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Cool Japan Guide / Traditional Annual Events in September

Owara Kaze-no-Bon Festival

A festival praying for protection against wind damage and for an abundant autumn harvest.
Dates: September 1st-3rd
City: Yatsuo-machi, Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture

(Owara Kaze-no-Bon Festival)

This is a traditional folk event to appease the wind and pray for a bountiful crop, and is held every year for three days from September 1st. It corresponds to the 210th day from the first day of spring according to the traditional Japanese calendar and is considered a day often beset by calamities when farmers are frequently struck by typhoons. Although there are many explanations about its origins, it is generally believed that the Bon ritual of paying homage to ancestors merged with a festival praying for a rich harvest.
Full story to be checked via Link: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/attractions/event/traditionalevents/a50_fes_bon.html

(Owara Kaze-no-Bon Festival)
Reitaisai

Yabusame, a Shinto ritual of shooting arrows on horseback, is famous worldwide.
Dates: September 14th-16th
Place: Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine
City: 2-1-31, Yukinoshita, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture

(Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine Reitaisai)

This is the Reitaisai of the 800-year old Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine. It consists of numerous events such as a tea-offering ceremony to the gods and classical Japanese dance. Yet the greatest attraction of all is, no doubt, the gallant Yabusame (held on the 16th) which passes down the ancient traditions of the Kamakura Period.

(Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine Reitaisai)

Yabusame is a contest combining equestrian skills and Japanese-style archery which was popular among the samurai warriors from the end of the Heian Period (794-1192) to the Kamakura Period (1192-1333). Along a straight riding ground which extends over approximately 250 meters, targets 1, 2 and 3 are set up, and archers on horseback shoot at these one after the other. If an archer scores a direct hit, he receives a round of applause from the tens of thousands of spectators. The archers are dressed in samurai hunting wear called age shozoku just like in the Kamakura Period, and use turnip-head arrows which make a whistling sound as they fly through the air. ...
Link: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/attractions/event/traditionalevents/a51_fes_tsurugaoka.html

By TS on Aug 24, 2012
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