In Japan, there are a multitude of festivals, called "Matsuri". These are the traditional festivals or popular festivals of Japan.
During these festivals, the Japanese go there with family or friends often dressed in traditional clothes, such as Yukatas (light kimono), and Kimonos.
During these festivals, religious processions sometimes take place and the participants then pull large floats called “mikoshi”.
These festivals are linked to a particular time in the calendar, such as the celebration of the transplanting of rice in spring. While traveling in Japan, you will certainly be surprised by the respect the Japanese have for… everything. “In a grain of rice, there is a god”. This phrase can give you an idea of what "everything" stands for. Therefore, these festivals are an opportunity for the Japanese to celebrate and thank the gods.
In Japan, spring is the season for transplanting rice which marks the start of the new year. One of the traditional festivals celebrated on this occasion is called “Otaue Matsuri”. This holiday is happening all over the country. The Japanese then gather to participate in this festival where the deities are "invoked" to hope for a good harvest. It is one of the most famous holidays in Japan. In the fall, the Japanese celebrate and thank the gods for the rice harvest.
Among the most famous "Matsuri" parties you can find:
- The snow festival, called “Yuki Matsuri” located in Sapporo.
- Le festival qui honore les divinités « shintô » à Tokyo, appelé « Sanno Matsuri », célébré les années paires. Il est considéré comme l’un des trois plus remarquables du Japon avec le « Sanja Matsuri » et le « Kanda Matsuri ».
- The festival to fight plague and other natural disasters called "Gion Matsuri" in Kyoto.
- The festival to celebrate the protection of art and study, called "Tenjin Matsuri" in Osaka.
- The star festival, called "Tanabata Matsuri" in Sendai.
There is also the feast of the blossoming of cherry blossoms, very famous around the world, called "Hanami" (which means "to look at the flowers") which takes place from the end of March to the beginning of April.
During this celebration, the Japanese go to picnic with family or friends under the cherry blossoms. It is customary during this event to drink alcohol, especially sake, and share wonderful and warm moments.
Of course, there are still a multitude of holidays not mentioned in this article. All of these holidays are wonderful events that will make you forget about bad thoughts.