Apr 172013

Your ads will be inserted here byEasy Plugin for AdSense.Please go to the plugin admin page toPaste your ad code OR Suppress this ad slot. Toyotomi Hideyoshi – unifier and an unquestionable leader of the late 16 century Japan – was born into a low ranking family. Supported by powerful warlord Oda Nobunaga he moved […]

Apr 152013
Nagahama Hikiyama Matsuri - children kabuki theater

Kodomo kabuki (“children kabuki”) performances are the highlight of the festival in Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture. Every year on April 15th, children perform theatrical plays on movable stages.

Like in real kabuki theater, boys perform both male and female roles and like in real kabuki, they fully engage in their acting. They even have a loud claque applauding their appearances and poses.

Apr 142013
Daigoji cherry blossom viewing

Over 400 years ago, a big and elaborate cherry blossom viewing party was held in Daigoji Temple by Toyotomi Hideyoshi – then the most powerful man in Japan. To commemorate the event, every year a festival with historical parade and art performances is organized in the same place.

Mar 012013
Sagicho Matsuri - fire festival in Omihachiman

Sagicho Matsuri in Omi-Hachiman City dates back to medieval times. It is said that Oda Nobunaga (a powerful warlord who ruled Japan in 16th century) enjoyed this festival himself.

It is one of the most crazy Japanese festivals requiring laborious preparations of the decorations only to burn them in one evening.

Feb 192013
Naked festival in Okayama - Saidaiji Hadaka Matsuri

“Naked festival” in Okayama started over 500 years ago. At midnight an amulet was dropped from one of the temple buildings and the person who snatched it would have a prosperous year.

Interestingly at first the festival had nothing to do with nudity. Some old drawings show pilgrims fighting for the amulet fully dressed. Only after competition became more fierce, they started to take clothes off not to damage them.

Feb 102013
Sapporo Snow Festival

Snow Festival in Sapporo needs no introduction. Every year almost 20 teams from different countries take part in snow sculpture contest.

The largest installations are prepared by Japanese Self-Defense Forces.

Feb 062013
Asuka Onda Matsuri - rice, fertility and ...spanking

Onda Matsuri and Ta-asobi—literally playing in the field—are one of the oldest festivals in Japan. They are being held in winter or early spring.

They are a way to preserve and passing the knowledge of rice cultivation from generation to gemeration. During such festival in shrine a pantomime of planting rice on the field is performed with the active participation of children.