Festivals in Japan
Japan is a country that is rich in festivals, which are known
as Matsuri. Throughout the year, festivals that are often sponsored
or hosted by shrines and temples are held to celebrate special
historical events or changing of the seasons or to offer prayers
to the gods. Many of Japan’s
festivals are based from their
ancient religion of Shintoism. Some festivals are celebrated
in a day while others may last for several days.
Most of the festivals involve processions of decorated floats,
martial arts exhibition and an abundance of food and drinks that
are served from street stalls known as yatai.
Since Japan is a country that enjoys the four distinct seasons
in a year – winter, spring, summer and fall or autumn – Japanese
festivals are also often held in line with the season of the