Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri – A Festival of Traditional Arts


If you start at the Kintetsu Nara Station, then you’d better take the Nara Kotsu Bus bound for Kasuga Taisha Honden. And a seven minutes ride will lead your way to the Kasuga Taisha Honden bus terminal. And from there a five minutes’ walk will lead you to the Wakamiya-jinja Shrine, Kasugano-cho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture. And if get there at the right time, say December 15th to 18th, you can experience a grand ceremony with the local people.

Since the 12th century, the festival has enjoyed a history of over eight hundred years. All this festival about is about the traditional performing arts in Japan. However you could never get bored. This is the only chance of you to get to the Japanese daily life.

During the ancient times, say in the 12th Century when the epidemic disease was prevailing all over the country. Hence the prayers helped the local residents to driven away the terrible disease and give happiness to the people. In the following year, the people in that city had a big harvest. Till today, this festival is \held in Nara city, and attracts thousands of visitors to come here.

During the festival, the dance show will put on the stage along with the performance of the music. And the most exciting day of the festival is the 17th. On that day, the performance known as Hon-Matsuri is really worth your attendance. For usually you seldom get a chance to witness all the traditional performance at the same time, which is quite astonishing.

The Jidai Gyrotesu takes on the afternoon of the 17th. There will put on a performance which can introduce you the customs of each era from the Heian Period to the Edo Period. And in each section of the performance, there are five hundred people take part in it. In this section, you are just like travelling in the time machine, which takes you from the 9th Century to the 19th Century. And this performance belongs to the intangible folk cultural properties of Japan. If you miss it, you surly will regret for your careless.

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