Festivals: Owara Kaze no Bon / おわら風の盆

I first went to the Owara Kaze no Bon festival (おわら風の盆) in September, 2008. Compared to other summer festivals in Japan it’s a fairly subdued affair, but it makes up for that in the beauty on display.

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Japan, so undeniably ugly at times – think of all the concreted river banks, bland convenience stores, and electricity cables in the streets – makes up for it at festivals like this.

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This was the Senyasai (前夜祭), the preliminary festival before the main on starts in September. If you want to avoid the crowds it’s probably the best time to go.

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It’s in Yatsuo, Toyama prefecture (富山県八尾).

All photos are mine so please don’t use them without permission. Thanks.

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Lived in central Japan since 2001 and spend free days exploring.

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