These nebuta (lit-up painted lantern-floats) are a bit different than the Aomori and Hirosaki festival because they go vertical. They can be over 20 meters tall. The festivities start at 19:00 and end at 21:00.
Celebration with a parade of portable shrines…the only thing is that these “enshrined objects” happen to be giant phalli. The shrine is small but draws a huge crowd of everyone from drag queens to little children.
Torigoe Festival is a festival that takes place at Torigoe Shrine and boasts a 1360 year history.They will bring out the portable shrine (said to be one of the heaviest in Tokyo) and approx. 200,000 people will come out to try and see it. Maybe you’ll be one of them?
At night, lanterns light the way to the shrine. Approximately 300 stalls will be set up, serving food and drinks.
Suigo Sawara Aquatic Botanical Garden specializes in irises and lotuses. There are 400 varieties and 1.5 million iris flowers here (said to be the most in all of East Asia). During the festival you can take a free 10 minute boat-ride down the middle of the park.
Cherry blossoms bloom
Massive festival in Asakusa
Official Animation Expo in Tokyo
This festival in Morioka city, Iwate is mainly dancing and a huge parade. It goes from August 1st to the 4th. There are performances happening from 1 pm to 4 pm and then the main parade and dancing at 6 pm to 9 pm.
This festival won the Guinness World Record for longest drum parade in the world.
80 Nebuta (giant floats made of paper that are lit up inside like a lantern) are paraded around the town of Hirosaki, accompanied by music.
A festival where they try to appease the gods by floating boats with lanterns down the Arakawa River
Month-long festivities and gigantic floats
Video Game Expo
Night parade with floats and fireworks