There are countless local festivals in Japan.
These festivals are a local tradition.
In Japanese, such festivals are called:
The reasons for the many festivals are because almost every Shrine & Temple celebrates one of its own, all around Japan.
(Check out the パンチパーマ)
All of these festivals are held annually and celebrate the Shrine's Deity.
Matsuri's are also held for seasonal or historical events.
Some of the more significant festivals are held over several days.
An important element of Japanese festivals are processions, in which the local shrine's Kami (Shinto Deity/God) is carried through the town in a Mikoshi.
It is the only time of the year when the Shrine's Kami, leaves the Shrine to be carried around town.
Many festivals also feature decorated floats - Dashi , which are pulled through the town, accompanied by drum and flute music by the people sitting on the floats.
Every festival has its own characteristics.
While some festivals are calm and meditative, many are energetic and noisy.
The approach to the first gate.
"Big Boss-man" says: "Go!!", we all go!
The first gate.
Made it through the first gate!
Past the first gate.
Onward we march!!
The amount of media/reporters/journalists are ridiculous!
(Too much, but they do add to the atmosphere though.)
The streets leading toward the second gate.
Second gate in sight!
Approaching the second gate!
Alright now, passed through the second gate!
Final gate sighted!
The Temple is in sight!
Time to go through the final gate!
Just a little more!
The final gate!
All gates passed!!
Welcome home, Kami-sama.
Kami-sama returns home!
(The God came home!)
Everyone was hungry after the procession!
Usually, if not; always...
There'll be Yatai (set-up tents selling traditional festival food) stalls.
The food is always prepared right before your very eyes.
Many different kind's of Japanese delicacies can be found here...But please don't be ridiculous and think of eating something like Sukiyaki here (In a Yatai stall).
Should you really have the craving for Sukiyaki & such though; you can come here instead!
P.S. The restaurant in the background, 2nd floor.
That's GACKT'S favorite restaurant to Dine-in.
Have you been to a Matsuri in Japan before?
Are there also festivities like Matsuri(s) in your region??
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