"Autumn Festivals" Japan Favorite Tip by Sharrie
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Favorite thing: If you arrive in Japan in Autumn, you'll be greeted by AKI MATSURI, the AUTUMN FESTIVALS and their beautiful MOMIJI (Japanese Maple Leaf). Aki Matsuri has its origin in Shintoism the original pantheistic religion of Japan. The matsuri usually takes place under the sponsorship of local shrines. Once or twice a year, the ujinami (local spirit) is said to visit the fields from its home in the mountains and takes up residence into the shrine. On this day, the spirit is housed in a MIKOSHI (portable shrine). The men will then parade the ujinami through local streets in a turmoil of sound, lantern light, artistry & hedonistic fervor!
Fondest memory: At the famous Nagasaki's Suwa Shrine, the Okunichi fills 3 days with many dances of Chinese origin, including the dragon dance!
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