Festival at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo features a parade with 200 portable shrines and people dressed in replicas of 9th and 11th century costumes.  










# For the details, please access to the followings site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170509kanda.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.kandamyoujin.or.jp/











「神田神社大祭(神田まつり)」東京都千代田区外神田

Kanda Festival (parade with 200 portable shrines) at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo

Kanda Festival (parade with 200 portable shrines) at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo

11th - 17th May, 2017 | at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo  
Kanda Festival at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo features a parade with 200 portable shrines and people dressed in replicas of 9th and 11th century costumes.  












# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170509kanda.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.kandamyoujin.or.jp/         

















「神田神社大祭(神田まつり)」東京都千代田区外神田

May 8, 2017

Kanda Festival (parade with 200 portable shrines) at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo

Kanda Festival (parade with 200 portable shrines) at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo

11th - 17th May, 2017 | at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo  
Kanda Festival at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo features a parade with 200 portable shrines and people dressed in replicas of 9th and 11th century costumes.  













# For the details, please access to the followings site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170509kanda.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.kandamyoujin.or.jp/













「神田神社大祭(神田まつり)」東京都千代田区外神田

Ukai (Cormorant Fishing) on the Nagara River, Gifu Pref.

Ukai (Cormorant Fishing) on the Nagara River, Gifu Pref.

11th May - 15th October, 2017 | on the Nagara River, Gifu Pref.
Cormorant Fishing is carried out on the Nagari River near Gifu.
The cormorants have ropes tied around their legs and are used by fisherman to catch small fish in the river. It is only done at night and lanterns are used to attract the fish.  









# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170511nagara.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.gifucvb.or.jp/sightseeing/ukai.php














長良川鵜飼(岐阜県)

May 7, 2017

Hobby Show 2017 at Twin Messe, Shizuoka

Hobby Show 2017 at Twin Messe, Shizuoka

11th - 14th May, 2017 | at Twin Messe, Shizuoka  
Shizuoka Hobby Show is being held at Twin Messe Shizuoka in Shizuoka, Japan.
As always, the show focuses on hobby products being released this spring and summer 









# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170516hobby.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.hobby-shizuoka.com/








静岡ホビーショー(ツインメッセ)

May 6, 2017

Jagamaita (Snake Festival) at Mamada Hachiman Shrine, Oyama City, Tochigi Pref.

Jagamaita (Snake Festival) at Mamada Hachiman Shrine, Oyama City, Tochigi Pref.

5th May, 2017 | at Mamada Hachiman-gu Shrine, Oyama City, Tochigi Pref.
Oyama is above all a major train junction, and most visitors won't stop much longer than it takes to change trains.

However, one of the minor thrills of Oyama is to stand on the Shinkansen platform and watch the through-trains barrel past at full throttle and full volume on the middle tracks away from either platform.  












# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170505jagamaita.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.mamada-hachiman.jp/














『間々田のジャガマイタ』(通称『蛇まつり(じゃまつり)』)間々田八幡宮(栃木県小山市)

Bonden Matsuri at Shirahige Shrine, Sumidaku, Tokyo

Bonden Matsuri at Shirahige Shrine, Sumidaku, Tokyo

5th May, 2017 | at Shirahige Shrine, Sumidaku, Tokyo
Sumida is in the northeastern part of the mainland portion of Tokyo. The Sumida and Arakawa are the major rivers, and form parts of its boundaries.  














# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170505sumida.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://members2.jcom.home.ne.jp/sirahige/sirahige/














ぼんでん祭(白鬚神社―東京都墨田区)

Yabusame at Sengen Shrine in Fujinomiya City, Shizuoka Pref.

Yabusame at Sengen Shrine in Fujinomiya City, Shizuoka Pref.

4th - 6th May, 2017 | at Sengen Shrine in Fujinomiya City, Shizuoka Pref.  
Yabusame features 15th century style mounted archery at Sengen Shrine in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture.  













# For the details, please access to the followings site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170504fujinomiya.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]
http://www.city.fujinomiya.shizuoka.jp/kankou/llti2b00000018vy.html














「流鏑馬(やぶさめ)祭り」浅間大社(静岡県富士宮市)

Makura Matsuri as colorful carp banners, at Hine-Jinja Shrine, Izumisano City, Osaka

Makura Matsuri as colorful carp banners, at Hine-Jinja Shrine, Izumisano City, Osaka

4th - 5th May, 2017 | at Hine-Jinja Shrine, Izumisano City, Osaka
The old temple which was on the name at Engishiki and Kokunai Jimmyo-cho, and Soja of Hineno・Kaminogo・Nagataki district in Izumisano city, Hineno.

The deity is Emperor Jimmu's father・ugayafukiaezunomikoto, and mother・Tamayorihime.
One of the 5 shrine in Izumi country(Otori, Izumianash, Hijiri, Tsugawa, Hine).

Hineno became kujo family's manor in Kamakura period, advance the development such as pond and waterway were made, then Hineno shrine was called Oiseki Daimyojin.

But shinto shrine was destroyed by fire by Hideyoshi in Tenshou era 4(1576). Current shinto shrine was rebuilt by Hideyori in Keichou era 5(1600)(prefectural Designated Cultural Property).

Makura festival takes place every May is the character of festival that put colorful pillows to banner, and parade in village.
Yu festival in July is dedicated 5 shrines lead dance.  










# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170504makura.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.rinku.zaq.ne.jp/hine-jinja/sairei.html













まくら祭り(日根神社―大阪府泉佐野市日根野)

May 5, 2017

Tado Matsuri (yabusame & horse riding up stairs), Kuwana City, Mie

Tado Matsuri (yabusame & horse riding up stairs), Kuwana City, Mie

4th - 5th May, 2017 | at Tado-Jinja Shrine, Kuwana City, Mie
The main event for the festival is a horse jumping event.
The horses are ridden by young males around the ages of 17–19 representing the six sections of the city. The horses run up a hill before trying to jump over a two-meter high wall.

On the first day, each area's representative jumps over the wall twice for a total of 12 jumps. On the second day, each representative only makes one attempt for a total of six jumps.

Other events follow the horse jumping on the second day, including yabusame, a form of archery.

This event was named one of Mie Prefecture's Designated Intangible Cultural Properties in 1978.  









# For the details, please access to the followings site;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170504tado.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.tadotaisya.or.jp/














「上げ馬神事」多度大社(三重県桑名市)

Johana Hikiyama Matsuri (float parade), Nanto City, Toyama Pref.

Johana Hikiyama Matsuri (float parade), Nanto City, Toyama Pref.

4th - 5th May, 2017 | Nanto City, Toyama Pref.
The city takes its name from its relative location to the neighboring city Tonami, the south—"nan" (南) in Japanese—and the first syllable of the neighboring city's name—"to" (砺).

Geographically, the city contains numerous rivers, valleys, mountains and lakes, as well as abundant level ground for rice paddies.  










# For the details, please access to the followings site;


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170504nant.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.tabi-nanto.jp/event/post_11.html













『城端曳山祭』富山県南砺市