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posted on May 17, 2017
In Japan, there are said to be hundreds of thousands of traditional festivals, or matsuri, for which the Japanese have a special affection. Many have close associations with a particular time of year and the Japanese people’s sense of the changing seasons is expressed in their festivals. They are held in spring to pray for successful harvest of the year, and in summer to ward off diseases and typhoons. Autumn festivals are to give thanks to the harvest, while winter festivals are based on the idea of purification and celebrating the New Year. The most animated time for festivals is summer, bringing communities together to dance away the overwhelming heat of the summer days. According to the lunar calendar, the month of May marks the beginning of summer, where we just saw last weekend the Kanda-matsuri festival in Tokyo, one of the three major festivals in Japan. Another Tokyo’s famous local festival is scheduled in Asakusa this weekend. Many summer festivals, or natsu-matsuri, will take place during summer as it heats up, especially on weekends. Why don’t you add it to your must-do list in Japan?
Summer dance festivals