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.
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.
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.
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
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.
What Festival uses the length of noodle as
A) The Sapporo Snow Festival
B) The Ōmisoka Festival
C) The Nango Summer jazz Festival