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Festivals in Winter

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Akita Inukko Festival

Inukko festival is a folk festival started about 400 years ago in Yuzawa area, Akita prefecture. At that time, there was a group of inhuman robbers which commit robbery in broad daylight. After they were defeated by the lord of Yuzawa, people started a custom to pray that the robbers would never come back, making little Innukos (“Inukko” means “dog“ in Akita dialect) by rice flour, displaying them by the window.

February
2 Days
Akita Pref.

Chakkirako Children Festival

Chakkirako (Japanese: チャッキラコ) is a dance performed at a festival in Miura, Japan to celebrate the New Year and bring good fortune, especially in fishing.

In 2009, it has been inscribed in UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of HumanityIn 1976, Japan’s government recognized this dance as an intangible cultural heritage to be protected.

January
1 Day
Kanagawa

Chichibu Yomatsuri

Chichibu night festival registered as a UNESCO Cultural Heritage. The Chichibu night festival is Grand festival of  Chichibu Shrine, with 6 floats and beautiful fireworks in the winter night sky.

2 Days
Saitama

Hinamatsuri Doll Spring Festival Saga

The “hina-matsuri” (doll festival) is famous for the quality and elegance of its hina dolls. The dolls displayed were owned by successive wives of the Nabeshima Lords between the end of the Edo Era and the Meiji Era. The doll sets including other decorative articles are gorgeous and intricate. Some dolls wear “Otome-gata Nabeshima-komon (kimonos with little patterns designated according to clan),” which patterns were used for “kamishimo (formal samurai clothing)” of the Saga clan, and others wear kimonos made of “teori Saga nishiki (classic hand-woven fabric)”, and are very elegant, and only to be seen in Saga.

February, March
1 Month
Fukuoka Pref.

Kokuseki Temple Sominsai

In February, a dynamic festival called “Kokusekiji Somin-sai” is held, in which men pour cold water on themselves to pray for a plentiful harvest and to drive away ill-fortune. The men are divided into two groups, and they compete to grab the “Somin Bag,” which is supposed to bring good luck. There is a soba restaurant in front of the temple gate.

31st January
2 Days
Iwate Pref.

Nagasaki Lantern Festival

Every year, Nagasaki is having a celebration of the Chinese New Year. Nagasaki Lantern Festival originated from “Spring Festival” approximately 15,000 extremely colored lanterns (Chinese lanterns) and large objects are decorated fantastically in Nagasaki’s Shinchi Chinatown and surrounding parts of the city center, including Hama-ichi and Kankodori.

Namahage Sedo Festival

Namahage Sedo Festival is the winter festival of Shinzan shrine in Oga city, Akita prefecture, held in the second weekend evenings in February, which is one of the “Michinoku (Tohoku area) five major festivals”. This festival started in 1964 as a mixed event of a Shinto ritual, “Saito Festival” and a folk event, “Namahage.” Namahages perform a powerful impressive dance and Japanese drum. The climax is Namahages’ climbing down the snow mountain.

February
2 Days
Akita Pref.

Straw and Fire Festival

Isawa is at Oshu City in Iwate Prefecture that has a vast amount of rice fields. The city usually holds the Agriculture Festival for Crop every year on the second Saturday of the month of February.

February
1 Day
Iwate Pref.
9th February
Aichi
December
2 Days
Hokkaido