A small, local festival held to celebrate the girls who sacrificed themselves to save the village from the disasters of the Yodo river (now the Nakatsu river).
It takes place on February 20th every year and maintains the traditional style of the time. It has been designated an Intangible Folk Cultural Asset of Osaka prefecture and is a great small festival to attend.
From a jetty jutting into Lake Biwa from the scenic Matsubara Beach in Hikone City, “bird men” – mildly insane people in human powered flying machines – will attempt to fly as far as possible into the lake. The event […]
The historic town of Hita in Oita prefecture is venue for the Hita Gion Matsuri in late July. Gion festivals are held throughout Japan in July, but each brings a touch of local flavor with lavishly decorated floats and traditional […]
The Beppu Fire Sea Festival (Beppu hi no umi matsuri) runs over three days at the end of July culminating in one of Kyushu’s biggest fireworks displays on the final day. The festival features a yatai (open air food stand) […]
A large traditional festival which welcomes summer, the festivities stretch over two days and contains some great unique performances. The first day is demon payment day, aka Yahikobaba, and there is a mikoshi parade through the town. On the second […]