10 Popular Festival In Japan
Japan is one of the most festivals celebrated country in the world. traditionally Japan celebrating a variety of festivals throughout the year.
1. Awa Odori
Japan’s largest dance festival is Awa Odori. It has attracted 1.3 million tourists every year. Awa is the old feudal administration name to Tokushima Prefecture, and Odori means dance. From 12 to 15 August this Dance Festival is also held as part of the Obon festival in Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku in Japan.
2. Gion Matsuri
Gion Matsuri is one of the popular festivals in Japan. This Festival takes place annually in Kyoto. It lasts for the full month of July and culminates in a parade, the Yamaboko Junko on July 17 and July 24. The name of it takes from the Gion district of the city.
3. Nada-no Kenka Matsuri
Nada no Kenka is a famous festival in Japan. it is a festival where three mikoshis and seven Yatai actually battle each other. Held at Matsubara Hachiman Temple in Himeji City, in the southern part of Hyogo Prefecture, every year October's two-day annual event concludes with a big wrestling match, where teams fight against each other, with over two tonnes of weight-bearing temples.
4. Kanda Matsuri
Kanda Matsuri is another famous festival in Japan. The Festival of Kanda Matsuri is one of the three best Shinto festivals of Tokyo in Japan, along with the Fukagawa Matsuri and Sanno Matsuri. This festival started in the early 17th century as a celebration of Tokugawa Ieyasu's decisive victory at the battle of Sekigahara. The current form of this festival is also held in honor of the kami of Kanda Myojin.
5. Independence Day
Independence Day or National Foundation Day is a national holiday in Japan celebrated annually on February 11. That day, the foundation of Japan was celebrated by Emperor Zimmu based on Nihon Shoki, where it is said that Emperor Zimmu ascended the throne on the first day of the first month.
6. Sapporo Snow Festival
Sapporo Snow is one of the largest festivals in winter in Japan. The Sapporo Snow is a festival that is held annually in Sapporo, Japan, over seven days in February. The main sites of the festival are Odori Park, Susukino, and Tsudome.
7. Kochi Yosakoi Matsuri
Yosakoi Matsuri is a festival in the city of Kochi, Japan. Yosakoi is a unique style of dance that originated in Japan and that is also performed at festivals and events all over the country. This is the original Yosakoi festival, held every August since 1954. In this festival, teams of dancers and floats crowd to dance the Yosakoi Naruko dance together. Since its inception, Yosakoi has become popular across Japan.
8. Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri
The Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri is the most thrilling festivals in Japan. Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri starts in Kishiwada City, Osaka, in mid-September. Danjiri is wooden floats, many of that are heavier than 3000 kg. People pull their huge floats at breakneck speeds, with the team leaders hopping and dancing on top of the floats.
9. Tenjin Matsuri
Tenjin Matsuri is held annually in Osaka on July 24 and July 25. it is a large festival in summer. The festival includes traditional parades, Shinto shrine-related events, and a spectacular fireworks display.
10. Tanabata Matsuri
Tanabata is a Japanese festival which is also known as the Star Festival. Tanabata Japanese meaning "Evening of the seventh". it is originating from the Chinese Qixi Festival. It celebrates the union of Orihime and Hikoboshi gods presented by Vega and Altair, in respectively. The date of Tanabata changes by region of the country, but the first festival begins in July of the Gregorian calendar. The celebrations took place on different days from July to August.