Summer festivals in Japan

In summer we have several festivals here and there. Most of them are related to obon. One of the most famous bon festivals is a fireworks festival. I can tell you that if you want to see it in Japan, definitely you can watch it here and there. It’s quite common. A bon dancing festival is as much as popular among Japanese. At the end of obon season, people dance with the bon music. I think that you can look at many pretty Japanese girls wearing summer kimono called “Yukata” in both fireworks festivals and bon dancing festivals.

From my view point, each fireworks festival is very similar, but bon dancing festivals have various types. Each region has specific bon music and a dancing style. Although I have had lots of  experiences to had lived in different regions, one of the most unique bon dancing festivals was in my previous city, Matsumoto city, Nagano prefecture. The music sounds very unique, and when I listened to it once, the music stuck on my head every time. However, since I moved to other region from there, I really miss it.

I especially would love to introduce about a lantern floating festival. Compared to bon dancing festivals and fireworks festivals, it is very calm and fantastic. The lanterns are made from paper and floated on a river after the sunset. Therefore, the orange color from lanterns’ candles stands out from the midnight blue on sky because an orange color is complementary color against a blue color. It’s so dramatic.

Matsumoto bon bon – A bon dancing festival in Matsumoto city

A lantern floating  festival in Hiroshima


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sashasimba123
    Aug 21, 2010 @ 19:44:40

    That’s pretty cool! The lantern floating festival seems pretty intriguing!


    • yumi
      Oct 20, 2010 @ 22:34:45

      Hi, thanks for the comment, Brandon. Yes, it is really great. My favorite summer festival is this lantern floating festival.


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