In Japan, paper lanterns have been used for festivals, ceremonies, etc. for a long time. Originally paper lantern was a special one that can only be used by people of the upper class such as aristocrats and samurai, but since the middle of the Edo era it has become a popular lighting fixture for the general public as well. A paper lantern which can be said as a representative being reminiscent of the summer festival in Japan. About 6000 such lanterns lined up in the sky like a shower is “Nakashibetsu Summer Festival” which is a bon festival held in Hokkaido. If you wish, you can put your name on this lantern.
This is a perfect festival for those who “want to participate as well as view”. Also, this festival is one of the attractions that the parade and the “Tanoshi-Atarashi Bon Odori Tournament” where anyone can jump in is held. At the Bon Odori competition, an event will be held in which dancers are invited and all the participants enjoy the unusual Bon dancing in earnest. The fireworks display to be held the previous day, the Bon Odori dancing around the oversized ‘yagura’ stage on that day, and the local gourmet of the stalls are noteworthy. “Costume Bon dancing” held at the finale is also an attention event. This is a festival where you can have plenty of fun, from children to adults regardless of age.
“The Nakashibetsu Natsu Matsuri” (the Summer Festival) is a festival held in Nakashibetsu-cho, Hokkaido on second Saturday and Sunday in August every year.
Nakashibetsu-cho is the town located in the center of vast Kushiro plateau of east Hokkaido. An extra-large tower is installed in the main site of the festival, and the lantern of approximately 6,000, which is admired as No. 1 in Japan, light up the summer night sky.
Many unique events like “a lantern portable shrine”, “a leading dance”, “YOSAKOI Festival” including “disguise Bon festival dance” are performed.
You can enjoy approximately 1,700 fireworks including the star mine by the eve of the summer festival. Music fireworks and an extra-large star mine are something worth seeing among others.
|Name:||Nakashibetsu Natsu Matsuri (Nakashibetsu Summer Festival)|
|Adresse:||Higashi2jominami 3-1 Shibetsugun Nakashibetsucho, Hokkaido 086-1002 Japan|
|Access:||Nakashibetsu Airport (10 minutes by car)|
|Tel:||(+81) 153-77-9733 (Nakashibetsu Tourist Office)|