Many festivals are unique to Japan.

Many festivals are unique to Japan
Many festivals are unique to Japan

Many festivals are unique to Japan.  Here are some of them: In fact, reading this article will help you understand the beauty of Japan.

1.HINAMATSURI

HINAMATSURI is an annual festival in Japan known as Doll’s Day or Girls’ Day. HINA MATSURI is celebrated on March 3 every year.  It is one of the five seasonal festivals in Japan. The main tradition of the HINA MATSURI ceremony is as follows. There is an altar covered with a red carpet (DAN-KAKE). Inside the house is a pavilion of HINA NINGYO – HINA dolls (fancy Japanese dolls) dressed in traditional Heian costumes.

HINA dolls are quite expensive.  They are usually inherited from family for generations.  Also, grandparents often gift HINA doll sets to family girls as soon as they are born.

Families in Japan usually begin setting up HINA altars in mid-February.  But once HINAMATSURI is finished, make sure to discard it.  This is because the dolls are damaged when exposed to the rainy season in March. But the old belief is that if the altar is not removed after the day is over, it will be difficult for the daughters of that family to get married.

HINAMATSURI is also usually celebrated with parties for little girls.  Especially traditional sweets like Hina-are, Chirashi-zushi, Hishi-mochi are made.

2. Sapporo Snow Festival

The Sapporo Snow Festival is held every February for a week in Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido.  It is one of the most popular winter festivals in Japan.

 The Sapporo Snow Festival was started in 1950.  It started with a group of high school students erecting several snow statues in Odori Park.  Since then, it has grown into a major commercial event, with a number of spectacular snow and ice sculptures on display.  The festival attracts over two million visitors from Japan and around the world.

 The snow festival is staged in three regions.  These are the Odori site, the Suzukino site, and the Tsu Dom site.

The main site is the Odori Site in Sapporo, located in the center of the 1.5 km long Odori Park.  Among the most famous large snow sculptures at the festival are snow sculptures over 25 meters wide and 15 meters high.  The lights on the ice sculptures are lit until around 10 pm throughout the festive week.

There are large snow sculptures.  The Odori site displays more than a hundred small snow statues.  It hosts several concerts and shows.  Many of them use ice sculptures as their platform. Many of them use ice sculptures as their platform.  

 The Suzuki site is the largest entertainment district in Sapporo, displaying over a hundred ice sculptures.

The Tsu Dom site is an area where the whole family can have fun.

3.Awa Odori

Famous Dancing Festival in Tokushima, Japan

The festival takes place in mid-August in the city of Tokushima.  It is one of the most popular dance festivals in Japan.  Awa is the name given to Tokushima Prefecture in ancient times. The word Odori means dance.

This dance festival has a history of about 400 years.

4.Osaka Temmangu

Osaka Tenmangu Church is also known as Thema No Tenjin-Sun and a Shinto Church in Osaka. One of the Tenmangu was founded in Osaka in 949.

Osaka Tenmangu portrays Sugavara No Michigan, the goddess of scholarship. It is a popular place for students to pray for good results in their exams or studies.

It is one of the three largest festivals in Japan.  The Tenzin Festival is held annually from July 24 to July 25.

5.Tanabata Festival

Tanabata is the Star Festival.  This falls on July 7. As this day approaches, houses will be decorated and used

The colorful paper called tanzaku is long, narrow strips, ornate ornaments, and other decorative bamboo twigs.

The main feature of the festival is the writing of one’s wishes and hopes on these colorful papers.  They plant bamboo trees in shopping malls, railway stations, and other public places and hang their wishes.  At tanzaku, a child’s dream of becoming a well-known football player as well as parents’ hopes for career success are written.

Bamboo has become part of the Tanabata tradition because of its tendency to grow straight and tall.  They believe that the wind that blows upwards carries hope to heaven.

Tanabata is one of Japan’s five traditional seasonal festivals.

According to legend, Orihime was married to Hikoboshi, a hard-working shepherd.  Then they began to neglect their duties. The Emperor of Heaven and the Father of the Bride were enraged. They were banished to opposite directions in the Milky Way.  The two are allowed to meet again on July 7 each year.  The Tanabata Festival was created to celebrate this meeting.

The three most famous and largest Tanabata festivals in Japan are Sendai Tanabata Matsuri in Miyagi prefecture, Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Matsuri in Kanagawa prefecture, and Anjo Tanabata matsuri in Aichi prefecture.

Soman is the traditional dish of the Star Festival.  A type of long thin noodles.  This evolved from the woven Chinese confectionery known as Sakurai in Japanese.  The intertwined fibers in them symbolize the Milky Way and Orihime’s weaving.

6.The legend of the lucky cat.

Cats are one of the most beloved pets in Japan.  The “lucky cat” originated in Japan and is now a world-famous legend. Many cat-related festivals, museums, and various forms of entertainment such as song and dance have been created in Japan.

There are so many different festivals in Japan. Let’s talk about that in another article.

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