MATSURI, WHAT DOES THIS WORD MEAN IN JAPANESE?
This word means festival, although perhaps it would be more correct to translate it as ‘traditional festival’. In Japan there are a large number of matsuris scattered throughout the country’s geography due to its millenary culture and traditions.
When planning a trip, especially if it were a photographic one, it would be always interesting to encounter some kind of traditional festival, as this will entail an infinite number of photographic possibilities. Most Japanese matsuris are usually very striking, especially for the colors of the traditional costumes worn. If the matsuri is celebrated at dusk or at night, then the color tones are even more meaningful as we will always find chochin (Japanese illuminated lanterns traditionally made from paper), that will create a very warm and attractive atmosphere to the event.
In this post we will introduce three of the best festivals in the Tohoku region that we actually visited and photographed.
In Akashi Photos, every time we organize a photo tour or photographic trip, we always try to find a nice matsuri we can attend to, since it is one of the best places to take pictures of real live Japanese tradition and culture.