You’ll find matsuri all over Japan, throughout the four seasons.
Each matsuri is unique — in form, formality, faith, fun, and local culture.
Some are solemn religious rituals; others test bravery, celebrate community,
share happiness. Despite differences, matsuri are alike in one way.
All reflect Japanese tradition, handed down over generations.
NACHI NO OGI MATSURI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
How many matsuri are there in Japan? A rough estimate is 300,000, from tiny events to huge festivities drawing visitors around the world. Among all those, we’re selected 32 famous matsuri — notable for local culture, long tradition, or tourist popularity — for this MATSURI TRIP feature. Matsuri usually reflect local character and history. Interested in traditional costumes? Unique attractions? Music and dance? The more you know about local matsuri, the better you’ll understand Japanese local tradition. MATSURI TRIP covers timing, features, symbols, and more. If you find festivals that intrigue you, take a trip to cool Japan. Come to the matsuri.
IS JAPAN COOL? MATSURI with KODO
This piece was composed to an image of a clear blue sky and towering cloud . Low-register sounds by hiradoh-oh-daiko (large flat-barrel drums) support the whole work and light oke-doh-daiko (long-barrel drums carried on players’ shoulders) freely add variable rhythmic beats while three fue (flutes) play melody like a hot yet dry refreshing breeze.
Energetic festival drumming, cicada chirps, wind passing over paddy fields, lanterns lined up in a shrine precinct — this piece lets listeners experience a Japanese landscape.
Kodo — Taiko Performing Arts Ensemble
Kodo finds limitless possibilities in traditional drum-centric music and recreates it in the modern world. Since its debut at the Berlin Music Festival in 1981, Kodo has given more than 5,600 performances in 48 countries, gaining acclaim for its artistry. Now, Kodo seeks greater theatrical expression under training and direction by eminent kabuki actor Tamasaburo Bando.
People say “Cool Japan.” Is that true? Here on this site,
we offer a wide choice of stories about old and new Japan ― from traditional customs to the latest trends and culture.
If something catches your eye, read the full story and vote whether or not it's cool.
Depending on what you like, you'll discover what's truly cool about Japan. Step by step,
we'll bring you new features to introduce cool Japanese culture and fascinating flight destinations.
So, look for lots of new stories to come. And be aware.
The more you know Japan, the more you'll want to know. Come to Japan on ANA. Always changing. Always new!