Held in the modest locale of Nakada on the outskirts of Nagoya, the Nakada Hadaka Matsuri is a small but thrilling purification ritual designed to drive away bad luck.
Each year in mid-September, the historic coastal town of Kishiwada proudly hosts the most widely known, well-attended and deadliest “danjiri”, or cart-pulling, festival in Japan.
The pride of Gamagori City, the Miya Festival is one of the best-known and most spectacular festivals in the Tokai region of Japan.
One of the most extraordinary festivals in Japan, Toba Dai Kagaribi (The Great Bonfire of Toba) has roots that can be traced back 1,200 years.
The Takisanji Oni Matsuri, which features a spectacular fire-based purification ceremony, is an annual ritual to pray for peace and good harvest for the coming year.
The Konomiya Hadaka Matsuri has been held in Inazawa since 767 AD, when Emperor Shotoku ordered the performance of cleansing ceremonies to rid the land of a quickly spreading plague.