Posts Tagged ‘神輿’

This last autumn — way back on October 17th — I trucked over to Sasayama to attend the annual Sasayama Autumn Festival (篠山秋祭 — sasayama aki matsuri), which is officially called the Kasuga-jinja Religious Festival (春日神社の祭礼 — kasuga-jinja no sairei) and presumably has its origins as a harvest festival. The matsuri coincides closely with the […]


Although many people consider the Yamaboko Junkō parade to be the main event of Kyoto’s Gion Matsuri festival, I was really looking forward to seeing the shinkousai (神幸祭 — literally ‘god happiness festival’) at Yasaka-jinja.  The origin of Gion Matsuri dates back to 869 AD when a plague ravaged the Kyoto area.  Thinking that the […]


This year for Tenjin Matsuri I decided to skip the boat parade and see the 1,ooo-year-old Rikutogyo (陸渡御) procession instead.  This procession involves some 3,000 participants who parade from Osaka’s Tenmangu shrine to the Okawa river, where the two golden mikoshi (portable shrines) are ultimately deposited on the boats that will take them up and […]


This year’s Tenjin Matsuri was really a lovely time. I left the boat behind and my friend Marié “The Fantastic” Abe and I decided to walk around, eat street-food delights, people watch, and check out the hanabi (fireworks). (Please note: The photo at the top of the page was taken at the very end of […]


25 July, 2006 As I wrote last year: Tenjin Matsuri is one of Japan’s three largest festivals and over a million people attend the closing day celebrations, which are accompanied by a display of thousands of fireworks that continues for several hours into the night. This matsuri is a two day event, centered at Tenmangu […]