May 31, 2017

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.

1st - 5th June, 2017 | 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.”  












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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170606shirone.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)

Kyoto Takigi Noh at Heian Shrine in Kyoto

Kyoto Takigi Noh at Heian Shrine in Kyoto

A graceful musical theater performed at night in a symbolic shrine of Kyoto, 1st & 2nd June, 2017 | at Heian Shrine in Kyoto
Kyoto Takigi Noh at Heian Shrine in Kyoto features traditional noh theater performances lit by burning torches.

Noh, which is the most ancient form of musical theater in Japan, is performed in the evening darkness amid the illumination of the burning torches.

Heian Jingu Shrine, where the stage is set up, is a famous shrine built as a partial reproduction of the palace constructed in 794, and its red torii gate at the entrance serves as a symbol of Kyoto.

Many people gather to watch the Noh performances in an atmosphere evocative of the ancient capital. (*reference: JNTO)











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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170601heian.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://kanko.city.kyoto.lg.jp/         













京都薪能(きょうとたきぎのう)平安神宮。京都市・京都能楽会主催。

May 30, 2017

Kifune Matsuri at Kifune Jinja Shrine, Kyoto

Kifune Matsuri at Kifune Jinja Shrine, Kyoto

The scene of an ancient boat party on a river is reproduced by some 20 boats in the town of Kyoto
1st June, 2017 | Kifune Jinja Shrine, Kyoto

The scene of a boat party on a river from 1,000 years ago is reproduced by some 20 boats on the Oigawa River flowing through Arashiyama in Kyoto. Every year, 100,000 tourists come to view this graceful spectacle. 

This is an event organized by the Kurumazaki Shrine standing close to the river, and originates in a ceremony that was held upon receiving the Emperor on his visit to this land. 

After a ritual held at the shrine at noon, people dressed in ancient costumes proceed along the beautiful Togetsukyo Bridge and board the boats. 


Their costumes are very colorful, and you will also see cute little children who are dressed in kimono, too. Also interesting are the boats which have dragon heads or birds' heads designed on the prow. 

Each boat has its assigned role, for example, there is a boat carrying musicians who play music, while dance performances are given on another boat, or poetry is recited on a different boat. 

Sensu fans of all colors are floated on the water surface by ladies dressed in 12 layers of kimono known as juni-hitoe, producing a most exquisite and graceful spectacle. 

Kurumazaki Shrine is also well-known for its patron deity of the performing arts. It is therefore visited by many famous stars who come here to offer prayers so that they can give better stage performances or rise in popularity. 


If you wish to sing or dance better, it might be a good idea to pay a visit to this shrine. (*reference: JNTO)












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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170601kifune.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] 
https://kanko.city.kyoto.lg.jp/detail.php?InforKindCode=2&ManageCode=1000232         

















『貴船祭』京都市左京区鞍馬貴船町

Kifune Matsuri at Kifune Jinja Shrine, Kyoto

Kifune Matsuri at Kifune Jinja Shrine, Kyoto

The scene of an ancient boat party on a river is reproduced by some 20 boats in the town of Kyoto
1st June, 2017 | Kifune Jinja Shrine, Kyoto

The scene of a boat party on a river from 1,000 years ago is reproduced by some 20 boats on the Oigawa River flowing through Arashiyama in Kyoto. 

Every year, 100,000 tourists come to view this graceful spectacle. 
This is an event organized by the Kurumazaki Shrine standing close to the river, and originates in a ceremony that was held upon receiving the Emperor on his visit to this land. 

After a ritual held at the shrine at noon, people dressed in ancient costumes proceed along the beautiful Togetsukyo Bridge and board the boats. 


Their costumes are very colorful, and you will also see cute little children who are dressed in kimono, too. Also interesting are the boats which have dragon heads or birds' heads designed on the prow. 

Each boat has its assigned role, for example, there is a boat carrying musicians who play music, while dance performances are given on another boat, or poetry is recited on a different boat. Sensu fans of all colors are floated on the water surface by ladies dressed in 12 layers of kimono known as juni-hitoe, producing a most exquisite and graceful spectacle. 

Kurumazaki Shrine is also well-known for its patron deity of the performing arts. 


It is therefore visited by many famous stars who come here to offer prayers so that they can give better stage performances or rise in popularity. 

