On a Saturday of beginning April every year, about two hundreds of Samurai
armor clad perticipants, holding swords, bows, lances, accompanied by kimono
clad ladies walk from Shirakata Tenmangu Shrine to Matsue castle .
Kagura, Shinto dance & music
Kagura, Shinto dance & music is very popular in this area.
Almost every weekend Kagura event is held somewhere.
Among many kinds of Kagura, "Yamata-no-orochi," the story of
slaying eight-headed serpent by Susaoh is most famous.
Dogyoretsu, Big Drum Procession Festival
Two or three pieces of around 2meters diameter drums are placed horizontally
in each float and about 12 people stirke the drums with fifty centi-meter
lenght thick sticks. If you are interested in this festival, please find
"Dogyoretsu" or "Matsue Dogyoretsu" in YouTube. You
might be able to feel the atmosphare.
Sada Shrine, Shinto dance & music
Sada Shrine holds five Shinto rituals a year in Feb., May., Jul., Sept.,
and Nov.. In each ritual, special Shinto dance & music dedicated to
These dances are designated as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.
Matsue Sui Touro, Matsue Paper Lantern Festa
In October every weekend beautiful lanterns are displayed along the castle
moat and in the castle compound. Those lanterns are made by Matsue citizens
and other applicants.
Matsue Suigosai, Water District Festival
On the first Saturday and Sunday of August, Matsue celebrates its Water
District Festival and holds firework display with 9,000 shots of skyrockets
and set-piece of fireworks. The events draws three hundred ninety thousands
of spectators every year.
Especially the shots on the water surface of Lake Shinji are the spectacle
of this event.
Floating Lantern Ceremony
This is a Buddhist ceremony held on the final of Obon, which is observed
for three days to welcome the souls of departed ancestors who return to
visit their families. The ceremony takes place to see off the souls going
back to heaven.
Morotabune Sacred Shinto Boat Ritual
The ritual means the traditon of giving up Izumo teritory to the descendant
of the Sun Goddess. The god of Izumo, Okuninushi had a visit from an envoy
sent by the Sun Goddess and he sent the envoy by the boats to Mihonoseki
where his son was governing. This ceremony also means giving thanks to
the gods of good harvest and good-catch fish. It takes place in December.
Horan-enya Boat Ceremony
This ritual is the one of the biggest three boat festivals in Japan along
with Miyajima Kangeisai and Osaka Tenjin. The Kabuki clad boys with the
paddle shaped swords and femail clad boys are dancing at the stem and stern
respectively. The ceremony is held once every twelve years as a prayer
for good hearvest. There is the Horan -enya museum in Matsue.