MOST IMPORTANT FESTIVALS IN JAPAN




There are so many Japanese holidays, we try to report the most important ones in this article.


7 JANUARY

Jinjitsu is "The festival of man", a day in which the creation of humanity itself is celebrated. The festival is part of the celebrations linked to the Japanese New Year and is also celebrated in China, with the name "Renri". Jinjitsu is also known as "The festival of the seven herbs", a name that derives from the typical dish of the occasion, the "nanakusa gayu", a particular rice that is cooked using "7 herbs".


Second Monday of January - Seijin no hi

Seijin no hi is the festival of young people who have turned 20. During this day it is customary to wear a kimono and go around the streets of one's city.


February - Sapporo Snow Festival

Sapporo, located on the island of Hokkaido, hosts one of the most famous events in Japan, the "Snow Festival". In February, for about a week, fantastic statues made with ice are created and exhibited.


February 3 - Setsubun

On February 3, the Setsubun is celebrated in Japan, or the “Bean Throwing Festival”. It is a sort of "Spring Festival", like many others in Asia, during which the new season is welcomed and the "Demons" leave.

Traditionally, the head of the family must wear a traditional demon mask, while the rest of the family affectionately throws a handful of beans at him.


February 11 - Kenkoku kinenbi

Every year, on February 11, Kenkoku kinenbi is celebrated, or the Day of the foundation of the State of Japan.

It is one of the most important holidays for Japan and its people.


1-14 March - Omizutori

Omizutori is a traditional Buddhist festival held in Nara, at the Todaiji Temple. On the night of the 12th the monks, according to the ritual, carry flaming torches to the temple, creating a very emotional show.


March 3 - Hinamatsuri

Hinamatsuri is another of the traditional Japanese festivals, translated by Westerners as "Doll Festival". This anniversary also has to do with "Good luck", and is aimed at girls.

On this day dolls are exhibited and, according to popular belief, the girls are seated next to them, so that "Bad luck" can pass from them to the dolls.


March-April - Hanami

If there is a Japanese recurrence known all over the world, it is definitely Hanami. This is the evocative anniversary linked to the cherry blossom, the beginning of which may vary depending on the geographical area.


April 14 and 15 Takayama Matsuri

The "Takayama Matsuri" is comparable to our carnival. During the event, in fact, allegorical floats called "Yatai", animated by bizarre puppets, are carried around the city of Takayama.


May 17 and 18 - Nikko Festival

If you have always loved Japanese tradition, this is the party for you. During the Nikko Festival, a real traditional Japanese army is reproduced, with hundreds of men wearing period weapons and armor.


August - Tanabata

Tanabata literally means "Seventh Night" and is one of the most important Japanese festivals, which celebrates the love of Orihime and Hikoboshi, two deities represented today by the stars Altair and Vega. The real attraction of the recurrence are the ornaments placed along the streets of the city, while the most interesting element are certainly the "Tanzaku". If you are passionate about Japanese culture, you will surely have seen some small "Paper strips" on which promises and poems are written, these are the "Tanzaku" notes.


August - Ullambana

The "Ullambana" is a traditional Buddhist festival, which is celebrated in much of Southeast Asia. During this day, Buddhists go to temples to pay homage to the dead by offering gifts.


November, Shichi-Go-San

“Seven-Five-Three”, that's how we Westerners know Shichi-Go-San, a celebration aimed at small children. Specifically, the party is for 3 or 5 year old boys, and 3 or 7 year old girls. During the "Seven-Five-Three", they are all dressed in a kimono and are taken to the various temples, and even in this case, it is a ritual to favor good luck.

The official anniversary is November 15th, although, not being a national holiday, it is usually celebrated on the first weekend after 15th.


December 23 - Tenno tanjobi

A very important festival in the Japanese tradition is the Tenno tanjobi, or the emperor's birthday. Obviously, this anniversary can change over the course of history, but at the moment it is celebrated on December 23rd