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- Sun, the 16th of August: Fuji Kawaguchiko Toro nagashi in Minamitsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture
- Sun, the 16th of August: Gozan no Okuribi in Kyoto
- Sun, the 16th to the 18th of August: Nishimonai Bonodori in Akita Prefecture
- Sat, the 29th to Sun, the 30th of August: Tokyo Koenji Awaodori in Koenji, Tokyo
- Sun, the 23rd of August: Atago no Himatsuri in Ishizu cho, Toyooka city, Hyogo Prefecture
Sun, the 16th of August: Fuji Kawaguchiko Toro nagashi in Minamitsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture
Tōrō nagashi (灯籠流し) is a Japanese ceremony in which participants float paper lanterns (chōchin) down a river; tōrō is traditionally another word for lantern, while nagashi means “cruise” or “flow”. (Refernce: Wikipedia) The opening season differs in each area, but it usually takes place during the Obon holiday season and it’s purpose is for remembering your ancestors. Toro nagashi in Fuji Kawaguchiko will be an unforgettable one, because of the numerous lighted lanterns floating on the water with Mt. Fuji in the background. It’s so mysterious looking! If you go to the Toro reception counter on the day of the event, you can also send your own lantern down the river. There will be a concert from 6:30 p.m., so why not ‘send your heart’ down the river to your beloved ancestors while listening to some good music?
Sun, the 16th of August: Gozan no Okuribi in Kyoto
On August 16th, the kanji character “大” (literally meaning ‘big’), will appear in the evening sky in Kyoto. This festival is also known as “Omoji yaki”, but the official name is “Gozan no Okuribi”. Every year about 700 thousand people come to see this majestic fire.
Sun, the 16th to the 18th of August: Nishimonai Bonodori in Akita Prefecture
Every year this traditional festival welcomes about 100 thousand people who pray for a large and successful harvest and also serves as a memorial service for their ancestors. Dancers in Hikosazukin (braided straw hats) and beautiful costumes, disguised as ghosts, dance in the night. The loud sounds of Ohayashi complement the dance, creating a fantastic atmosphere.
Place：Nishimonai Honcho dori street
Access：JR Yuzawa station→30 min by bus：Bus stop “Taikukanmae”. (10 min walk from there)
Nishimonai Honcho dori street
Sat, the 29th to Sun, the 30th of August: Tokyo Koenji Awaodori in Koenji, Tokyo
The Koenji Awaodori has now become one of the largest summertime Japanese events. It’s stunning for not only foreign visitors, but also Japanese visitors to see the dancers line up and dance down the shopping street in Koenji. You’ll have many photo opportunities! Koenji is also thought of as “India in Japan”, among certain people. Many unique and independent shops are located in Koenji, so I would recommend taking a walk around town a bit for some interesting sightseeing.
Sun, the 23rd of August: Atago no Himatsuri in Ishizu cho, Toyooka city, Hyogo Prefecture
Held at Ifukube shrine, this festival’s purpose is to spin a flaming braded straw rope in hopes for good health. People, including foreign visitors, can join this event and actually take part in spinning the flaming straw. If you want to get closer to, and experience part of the Jomon period of Japan, I definitely recommend this!
●Atago no Himatsuri
Access：JR Sanin Main line Toyooka station. Take a bus bound for “Deishi”, and get off at “Deishi”. 6min drive toward Nakamura.
Nakamura Deishi, Toyooka city, Hyogo Prefecture