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Guide to traditional festivals/events in Japan

Japan is considered one of the countries which have a long-standing culture that carries with it many of the unique and original features of oriental culture. The unique festivals in Japan are the traditional festivals of this country.

 

When you come to Japan in the fall, you will be attending a true traditional festive atmosphere. In this season, Japanese people hold numerous festivals across the country which expressing gratitude for a bountiful harvest. You will enjoy countless local dishes and artisanal crafts in these traditional festivals

 

1. Taiiku-no-hi Sports Festival:

 

Japan celebrates Taiiku no Hi on the second Monday in October.

Japan celebrates Taiiku no Hi on the second Monday in October.

 

There are many festivals in Japan that take place in the autumn, such as the "Taiiku-no-hi" (sports festival) which is held on the second day of the second week of October (two years after the Olympic Games). October was chosen to hold a festival to avoid the rainy season in Japan. This is considered the national important day. In Japan, sports are held in schools and towns, raising the awareness of protecting the health of the people.

 

2. Bunkano-hi cultural festival:

 

Cultural Day (November 3) is the anniversary day of the birth of Emperor Meiji (1852-1912). Emperor Meiji was the first emperor to hold power for a long time, coming from a royal family. But the shogunate government abolished the imperial rule in Japan in 1868. Japan has since developed and entered the modern world. After his death, his birthday was chosen as the "Cultural Festival".

 

"Bunkano-hi" or the Japan Culture Festival is organized to promote the country's colorful culture. There are many art performances, parades and awards for artists, who have contributed to the culture of Japan.

 

Shichi-go-san is one of the most important festivals for Japanese children

Shichi-go-san is one of the most important festivals for Japanese children

 

3. Shichi-go-san children's festival:

 

On November 15, there is the "Shichi-go-san" festival. This is traditional festival for children from 3, 5, 7 years old. Families with children of that age will go to temples, pagodas to pray for health, looking forward to the growing of their baby. Kids wear kimono and are given "chitose-ame" meaning long candy stands for longevity.

 

For Japanese parents, this has always been a joyful occasion, as witnessed by another ritual that proves that his beloved son has grown up.

 

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4. Festival in Tanagura town

 

Autumn festival in Tanagura town is held in Shirakawa city in Fukushima province. The festival is held on the 12th to 13th of October and has a history of nearly 200 years. At this festival, people will stand on the boats to beat the drums and dance.

 

Warai Matsuri or Nyu Festival, the festival traces its origins to a legend.

Warai Matsuri or NyuFestival, the festival traces its origins to a legend.

 

5. Warai Matsuri:

 

In addition, the "Warai Matsuri" festival in Hidakagawa, Kawayama P rovince, will be held on October 12th. The Warai Matsuri laugh festival is derived from an ancient legend. According to legend, the god Niutsuhime no mikoto was asleep, so he was late for the festival and was mocked by other gods. Because of that, the festival was born and became one of the most exciting festivals in Japan.

 

This festival is quite special, a ceremonial leader leads the parade, followed by a long nose spear called "tengu", the demon "oni" in succession will be the "sasaramai" dance group. They shout "laugh, laugh". When they arrived at the temple gate, everyone burst into laughter.