Japan is a country with a diverse culture and people who embrace new forms of entertainment and fun while honoring a variety of traditional festivals with a rich history. For each season in Japan, there are a number of celebrations and events to enjoy. Among their many celebrations are the Fuji Rock Festival, the Awa Dance Festival, and the Sapporo Snow Festival.
Fuji Rock Festival
The Fuji Rock Festival began in 1997 when founder Masahiro Hidaka was inspired by the UK’s Glastonbury Festival.
The Fuji Rock Festival gets its name from the fact that Hidaka held the first festival at the base of Mt. Fuji. Subsequent festivals were moved to their new permanent spot at NaebaSkii Resort in Niigata prefecture.
As Japan’s largest outdoor music festival, it has exploded into a three-day celebration of music with over 200 musicians from Japan and many other countries.
Tens of thousands of people attend the festival.
There are seven stages with a variety of entertainment and beautiful trails from one stage to the next with gorgeous scenery.
Fuji Rock Festival has tons of food stalls inspired by cuisine from all over the world. For the party lovers, people can participate in an exciting rave at the Red Marquee until 5 in the morning.
Awa Dance Festival
The Awa Dance Festival is another one of Japan’s exciting celebrations.
Boasting the title of Japan’s largest dance festival, it is quite a sight to behold.
The festival takes place in the Tokushima prefecture on the island of Shikoku and attracts a great number of tourists.
The Awa Dance Festival hearkens back to the opening of Tokushima castle in 1586. The daimyo of that time hosted a great drunken celebration where everyone went to the streets and danced in drunken revelry.
In a celebration that takes Tokushima by storm, male and female dancers clad in traditional dress take to the streets and dance the Nagashi during the day and the more exciting Zomeki during the night. The men and women dance different dances while music with traditional instruments such as the shamisen and taiko is played.
The jubilant atmosphere brings the streets to life with excitement. This celebration lasts for four days.
The Sapporo Snow Festival
In the capital of Hokkaido, the Sapporo Snow Festival is held.
This celebration lasts seven days, being one of Japan’s biggest winter celebrations. Sapporo becomes a wonderland of ice with a large snow maze, ice slides, and even stages built of snow for musical performances and other entertainment.
The largest attractions at the Snow Festival are the numerous snow statues and ice sculptures.
here are hundreds of them made for the festival, and some statues feature famous people or buildings from the year before. The many statues transform Sapporo and look even more beautiful when they are lit up at night.
Regional food and other delicacies can be tried during the festival, enriching the experience.
Japan is truly a land with many interesting traditions and celebrations to experience.