Japanese Festivals in September
Japan is famous for its festivals and ceremonies all through the year. Here are a few of the festivals held during the month of September.
September 1 Tsuma, Oki Island, Shimane Prefecture
Traditional bull fighting (bull sumo) in which two bulls lock horns and fight to push each other out of the ring. The bulls do not ‘fight’ in the Latin sense and no blood is shed.
September 1-3 Kaze no Bon, Yatsuo-cho, Toyama
Houses throughout the town are decorated with paper lanterns and hundreds dance the graceful Owara-odori (a form of bon odori) well into the night to the strains of Chinese fiddles.
Early September Hassaku-sai, Matsuo-taisha Shrine, Kyoto
A day of rituals, sumo wrestling and Buddhist dance to petition the gods for mild weather, good harvests and safety in the home at Matsuo-taisha Shrine in Kyoto.
September 9 Karasu-zumo, Kamigamo-jinja Shrine, Kyoto
A very distinctive festival at Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto in which Shinto priests perform rituals in which they hop from side to side, ‘cawing’ like crows (karasu). These observances are followed by a sumo competition for local boys.
September 9 Choyo no Sechi-e Festival
Kokuzo Horinji Temple, Arashiyama, Kyoto
Traditional song and dance in celebration of the chrysanthemum.
September 14 Manto Festival, Hirano Shrine, Kyoto
Lantern festival with over 800 illuminated lanterns plus traditional Noh, poetry reading and dance at Hirano Shrine in north west Kyoto.
September 14-15 Tono Matsuri, Tonogo-hachimangu Shrine, Iwate
Held every year to pray for a good harvest, this is the largest annual festival held in the garden city of Tono. Shishi-odori (lion dances), Taue-odori (rice-planting dances) and kagura are performed along with yabusame and festival music.
Many of the the items used in these festivals such as Noh and Kagura Masks and Woodblock Prints depicting Noh and Kabuki Theatre can be found at Kasasagi Gallery. We also celebrate the Japanese love of chrysanthemum flowers showcasing many items such as antique kokeshi dolls, kutani and imari porcelain ware and antique military sake bottles and cups all beautifully detailed with the chrysanthemum (kiku) flower.
You can visit us online www.kasasagi.com.au/ or at our Gallery at 53 High Street, Glen Iris, Melbourne.
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