The Sumiyoshi Matsuri (festival) happens over three days in and around Osaka’s Sumiyoshi Taisha shrine.
The highlight is the nagoshi harai shinji ritual which happens on the middle day. The ritual involves participants (women and children) processioning through a straw rope ring wearing Muromachi period costume.
The parade of mikoshi (portable shrines) takes place on the last day of the festival. The mikoshi leave Sumiyoshi and proceed to Shukuin Tongu shrine in neighboring Sakai City.
A horse festival in Iwate Prefecture in which approximately 100 elaborately costumed horses are ridden and led from Onikoshi Sozen Shrine in Takizawa to Morioka Hachimangu Shrine. The name comes from the onomatopoeic ‘chagu chagu’ sound that the bells worn […]
Taking place in Odori Park, Sapporo, this team dance event has been a fixture of the Hokkaido summer event calendar since 1992. Yosakoi is a form of team-based dancing that originated in the 1950s as a modern form of the […]
This festival takes place on June 24th each year at Izawanomiya (Izawa Shrine) – one of the 123 shinto shrines that makes up the giant Ise Grand Shrine complex in Mie Prefecture. Additionally, it’s yet another officially recognised intangible cultural […]
The Himeji Yukata festival is the oldest festival of its type in Japan, dating back more than 260 years. Yukata are the light and often very bright kimonos worn in Japan during the summer months. While yukata are a part […]