Japanʻs 4 Traditional Festivals in Early May

2018.05.08 | Toyama

KANAZAWA, Japan - Children in Tonami, Toyama Prefecture, perform kabuki on May 4, 2018, during a nationwide children's kabuki festival held in Komatsu, Ishikawa Prefecture. (Kyodo)




SAITAMA, Japan - People look at a 100-meter-long "koinobori" carp windsock hoisted by a crane in Kazo, Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo, on May 4, 2018. (Kyodo)  




Shiho Sakashita (C), an office worker in Kyoto clad in a 12-layer traditional Japanese kimono, purifies herself at Kamigamo Jinja, a Shinto shrine in the city on May 4, 2018, as the annual festival's heroine "Saio-dai" of the year. (Kyodo)  




KUWANA, Japan - A young man rides a horse over a 2-meter-high clay wall in a festival at Tado Taisha, a Shinto shrine in Kuwana in Mie Prefecture, central Japan, on May 4, 2018. In the festival said to date back to the 14th century, it is believed that the greater the number of times horses successfully make it over the wall, the better the crop in the region. (Kyodo)  




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