Taking place in the picturesque Kiso township of Nagano Prefecture, the Mikoshi Matsuri is an annual event involving approximately 100 wooden mikoshi (portable, shoulder-borne shrines). The mikoshi, weighing up to 375 kilograms, are carried and flipped (!) end over end by groups of men.
The climax of the festival is in the evening of the 23rd, but if you’re there on the evening of the 22nd, you can enjoy a fireworks display.
The Nagasaki Tall Ship Festival takes place in April each year in the spectacular backdrop of Nagasaki Harbor. Typically the event features a number of square rigged tall ships with their billowing sails providing a romantic glimpse into the bygone […]
Held at Tanzan Jinja Shrine both in spring and August, the Kemari Festival features beautiful processions, rituals and eventually a game of kemari. Wearing colorful robes from the 7th century, the priests enter the shrine and eventually play the traditional […]
Taking place every year on the the birthday of Showa-Emperor Hirohito, this festival has parades, processions and even a flea market. Forced to spend alternate years in the ancient capital, the Daimyo (local lords) would create grandiose displays to out-do […]
A horseback archery display between the trees, this is an impressive feat of skill on show in Kyoto once a year. Taking place annually on the third of May, this event takes place in the run up to Kyoto’s Aoi […]