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Heading to Autumn Festival, just east of Tokyo across Tokyo Bay this time? You’ll chance on magnificent Shinto ritual courtesy. There are many autumn festivals held in Japan, but this festival may bring you good fortune!
Tamasaki Shrine (玉前神社) is located in Ichinomiya, Chiba Prefecture. The location of Ichinomiya is a part of the Boso Peninsula (房総半島) which is one of the largest peninsula having a feature of mild climate with rich nature.
The shrine is said to that it has long been known as a location thought to be flowing with mystical energy in Tokyo area. Therefore, many people from around Japan visit the shrine believing it as a god of marriage, pregnancy, easy delivery, raising children, better fortune and success in business.
The Tamasaki Shrine Autumn Festival (玉前神社秋の例祭) is held every year on September 13th, celebrating a ceremony of ancient ritual for the Shrine. The festival is thought to have been founded in 807 and it has still lived for over 1200 years.
The Festival is descended from ancient stories related the origins of gods gathering once a year in the shore of the sea. The festival faithfully reflects the stories of those days.
On September 12th, there is Yoimiya (eve of a festival vigil), the ceremony is held for praying for safety and success by the Shinto priests. A ‘Kagura’ of a performance of sacred music and dancingis offered at the shrine, and a ceremony in which something that is worshipped as a representation divine spirit is transferred from the main building to Mikoshi (portable shrines). You can feel different atmosphere in a quiet world away from daily life. That is absolutely a solemn ceremony.
On September 13th,a magnificent festival so called ‘Junisya Matsuri Festival’ (十二社まつり) or ‘Kazusa no Hadaka Matsuri Festvival’ (上総の裸まつり) is held. On the preceding day, leading 5 horses sacred to the goddess,9 Mikoshi are carried by over 1,000 naked young men are running through the town toward to a famous beach called a ‘Kujukuri Beach’(九十九里浜) which is a 66-kilometer-long coastline. The best feature is their running speed,and bravery which is stunning as well! There are no other festival carrying Mikoshi for such a long run in Japan. You shouldn’t miss the precious opportunity.
The festival starts taking place at the main building at 10 AM on September 13th. While the court music is playing, the dance is offered by the shrine maidens with due solemnity. All ceremonies has been proceeded until past 7 PM. This is the highest moment of the festival with participants and visitors for celebration ends all together.
From Tokyo to Ichinomiya – about 1 hour by Limited express ’Wakashio’.
Get off at Kazusa Ichinomiya Station and walk about 8 minutes to the Shrine.
After checking out the festival, there are a lot of things to do and places to go to in Ichinomiya! With its mountainous interior and many beaches along its shoreline, the area is famous for sea resorts especially for surfing and sea bathing. But I’d like to introduce other things including the sea resorts. A few recommendations are:
– This is the second longest beach in Japan and it is known for a beautiful sandy beach. The beach is attracted for surfing, swimming and clamming for fun. Also, you can watch brilliant sunrise in the morning and sunset into the sea in the evening.
– Perhaps, strawberry picking is an outdoor activity in your country but here in Japan, strawberry picking is in greenhouses. From January to May, you can pick strawberries dipping with chocolate, condensed milk or as it is. As there are some different kinds of strawberries produced in the greenhouses, you can enjoy tasting each of them.
– Exciting experience must be here. You can ride a horse along the seashore. The view from the back of horse is not the same as usual with the sound of waves rushing ashore. Even you are a beginner, you don’t need to worry about anything.
Highlights for travellers include the festival with great nature, and local people of Ichinomiya who have a well-deserved reputation for friendliness.
You probably know why this festival continues for long time because of their passion for the festival.
You can experience this festival as well with local friends! If you need any guides to take you around the festival and show you even more things to do in the area check below!
Chiba Prefecture is a great place to visit and can boast plenty of tourist attractions. Besides, it is very close to Tokyo, and you can easily visit it within a day. However, would you like to see rural Japan? Chiba Prefecture gives you a unique opportunity to visit a land of hot springs and admire authentic traditional Japan. The following article assembled the best festivals and activities to enjoy in Chiba Prefecture, which will make your trip to Japan even more rewarding!
Most of the travelers who come to Japan enter the country through Tokyo. Even if it is not the main place of your destination, it would be a great idea to stay in the capital city for a few days. The biggest conglomerate in the world has much to offer to any kind of traveler. Whether you want to go sightseeing, shopping, eating out, or trying something special that you can experience only in Japan, Tokyo has it all. In the following article, you will find 100 things and many ideas on how to spend your time in Tokyo! Please, have a look!
A lot of people when they get to a Matsuri for the first time feel themselves a bit lost. They confuse about what is happening around. If you are new to Japanese Festivals or want to know an alternative way of how you can enjoy these events, the following article will provide you with a set of helpful tips on how to choose a proper festival and activities you should try there. Please don`t hesitate to take a look at it!
Japan is a country of festivals indeed. Matsuri is an essential part of traditional Japanese culture. Thus, every day somewhere in Japan a festival takes place. There are traditional and modern festivals, on the sea and on the ground, in summer and winter. Japanese are hardworking people. However, when you attend at least one festival in Japan, you will understand how locals like to party. The article under the link below will introduce you to a celebration on any day of the year. I am sure you will find an event that suits your interests utmost!
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For all foodies who enjoy Japanese Festivals would be nice to get acquainted with the rich choice offered by Yatai (Japanese festival food stalls). The food presented during Matsuri is pretty different from the one you get at the restaurants in Japan. Besides, there is a certain charm in grabbing some snack from a food stall and diving back into the festival crowd. I am sure that you will discover something new about Japanese festival food from the following article!