Events:

Christmas lights :

http://www.nihon-kankou.or.jp.e.wp.hp.transer.com/illumination/

https://sp.jorudan.co.jp/illumi/rank.html (Japanese version only)

http://www.rurubu.com/season/winter/illumination/ (Japanese version only)


snow and ice festivals (Japanese version only):

http://www.walkerplus.com/search/snowfestival/

http://www.rurubu.com/event/list.aspx?genre=10


fall foliage forecast for 2019 (Japanese version only):

https://qnew-news.net/tour-town/momizi-news.html

https://s.n-kishou.co.jp/w/sp/koyo/koyo_top.html



seasonal flowers:


Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Akita Kanto Festival






The Akita Kanto Festival  (秋田竿燈まつり) is being held in Akita City, Akita Prefecture from August 3rd to 6th.

Kanto(竿燈) is a 10-meter-long bamboo pole with 40 lanterns. They weigh 50 kilograms.

Kanto holders balance them on their foreheads, shoulders and hips.







 
As with Nebuta festivals, this festival comes from a folk event to drive off the demon of drowsiness.

An ancient literature written in 1789 described the folk event that people paraded along the street holding a long pole to which horizontal poles with lanterns were attached.

The shape of kanto represents ears of rice and straw rice bags to pray for a good harvest.

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