Jul 16, 2018

Unicorn Beetle Sumo Competition, Nakayama Town, Yamagata Pref.

Unicorn Beetle Sumo Competition, Nakayama Town, Yamagata Pref.


16th July, 2018 | Nakayama Town, Yamagata Pref.
Japan, as a nation, has kind of an obsession with the beetle. 
It’s true – from real-life beetle sumo wrestling to all sorts of media appearance, beetles play an small but significant role in Japanese culture. 
The Japanese equivalent of man’s best friend? Not quite, but they’re definitely pretty important.   (*reference: Tofugu)   











# For the details, please access to the followings site;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/180715beetle.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.town.nakayama.yamagata.jp

















全国かぶと虫相撲大会(山形県東村山郡中山町)

Gujo Odori - Folk Dance Meet - at Hachiman-cho, Gujo, Gifu

Gujo Odori - Folk Dance Meet - at Hachiman-cho, Gujo, Gifu

July 14, 16, 21-22, 27-30, 2018 | Hachiman-cho, Gujo Folk Dance Meet, one of the most popular folk dancing events joined by thousands of people in yukata (cotton kimono), to the accompaniment of festival music at several sites in the town.   









# For the details, please access to the followings site;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/180709gjo.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.gujohachiman.com/kanko/odori.html














郡上踊り(岐阜県郡上市八幡町)

Jul 15, 2018

Gion Matsuri in Kyoto, familiarly known as 'Gion-san'

Gion Matsuri in Kyoto, familiarly known as 'Gion-san'

14th - 17th July, 2018 | Yasaka-jinja Shrine, Gion-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City
Gion Matsuri in Kyoto is one of Japan's most famous festivals. First held in A.D. 869, it features a procession of 32 yamaboko floats supported on large wooden wagon wheels and pulled by teams of men, with musicians playing traditional Gion-bayashi music. 
The largest floats are the size of houses and are pulled by teams of 70 men. Some carry a complete a gong and flute orchestra and have a 60-foot-high halberd-shaped masts. 
The Gion festival has reportedly only not been held twice in its 1,100 years run (during the Onin War (1467-1477) and in 1943 during World War II)
Traffic is banned from the main streets in downtown Kyoto and people show up hours in advance to lay claim to prime viewing spots along Shijo Avenue where the procession takes place. 
The floats are decorated with tapestries from as far away as the Middle East and Europe, a holdover from when the festival was an opportunity for merchants to display their wealth. 
One tapestry was produced in Brussels in the 16th century. The floats continue to be constructed using traditional methods. Ropes band the timbers rather than nails.   






# For the details, please access to the followings site;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/180717gion.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/spot/festival/gion.html












祇園祭(京都)

Taikodai Matsuri (drum float festival), Kaizuka City, Osaka

Taikodai Matsuri (drum float festival), Kaizuka City, Osaka

14th & 15th July, 2018 | Kaizuka City, Osaka
A procession centred around seven glorious drum floats, each carrying two players, parades through the streets, the enthusiastic shouts of the participants marking time along the way. The festival boasts over 270 years of history.   (*reference: OSAKA GOVERNMENT TOURISM BUREAU)   






# For the details, please access to the followings site;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/180713kaizuka.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.city.kaizuka.lg.jp/taikodai/









太鼓台祭り(大阪府貝塚市)

Kogashi Matsuri Float Parade, Atami City, Shizuoka

Kogashi Matsuri Float Parade, Atami City, Shizuoka

14th - 16th July, 2018 | Atami City, Shizuoka
“Kogashi-matsuri (Kogashi Festival)”is a part of the event of “Kinomiya-jinja Reitaisai (Kinomiya Shrine annual Festival)”. Decorated festival floats parade around into the center of Atami City. Traditional wooden floats and, in contrast, modern floats with anime characters please the eyes of spectators.     








# For the details, please access to the followings site;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/180715atami.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://ataminews.gr.jp/kogashi/












熱海こがし祭り 山車コンクール(静岡県熱海市東海岸町)