Touring the Festivals of Japan

Katakai Festival

Katakai Festival

The massive 420kg “yonshakudama” of Katakai, renowned as the world’s largest fireworks,…

Etchu-Yatsuo Owara Kaze-no-Bon

Etchu-Yatsuo Owara Kaze-no-Bon

Photos and text Yuko Iida Return to the Golden Years of the…

Annual Parade of the Giant (November 3) Yagorō-don Matsuri in sumi-cho

Annual Parade of the Giant (November 3) Yagorō-don Matsuri in sumi-cho

A Giant Doll Parades Through the Town It’s the Yagorō-don festival, and…

Touring the Festivals of Japan Vol. 5 – Art and Agriculture Share the Stage (June 14) – Otaue Rice-Planting Festival at Sumiyoshi Taisha

Touring the Festivals of Japan Vol. 5 – Art and Agriculture Share the Stage (June 14) – Otaue Rice-Planting Festival at Sumiyoshi Taisha

    A lavish festival in hopes of a fruitful autumn It’s…

Touring the Festivals of Japan Vol. 3 – Rinnoji Temple’s Gohan-shiki (rice-forcing) Festival is an unusual ordeal in Nikko

Touring the Festivals of Japan Vol. 3 – Rinnoji Temple’s Gohan-shiki (rice-forcing) Festival is an unusual ordeal in Nikko

    A Dramatic Ceremony Draws Laughter and Gasps Every year on…

Touring the Festivals of Japan Vol.2 – Jindaiji’s Daruma Fair (March 3, 4) in Memory of Gansan Daishi

Touring the Festivals of Japan Vol.2 – Jindaiji’s Daruma Fair (March 3, 4) in Memory of Gansan Daishi

Temple Ground Engulfed in a Sea of Bright Red Today we’re in…