Traditional MATSURI Series

In Japan, traditional festival "Matsuri" takes a big part of each area. Even in this modern and developed society, people still care the old customs and gods live in their local area. Not only for enshrining their own gods but also for reconnecting distant neighbors, Matsuri still works a great part of local incidents. We spot 4 different kinds of Matsuri in our Chubu area and shows you their beauty and tradition and people living with it.

  • newSANZORO Festival

    SANZORO Festival

    In a small town called Shitara, there's an ancient festival appointed as the nation's intangible folklore cultural asset. In this festival, Japanese famous gods "Seven Deities of Good Fortune" come down to the mountain to bless the locals. People drink and laugh with the gods and this small but warm festival ends with filling the people with happiness. While young generation leaves the colony and the festival faces its heir, the local people still find great blessing from the event happens only once a year.

    Subcategory Japanese Culture
    Duration 55min
    Episodes Special
    Production Year 2017
    Materials HD
  • OMANTO Festival

    OMANTO Festival

    An enormous house speeds along in 40km/h and young brave boys jump on them. Some of them cause a concussion and the others break their bones. The festival is basically for bringing the rain however it also rules as a courage test for local young generations. Young and brave boys challenges the horse with their great pride on their local towns.

    Subcategory Japanese Culture
    Duration 55min
    Episodes Special
    Production Year 2016
    Materials HD
  • Hi Matsuri

    Ishidori Matsuri

    In Nishio city, people read the climate by challenging the "fire". They see the climate for a year from how the fire ends in the festival.
    The city is divided to area, East and West and each area chooses a man as Shinotoko (sacred man).
    The fire burns unclean things out and at the same time is very dangerous. These people in Nishio city know well that the fire has a divine force. Please enjoy the fire festival run for 1200 years and feel people's faithful heart to the festival!

    Subcategory Documentary/Japanese Culture
    Duration 55min
    Episodes Special
    Production Year 2015
    Materials HD
  • Ishidori Matsuri

    Ishidori Matsuri

    Ishidori Matsuri is called "the nosiest festival in Japan". Each town in Kuwana city, Mie prefecture, has their own float with a big Japanese drum and all towns play this drum and bells together at the same time. The festival is originally for when people dedicate stones for local shrine and Kuwana people have a strong will to inherit this festival. This program shows how important a local festival is to connect local people, how much each Japanese put importance on a festival and also that the festival has a important role to let young generation's abundant energy out. We can surely say you feel goose pimples once you hear the first knock of drum because of its powerful excitement.

    Subcategory Documentary/Japanese Culture
    Duration 55min
    Episodes Special
    Production Year 2013
    Materials HD
  • Hanamatsuri

    Hanamatsuri

    Hanamatsuri is a holy festival inherited from ancient time in Tohei town. On the center of the venue, people set a big pot to boil the water and make it holy water. People dance with masks of gods for a day without any break and ask gods to come out to celebrate the festival together.
    The traditional dance is also inherited from parents to sons and this program focuses on a father and a son, whose struggle and happiness from the festival. Despite the decrease of village's population, people inherit the history and heart of Hanamatsuri.
    The festival is filled with dance, music and vivid colors of traditional dresses and you can find Japanese traditional fantasy in this program.

    Subcategory Documentary/Japanese Culture
    Duration 55min
    Episodes Special
    Production Year 2012
    Materials HD
  • Shiokake Matsuri

    Shiokake Matsuri

    In "Shiokake Matsuri" performed in the Mie Shima area, people pray to a marine goddess. Usually, the
    goddess deified in the shrine returns to the island which appears on a year at sea only once. A woman
    diver offers the harvest of the day on a goddess. At the festival fishing boats exceeding 30 gather and sea water is showered mutually to purify fishermen's body. In a program, fishermen's life and the whole aspect of an intense bright festival are introduced.

    Subcategory Documentary/Japanese Culture
    Duration 55min
    Episodes Special
    Production Year 2011
    Materials HD
  • Hadaka Matsuri-Naked Festival

    Hadaka Matsuri-Naked
Festival

    The lucky man chosen every year protects people from all bad luck in this festival. To play this great role, the lucky man has blessing days just before the festival all by himself. Camera follows his time as the lucky man and draws his spiritual change in detail. On the other hand, there are thousands of naked men waiting for the lucky man to touch in the festival so that men who touch the lucky man is protected from bad luck for a year. The lucky man faces a great danger by putting himself into ablaze naked men and heads to NAOIDEN from the entrance of the shrine.

    Subcategory Documentary/Japanese Culture
    Duration 55min
    Episodes Special
    Production Year 2010
    Materials HD
  • Tenno Matsuri

    Tenno Matsuri

    In late July, the city of Tsushima located in Aichi Prefecture hosts Tenno Matsuri, a festival with a history of over two hundred years. The highlight of this two day event is the evening festival in which a dozen boats, each ecorated with nearly 400 paper lanterns, float down the Tenno River.

    Subcategory Documentary/Japanese Culture
    Duration 55min
    Episodes Special
    Production Year 2009
    Materials HD
  • Furukawa Matsuri

    Furukawa Matsuri

    An energetic spring festival held in mountain town Furukawacho, Gifu Prefecture. In the late evening, a
    large drum (okoshidaiko) is carried through the town by barely dressed men, while eleven exquisitely
    decorated festival floats, are displayed in the streets during daytime.

    Subcategory Documentary/Japanese Culture
    Duration 55min
    Episodes Special
    Production Year 2008
    Materials HD

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