Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri Festival

05:15 09/05/2023

Japan is famous for having many "weird" festivals, such as Nakizumo Matsuri; Takeuchi; and Somin. When it comes to weird festivals in Japan, one that you cannot miss is the Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri Festival, which takes place in September of every year.

1. What is Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri?

The Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri is a long-standing Japanese festival that originated from a harvest celebration in 1703 in Kishiwada City, Osaka prefecture. It's also known as Japan's most daring festival, where participants first drink alcohol and then ride on large wooden carts. Once seated, the carts are pushed through the streets by strong men at high speeds, marking the beginning of an exciting competition

Despite its risky nature, this festival draws a large number of local residents and visitors who come to enjoy the spectacle. Every year, about 30 ornate carts and approximately 500,000 tourists take part in the festival. It's an essential stop on your travel itinerary if you're visiting the area in September.

2. The Festival's Unique Traits

The Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri stands out for its giant Danjiri carts, weighing about 4 tons and reaching 4 meters in height. These wooden carts are carefully carved with special designs showing historical battles, olden times, and local traditions. This gives the festival its special identity.

Moreover, when you join this festival, you'll be surprised by the daring moves of young folks pushing the carts through Kishiwada's streets. They speed around and make sudden turns, making it exciting and a bit scary for everyone.

Because the festival can be risky, make sure to stay in safe spots for a secure and enjoyable time!


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