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The wonderful shows of the Japanese summer festivals

All these festivals offer the visitor a unique opportunity to know Japanese history, because each element has a special meaning, such as fireworks, folk dances, original clothing, colorful paper sculptures and ancient samurai traditions, which Are taken forcefully the general environment of the country.

So when you finish reading this article, you can not wait to enjoy some of these great festivals, then take a flight to Japan and wake up the next day with the lights of the country of the rising sun.

Hanabi, the fireworks festival
One of the unmistakable symbols of summer in Japan is the fireworks, since since the eighteenth century have been essential in events and summer celebrations. On 2 and 3 August, the city of Nagaoka, in Niigata prefecture, hosts the "Nagaoka Fireworks" held in memory of those killed in World War II and commemorates the reconstruction of the city damaged by the war. On August 26, the city of Daisen, in Akita prefecture, celebrates the nationally recognized "Omagari Fireworks" pyrotechnic competition. The professionals of the fireworks meet in this event to show their original and sophisticated techniques.

Gion Matsuri, Kyoto in the 9th century
For more than 1100 years, the city of Kyoto has revived annually and without fail one of its oldest traditions: the Gion Matsuri, which dates back to the 9th century, when 66 floats were built to perform a ritual of purification and prayer to the Gods after the end of a plague. Among the numerous celebrations not to be missed, the parade is celebrated on July 17, when you can see even some cars from the Edo period, decorated with ancient and colorful tapestries.

Soma-Nomaoi, the race of the samurai riders
Between July 29 and 31 in Suma, Fukushima, the Soma-Nomaoi festival recreates the ancient samurai battles. The highlights are the Koshiki Kacchu Keiba, when the samurai riders dressed in their armor and helmets and armed with a catana compete in a race of 1,000 meters; And the Shinki Sodatsusen in which hundreds of horse samurai struggle to get the 40 sanctuary standards.

Nebuta and Neputa Matsuri, the festival of the great paper sculptures
From August 2 to 7, the cities of Hirosaki and Aomori, in Aomori prefecture, celebrate one of the most colorful parades. They are the Nebuta Matsuri and Neputa Matsuri, in which large illuminated structures of papier maché evoking warriors and animals. They also do it with legendary scenes, which run through the streets of the city. A night show that you can not miss.

The Akita Kanto Matsuri Festival and its traditional Kanto contest
The city of Akita hosts the Akita Kanto Matsuri festival from 3 to 6 August, a celebration with more than 200 years of history. The festival is distinguished by the traditional contest of "Kanto", bamboo stick with a cross shape that carries 46 lamps and can reach 12 meters in height and 50 kilograms in weight.

O-Bon, tribute to the ancestors
Beginning on August 15, several festivals are celebrated in Japan in commemoration of the dead and the ancestors. In these events, the dance is the protagonist and you can see great parades where the members of the different groups continue synchronizing the same rhythms. Among the festivals, stands Nishimonai no Bon-Odori (Akita Prefecture), which has a history of over 700 years and is declared National Heritage. The clothes of the dancers, their traditional hats and the music of percussion, flute and strings, fill of life and color the cities between the 16 and 18 of August.

Yosakoi and Awa-Odori, dance performances
Between 12 and 15 of August, another celebration of great international prestige is celebrated in the prefecture of Tokushima: Awa-Odori. More than 100,000 dancers participate and more than one million visitors flock to the venue to celebrate the music, dance and original clothing of the groups. From August 9 to 12, the Yosakoi Matsuri festival takes place in Kochi Prefecture, in Shikoku. Rival of the popular Awa Odori, is also a meeting where the dance is the protagonist. There are numerous groups of young people who show the public their original costumes and choreographies of folk or modern music, among which you can find rock, hip-hop, samba and enka.

THE NAGAOKA SKY IS COLORED AT THE HANABI FESTIVAL

THIS IS THE AKITA KANTO MATSURI FESTIVAL

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