Events:

cherry blossom forecast:

https://weathernews.jp/s/topics/201801/170075/ (Japanese version only)

http://www.japan-guide.com/sakura/

https://tenki.jp/sakura/expectation/(Japanese version only)

http://sakura.weathermap.jp/ (Japanese version only)  


when and where to see cherry blossoms (Japanese version only):

https://hanami.walkerplus.com/

https://sp.jorudan.co.jp/hanami/

http://www.otenki.jp/sp/art/sakura/

http://www.rurubu.com/season/spring/sakura/

http://www.jalan.net/theme/sakura/



1-30 April Miyako Odori(Cherry Dance), Kyoto
Maiko and geiko dance performances
Advance tickets are available from overseas at:
The performances wil be done at Kyoto Art Theater “Shunjuza”(http://k-pac.org/) again this year.

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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