It’s only June 5th but most of the major summer festival dates in Kansai have already been set. Quite a number of towns in northern Kyoto Prefecture still have their festivals on the “canceled until further notice” list to mourn the very unfortunate accident that happened three years ago.
English Conversation students at the Smith’s School of English in Kotoen スミス英会話 甲東園are well-aware of my love for summer festivals in Japan, especially fireworks, and my wife Yoko and I usually attend ten or more such festivals every year. Naturally we have our favorites!
Tentatively we see the following dates more or less fixed:
July 25 Saturday Tenjin Matsuri and Ashiya Summer Festival, July 26 Sunday Ayabe Tohrohnagashi, Aug 1 Saturday PL, Aug 5 Wednesday Nagahama in Shiga Prefecture and Takarazuka, Aug 7 Friday Otsu Biwako, Aug 8 Saturday Kobe Minato and Yodogawa, Aug 10 Monday Uji, Aug 15 Saturday Inagawa
and Aug 22 Saturday Itami. There will probably be more dates in the next post, but this is a good start considering all the cancelations.
Martin Werner Zander
Smith’s School of English in Kotoen 月謝制 Real Monthly Tuition English Conversation School