If you wish to sing or dance better, it might be a good idea to pay a visit to this shrine. (*reference: JNTO)










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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170601kifune.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]
https://kanko.city.kyoto.lg.jp/detail.php?InforKindCode=2&ManageCode=1000232         











『貴船祭』京都市左京区鞍馬貴船町

May 29, 2017

Rice-Planting Festival at O-yamazumi Jinja Shrine, O-mishima Island, Imabari, Ehime

Rice-Planting Festival at O-yamazumi Jinja Shrine, O-mishima Island, Imabari, Ehime

30th May, 2017 | at O-yamazumi Jinja Shrine, O-mishima Island, Imabari, Ehime
The Seto Inland Sea is a shallow sea separating the island of Shikoku from Honshu, the main island of Japan.
A chain of large and small islands straddles the sea between Imabari in Ehime, and Onomichi in Hiroshima.
This route is linked by the Shimanami Kaido, an expressway with spectacular suspension bridges over the sea passages.  












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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170613imabari.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.go-shimanami.jp/         














大山祇神社御田植祭(愛媛県今治市大三島町)

Itoman Harlee (boat race) at Itoman Fishery Harbour, Okinawa Pref.

Itoman Harlee (boat race) at Itoman Fishery Harbour, Okinawa Pref.

29th May, 2017 | at Itoman Fishery Harbour, Okinawa Pref.
Harley gong resounds, and the rainy season of southern country is over - It is beginning of festival of heroic men 

           
It is said that the rainy season is over when Harley gong sounds from old days, but we thank blessing of the sea every year in district among Itoman fishing ports in Itoman on May 4 of the old calendar and pray for more big catch and voyage security, and heroic Itoman Harley is performed.

Itoman Harley is the lord of a castle of Tomigusuku in old times (is said to be both 450 years ago and 580 years ago now), and is said that told this ground by event that Ouso Ou that it was King Minamiyama later saw in China, and settle in people local for one of two biggest annual functions of Itoman along with Itoman general rules pull performed now on August 15 in the old calendar, and is grand as festival of the only sea. (*reference: City of Itoman)











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


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170612itoman.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.city.itoman.lg.jp/kankou-navi/         

















糸満ハーレー(沖縄県糸満市)

May 28, 2017

Yabusame (shooting of arrows while riding horses) at Furudono Town, Fukushima

Yabusame (shooting of arrows while riding horses) at Furudono Town, Fukushima

28th May, 2017 | at Furudono Town, Fukushima Pref.
Furudono is located in southern portion of Fukushima prefecture. The town is surrounded by forests and mountains.  












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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170526furudono.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.town.furudono.fukushima.jp/         














流鏑馬大会春の陣 (福島県古殿町)

Iris Festival at Suigo Itako Park, Ibaraki Pref.

Iris Festival at Suigo Itako Park, Ibaraki Pref.

27th May - 25th June, 2017 | at Suigo Itako Park, Ibaraki Pref.  
Itako is a city located in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.  












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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170518itako.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.e-tabi.org/








水郷潮来あやめまつり(茨城県潮来市あやめ)

May 27, 2017

Aion Pe-Ron Matsuri (fireworks & fishermans festival), Aioi City, Hyogo

Aion Pe-Ron Matsuri (fireworks & fishermans festival), Aioi City, Hyogo

27th & 28th May, 2017 | Aioi City, Hyogo
Aioi is a city located between Himeji and Okayama, in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.  











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


[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170522peron.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.city.aioi.lg.jp/site/pe-ron/












相生ペーロン祭(兵庫県相生市)

Tokyo Minato Festival - Stage Event and Fire Resque demonstration - at Harumi Wharf

Tokyo Minato Festival - Stage Event and Fire Resque demonstration - at Harumi Wharf

27th - 28th May, 2017 | at Harumi wharf, Tokyo
Tokyo Minato Matsuri is held in and around the Harumi Passenger Ship Terminal. The festival welcomes visitors to myriad attractions including a publicity corner for organizations associated with the Port of Tokyo, and “Firefighters Pageant on the Water” by the Tokyo Fire Department.  















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

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170525minato.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.tokyoport.or.jp/minato69/













東京みなと祭(東京都中央区晴海)

May 26, 2017

Design Festa, Art Event at Tokyo Big Sight

Design Festa, Art Event at Tokyo Big Sight

27th - 28th May, 2017 | at Tokyo Big Sight, Ariake, Tokyo  
Design Festa is a biannual international art event, at which everyone can exhibit as long as its original. 10,000 artists exhibit, buy and sell their works in a variety of mediums turning this two day event into artistic chaos!

Artworks filled with creative spirit, converge within a vast spider's web of innovative energy, theatrical art, culinary cuisine, spur of the moment impromptu performances cutting edge fashions, catwalk shows and so much more.

Challenge yourself by walking through the Design Festa art world.  












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

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














デザイン・フェスタ(東京ビッグサイト)

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 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)

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