Events:

fall foliage forecast for 2018:

https://tenki.jp/forecaster/y_nakagawa/2018/09/11/2051.html (Japanese version only)

The fall colors have begun in the Taisetsu mountain range, Hokkaido. (September 16, 2018)

Daisetsuzan National Park Sounkyo Visitor Center:

http://sounkyovc.net/

when and where to see fall foliage:

https://www.yomiuri.co.jp/weather/koyo/

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

https://sp.jorudan.co.jp/leaf/ (Japanese version only)

http://www.rurubu.com/season/autumn/koyo/ (Japanese version only)

https://koyo.walkerplus.com/ (Japanese version only)

http://www.discovernippon.jp/autumn/


fireworks displays (Japanese version only):

fireworks festivals will also be held in October and November!

https://hanabi.walkerplus.com/

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


seasonal flowers:




Friday, August 5, 2011

The Yamagata Hanagasa Festival

A strong typhoon is slowly passing over Okinawa area.  Unsettled weather continued for a few days.
 
The Yamagata Hanagasa Festival(山形花笠まつり) is being held in Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture from August 5th to 7th.
Hanagasa(花笠) is a bamboo hat decorated with artificial flowers.
















People dance to "Hanagasa Ondo" which is a popular dance song in Yamagata area. The well-known phrase "Yassho, Makasho(ヤッショマカショ)" is repeated in the song.
Around 1935, the song was made from a traditional folk song that construction workers sang to keep time when building a bank and its choreography was composed.
This festival, which began as part of a parade to promote tourism in 1963, is a dance parade including various Hanagasa dances performed in many parts of Yamagata.

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