Traditional Japanese Festivals And Holidays
Traditional Japanese Celebrations And Holidays: Cherry Blossom Festival Picnics, Sake and Fun, Red lanterns, Dancing, Parades and portable Shrines.
Japanese people are very proud of their unique traditions and work hard to maintain them.
Japanese Celebrations: Cherry Blossom Festival
The Cherry festival in Japan is one of the most famous and popular festivals in the world.
The festival celebrates the arrival of spring. Japanese people see the festival as an opportunity to wind down, socialize and drink.
Things to do during Cherry Blossom Festival in Tokyo: Nighttime Illuminations, Picnics, Parties and Sake drinking under Cherry Blossom trees.
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Cherry Blossom Flowers bloom for 8-10 days. That’s why its so important to get the timing of your Tokyo vacation right.
In Tokyo, the cherry Blossom starts around the end of March or the beginning of April.
The starting point can change by as much as two weeks from year to year.
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the Cherry Blossom season is the peak travel season in Japan.
Its a Japanese Holiday, so Japanese people travel to join their friends and family in Tokyo. Tourists from all over the world come to take part in cherry Blossom in Tokyo.
With that in mind I recommend you Book and arrange Hotels, Tours, Flights and Disney Tickets as early as Possible.
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Japanese Festivals And Traditions
Hana Matsuri Floral Festival (April 8th).
It’s Buddha’s Birthday, and the event is celebrated by placing a small baby image of Buddha in all Buddhist temples in Tokyo.celebrated by placing a small baby image of Buddha in all Buddhist temples in Tokyo.
Golden Week (April 29th to May 5th). 3 Traditional Japanese Festivals are celebrated during this week. Expect crowds at every major Attraction since the Japanese take the entire Week off.
Kanda Matsuri (Mid-May, The Saturday and Sunday closest to May 15th). This Tokyo event is among the three largest Japanese Holidays. Thousands of people parade through central Tokyo with portable shrines and decorated horses.
Asakusa Sanja Matsuri (May, Third Sunday and preceding Friday and Saturday). A colorful parade with portable shrines departs from Asakusa Shrine in Tokyo.
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Sanno Matsuri Festival (June, between 10th-l6th) . Locals dressed in ancient Japanese clothing parade through the heart of Tokyo holding Mikoshi – portable shrines, drums and horses.
Star Festival, Tanabata (July 7th). One of the most Romantic Japanese Festivals. According to a very touching Chinese legend, two lovers represented by the stars Vega and Altair, were spending so much time together they forgot to do their jobs. The king was angry at them and separated them to opposite sides of the Amanogawa River (Milky Way).
This is why Tanabata is known as the star festival.
The lovers are allowed to meet only once a year. The special customs for this celebration include writing poems or wishes on strips of paper.
Japanese couples and families write their wishes down and tie them to bamboo branches in the garden.
Sumida River Fireworks Display (Last Saturday of July. An exciting demonstration as evening skies light up for more than an hour.
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Bon festival (August 13th-15th). In spite of a somewhat depressing theme (a reunion of the ancestor’s souls with the living) you’ll be surprised to find that it’s one of the happiest Japanese celebrations, and includes dancing and drinking all night long.
Oeshiki Festival (October 11th – 13th). A mystical night parade with lights fixed on tall poles, chanting and praying to drums and flutes. The parade starts at Ikegami Station and proceeds to Ikegami Honmon Temple.
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Japanese Celebrations For Kids: Boys And Girls Days
Children’s Day (May 5th). It used to be called Boy’s Festival, but now it includes parades with kids wearing their Traditional Kimonos.
Shichi-go-san – the shrine-visiting day for children aged 3, 5 and 7 (November 15th). Japanese kids dress up in their sweet little Kimonos, and visit Meiji Jingu Shrine for a touching little ceremony.
It’s a great photo opportunity and Meiji Shrine in Tokyo is the Best place to participate.
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