Autumn Festivals in Japan Part 2
In Japan, from long ago, there is a culture to dedicate offerings to God in spring and autumn. It has been passed down for generations, and kept as a “festival” that the natural features of a region strongly remain. Especially autumn festivals are held in many places in Japan on a large scale. In our second special feature, we will introduce the festivals will be held at famous sightseeing spots in Osaka, Hida Takayama, and Nagasaki. Why not adding them to your travel itinerary Japan?
A powerful and thrilling festival with intense heat wrapping up in the town -- “Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri” (Osaka)
Kishiwada, located between Osaka city and Kansai International Airport, is known for the Danjiri Festival, which filled with overwhelming force and chivalrous spirit, and many people become addictive once seeing it. Danjiri (floats) exceeding the weight of 4 tons, which Daikukata who give directions and liven up the floats on a gigantic roof about 4 meters above the ground are towed throughout the city. “Yarimawashi” is a major highlight that changes the direction without dropping the momentum.
Because being side-by-side with danger, a sense of unity is somehow emerged between intense bearers and the audiences. This atmosphere makes Danjiri even more exciting.
September festival will be held on Saturday, the 16th, and Sunday, the 17th. The 16th will be Yoimiya (sort of pre-event), and the 17th will be Honmiya, a main event. For October, Saturday, the 7th will be Yoimiya and Sunday, the 8th will be Honmiya. Both of them start from 6:00 in the morning of the day of Yoimiya. From “Hiki-dashi (pulling floats)” in the morning until “Yakan-eiko (parade of lantern-lit)” at Honmiya, the town is filled with vibrant atmosphere for 2 days.
“Kishiwada Danjiri Festival”
●Kishiwada City Hall Tourism Division
An elegant festival with gorgeous and luxurious floats --- “Autumn Takayama Festival” (Gifu Prefecture)
“Takayama Festival,” a collective term of “Sanno Festival” in spring and “Hachiman Festival” in fall, is a beautiful festival honored as one of the three major beautiful festivals in Japan. At Takayama Festival in autumn, eleven floats are gathered in the city of Hida Takayama where the Japanese original landscapes still remain, and their gorgeous and luxurious appearances will be shown. In fact, these floats are important as designated as Important Tangible Folk Cultural Properties.
At Takayama Festival in autumn, the dedication of Karakuri by Hoteidai will be performed. With a skillful technique by puppeteers who manipulate the dolls, Karakuri dolls will dance as though they are alive.
Approximately 100 lanterns attached to the floats will be lit at nightfall, and a fantastic sight is emerging.
※ Photo provided by Takayama City
“Autumn Takayama Festival”
●Takayama City Tourism Division
●Monday, October 9th 9: 00-21: 00 and Tuesday October 10th 8:30-16:00 Canceled due to rain
Exotic festival with full of lively dynamism --- “Nagasaki Kunchi” (Nagasaki Prefecture)
The origin of Nagasaki Kunchi festival dates back to the Edo period in 1634. Brave and exotic performances unique to Nagasaki where nurtured a unique culture attract the audiences. Chuo Park, Suwa Shrine, Otabisho and Yasaka Shrine will be the sites, and performers of each district who is in charge of the year (Odoricho) will perform their prideful dances.
This year, powerful and Impressive performances such as Hon-odori, Ryugu-sen, Kawa-fune, Nanban-sen, Goza-bune will be expected.
Viewing at each site will be charged, but during the period, there are also many events for free such as “Niwamise” that starts at the evening of October 3, “Nizoroi” on October 4, and “Niwasaki-mawari” that shows performances going around the city government agencies in their free time.
Why not experience the history of Nagasaki through the unique festival where foreign cultures and Japanese culture merged!
※ Photos are provided by Nagasaki Dento Geino Shinko-kai
●Nagasaki Dento Geino Shinko-kai (Nagasaki Chamber of Commerce and Industry)
●Date: October 7 - 9, 2017 * Depending on the sites
*The above information was last updated on July 12, 2017. For more details, please contact each facility directly.
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