Category Archives: Festivals

Kumano Hongu Taisha Spring Festival

With declining rural communities as well as less Shinto followers  across Japan, local religious and cultural local festivals might be struggling to maintain community interest and participation. S0 I say to fellow visitors in particular – seek out and celebrate … Continue reading

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Images of the Kumano Hongu Taisha Spring Festival

Big festivals in Japan are vibrant and exiting, the energy of the massive crowds palpable. But small festivals with rich history and cultural connections are worth finding. On such festival is the Kumano Hongu Taisha Spring Festival, in Hongu, Tanabe … Continue reading

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Is anyone else here in Setoda? (on the island)

The ferry floated across the smooth waters between Takaneshima Island and Ikuchijima, glided in and kissed the wharf at Setoda Port. For a popular tourist destination, 5.30pm on a Saturday afternoon in June was eerily quiet, with only two passengers … Continue reading

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Cornering the Takayama Autumn Festival

Getting a bed in Takayama around the famous and hugely popular Autumn Festival can be a challenge. By booking months ahead, Veronica and I got a fantastic Japanese style room at the Zenkoji Buddhist Temple right in the centre of … Continue reading

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Shitaya Matsuri in Ueno, Tokyo

53 versions of a travel itinerary just couldn’t work in this year’s Asakusa Sanja Matsuri in mid-May. While Ueno’s Shitaya Matsuri may not have the million or spectators like Asakusa, it is exuberant, colourful and highly recommended.  On previous trips … Continue reading

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Matsumoto Taiko Festival

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Taiko means great or wide-drum – and aptly describes the annual Matsumoto Taiko Matsuri (Drum Festival) held with an exquisite backdrop of Matsumoto Castle and the Japan Alps. The stage was large, the drums large, the troupes varying from 5 … Continue reading

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