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Cool Japan Guide / Festivals in Japan in August (4)

Awa-Odori Folk Dance Festival in Tokushima

Dates: August 12th-15th
Places: Throughout the entire city of Tokushima
City: Tokushima City, Tokushima Prefecture

This Tokushima festival features folkdances performed to welcome the souls of ancestors in the Bon season, from July to August. It is well known throughout Japan for these words, which are voiced to set the rhythm, regardless of their meaning: 'It's a fool who dances and a fool who watches! If both are fools, you might as well have fun dancing!`. The dance dates back to 1587 when the feudal lord Hachisuka Iemasa (1558-1638), in celebration of newly-built Tokushima Castle, offered sake to the people of the castle town; the citizens became so drunk they started to dance in an unsteady gait. Awa is the former name of Tokushima. ...
Link: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/attractions/event/traditionalevents/a46_fes_awa.html
Yamaga Toro Matsuri (Yamaga Lantern Festival)

Dates:August 15th-16th
Place:Center of Yamaga City
City:Yamaga City, Kumamoto Prefecture

This festival held at Omiya-Shrine is one of the three greatest fire festivals of summer in Kumamoto, known as the Land of Fire. Its rivals are the Hi-no-Kuni Matsuri, or the Land of Fire Festival, held in mid-August in Kumamoto City and the Kikusui-machi Kofun Matsuri, or the Kikusui-machi Burial Mounds Festival, held at the beginning of August in Kikusui-machi, Tamana-gun. Its origins lie in the ancient legend of how the Emperor and his suite, hindered by fog, were received by villagers holding pine torches to illuminate their path. Also known as the 'festival held throughout the night,' the Sennin Toro Odori on the second day refers to 1,000 women, dressed in cotton summer kimono and bearing lighted gold and silver lanterns on their heads, dance all night long as they sing 'Yoheho-bushi' in a very slow tempo. As for the men, they reproduce the scene of welcoming the Emperor and line up for the Pine Torch Procession in ancient costume.
Link: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/attractions/event/traditionalevents/a47_fes_yamaga.html

By TS on Jul 28, 2012
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