Nov 30, 2017

Koga Chouchin Saomomi Matsuri (Paper Lantern with long Banboo Stick), Ibaragi

Koga Chouchin Saomomi Matsuri (Paper Lantern with long Banboo Stick), Ibaragi

2nd December, 2017 | at Koga JR Station, Koga City, Ibaragi Pref.
During the Chouchin Saomomi Festival (literally “Paper Lantern Bamboo Pole Festival”), groups from Koga city each hoist a lantern on top of a bamboo pole nearly 20m high and jostle to extinguish other groups’ lanterns.
The festival is believed to have originated in the Edo period in the Koga domain (present day Nogi in Tochigi Prefecture), where the Shinto priest of Nogi Shrine would ride around the seven villages that were part of the shrine’s territory on horseback, proudly bearing a kamihoko spear, one of Nogi Shrine’s goshintai (an object of worship believed to contain a deity).
When he returned to the shrine in the early morning on December 3, his welcoming party, who carried lanterns, would ward off the cold until the priest arrived by tussling with each other. It is said that the original name of the festival was Okaeri, or ‘welcome back’.  






# For the details, please access to the followings site;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] www.goldenjipangu.com/171207chochin.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.kogakanko.jp/chochin/













「古河提灯竿もみまつり」茨城県古河市

KABUKI! Kichirei Kaomise Kougyo (kabuki All Stars), at Minami-za Theater, Kyoto

KABUKI! Kichirei Kaomise Kougyo (kabuki All Stars), at Minami-za Theater, Kyoto

1st - 18th December, 2017 | at Minami-za Theater, Kyoto  
Kabuki is a classical Japanese dance-drama. Kabuki theatre is known for the stylization of its drama and for the elaborate make-up worn by some of its performers.   (*reference: Wiki)  










# For the details, please access to the followings site;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/171130minamiza.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.kabuki-bito.jp/theaters/kyoto/
















吉例顔見世興行(京都四条南座)

Nov 29, 2017

Shimotsuki Matsuri (winter festival), at Touyama Village, Iida City, Nagano Pref.

Shimotsuki Matsuri (winter festival), at Touyama Village, Iida City, Nagano Pref.

1st to 15th December, 2017 | at Touyama Village, Iida City, Nagano Pref.
This matsuri includes a kagura performance featuring a kamado (a cooking-stove) on which water is boiled.  




# For the details, please access to the followings site;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] www.goldenjipangu.com/171213simotuki.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.tohyamago.com/simotuki/index.php













遠山の霜月祭(長野県飯田市)

Nagoya Antique Fair at Fukiage Hall, Nagoya City, Aichi

Nagoya Antique Fair at Fukiage Hall, Nagoya City, Aichi


Over 200 stalls to explore at Chubu area’s largest antique’s fair. From kimonos and armour to toys and retro items, a wide range of both Japanese and Western antiques will be on sale.   (*reference: Nagoya International Center)  




# For the details, please access to the followings site;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/170501nagoyaantique.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.nagoyakottousai.com/















名古屋骨董祭(名古屋市吹上ホール)

Nov 28, 2017

Kencha-kai (Tea Ceremony) at Kitano Tenmangu, Kyoto

Kencha-kai (Tea Ceremony) at Kitano Tenmangu, Kyoto

1st December, 2017 | at Kitano Tenmangu, Kyoto
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is one of the most important of several hundred shrines across Japan that are dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, a scholar and politician who was unfairly exiled by his political rivals.
A number of disasters were attributed to Michizane's vengeful spirit after his death in exile, and these shrines were built to appease him.  



# For the details, please access to the followings site;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
www.goldenjipangu.com/171201kencha.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]













献茶祭(北野天満宮 京都市上京区)

Nov 27, 2017

Katsurai-sai at Shiogama Jinja Shrine, Shiogama City, Miyagi Pref.

Katsurai-sai at Shiogama Jinja Shrine, Shiogama City, Miyagi Pref.

1st December, 2017 | at Shiogama Jinja Shrine, Shiogama City, Miyagi Pref.
Although much more rarely used, there is also a third form of 'Shiogama', taking as its first kanji the old character for salt "鹽". The only incidence of this form in contemporary use is at Shiogama Jinja "鹽竈神社".   (*reference: Wiki)  







# For the details, please access to the followings site;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/171201siogama.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.shiogamajinja.jp/annualevent/












嘉津良比祭(宮城県塩竈市 鹽竈神社)