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.

Nov 072012
Peaceful festival of fight – Mori-no Matsuri in Shizuoka

In the late Edo period, in 19th century, during the festival in a small town of Mori on Akiha Kaido road, a riot broke out. Since that time, the festival has been called kenka matsuri – festival of fight.

Once a very violent festival, since 1970s is actively promoting safety. And indeed it is safe, even despite litres of alcohol poured into participants’ throats.