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Japanese festivals

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this is a presentation showing three japanese fetivals i have researched.

this is a presentation showing three japanese fetivals i have researched.

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  • 1.  Japanese festivals are a special and traditional event that are celebrated in the most unique way but wet sort of fun.  I don’t know exactly how many festivals there are but from the top of my head I’m guessing there are about 10,000 different festivals, together me and you, one by one, we’ll explore some of them.
  • 2.  Sapporo Yuki Matsuri is one of the largest festivals of the year in Sapporo, held in February for at least one week. It all began in 1950, when high school students built snow statues in Odori Park, central Sapporo. The event now became very large and commercialized. About a dozen large sculptures are built for the festival along with around 100 smaller snow and ice sculptures. Several concerts and other events are also held.
  • 3.  This event is held every year. Thousands of artists from all over Tohoku and further regions come to Nango to perform. This is the largest open-air jazz concert held in Tohoku region. This festival began in 1989, in a small venue indoors. Lots of people enjoyed the event so much that is was expanded into a large annual festival. In other places it’s held you need to purchase tickets. This summer jazz festival doesn't cost anything but you still need to receive a ticket to enter.
  • 4.  People do the regular house cleaning to welcome the coming year and not to continue having impure influences. Many people visit Buddhist temples to hear the temple bells rung 108 times at midnight. This is to announce the passing of the old year and the coming of the new. The reason they are rung 108 times is because of the Buddhist belief that human beings are plagued by 108 earthly desires or passions. With each ring one desire is dispelled. It is also a custom to eat toshikoshi-soba in the hope that one's family fortunes will extend like the long noodles.
  • 5.  The festival I enjoyed researching about out of the 3 is the Sapporo snow festival, because the students were very creative with the snow, I’ve never played with snow or seen it before, and it’s interesting how long that festival lasts for.
  • 6.  What Festival uses the length of noodle as an example?  A) The Sapporo Snow Festival  B) The Ōmisoka Festival  C) The Nango Summer jazz Festival
  • 7.  The answer is :  B) The Ōmisoka Festival
  • 8.  When did the Sapporo snow festival start?  A) 1970  B) 1930  C)1950
  • 9.  The answer is:  C) 1950
  • 10.  What was my favourite festival and why?
  • 11.  Why is the bell at the Buddhist temple rung 108 times?
  • 12.  The reason they are rung 108 times is because the Buddhist belief that human beings are plagued by 108 earthly desires or passions.
  • 13.  Japanese festivals, Retrieved April 9th 2013, from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_festi vals  Search Japanese festivals on Google images

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