The festival season is here! So let’s have a look what festivals around the world look like. Japan is an awesome destination for festivals. There are approximately 200.000 Japanese festivals and we highlight five together with Simone, a journalist living in Japan. She joins us to enlighten us on some strange annual activities in Japan… Hey.. Only in Japan.
- Kanamara Matsuri: which means the iron phallus festival. This is a fertility festival, that celebrates not only literally manly fertility by having nearly everything shaped as a penis, but also agriculture fertility.
- Hadaka Matsuri: the “naked man festival”. Where men cleanse themselves by washing in ice cold natural water.
- Hinamatsuri: a traditional festival of floating away the dolls in rivers to get rid of bad spirits.
- YabuSame: a young boy is trained to ride a horse and shoot an arrow, and his success in hitting targets, predicts the success of the harvest.
- Takanabe Lantern Festival: It’s held at an old castle, which is decorated with thousands of lanterns to celebrate the teachings of the warrior who owned the castle, Taneshige Akizuki.