Well, it seems I have compiled the full festival list for the summer of 2011 at last !! Some of the fireworks displays were expected to be canceled because of the the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, but in the end weren’t. Foreigners are believed to stay away this summer but locals may be in the mood to travel more this year so crowds are anticipated everywhere. Some of the festivals which had their usual dates were moved around to other dates. One of main reasons for this is to avoid too much congestion at any one event. This may be of most concern at Yodogawa, Uji, Kobe Minato, Biwako Otsu and, of course PL, which is expected to collect as many as 600,000 people. Others that were thought to be canceled were given the green light. Here goes:
July 23 Ashiya Summer Carnival July 25 Tenjin Matsuri July 30 Ayabe Minazuki July 31 Maizuru Chatta Matsuri
Aug 1 PL and Hikone Aug 4 Nagahama Aug 5 Nara Tokae Start Date Aug 5 and 6 Takarazuka
Aug 6 The Big Yodogawa Hanabi Taikai and the Kobe Minato Hanabi Taikai
Aug 8 Otsu Biwako Daihanabi Taikai and Kameoka Hotsukawa (not confirmed yet) Aug 10 Uji-gawa
Aug 14 Nara Tokae Finish Date Aug 15 Fukuchiyama Dokkoise Aug 16 Daimonji and Tsuruga Tohronagashi Hanabi Taikai and Miyazu Tohronagashi
Aug 20 Inagawa hanabi Taikai and Itami will also have a festival around this date.
Watch out for the crowds, bring lots of water to drink, protect yourself from the strong UV in the daytime and, this time, leave the wheels at home!
Martin Werner Zander, Partner in the Smith’s School of English Company
Owner, Smith’s School of English in Kotoen