Favorite Autumn Events in Japan
If you do not know what to do in autumn, I advise you to plan a trip to Japan. This country is awesome during this season of the year and it offers tourists many attractions that cannot be experienced in any other part of the world. If you want to witness the genuine spirit of “the land of the rising sun”, I will give you some hints on what to do in Japan and how to entertain yourself during your autumn by visiting this magnificent country.
Japanese festivals and other autumn tourist attractions
1. Health and Sports Day
This national holiday is celebrated on the second Monday in October and is intended to promote a healthy lifestyle and different sports activities. Many Japanese educational institutions take active part in this celebration by organizing different sports events and competitions that can be compared to mini Olympics. Sports activities include rugby-ball dribbling race, ball toss, sack races, tug-o-war, and many others. If you do not want to miss this festival, show up before it opens at 8:30 AM with the presentation of all teams and sportsmen that will take part in different contests.
2. Japanese cuisine
You may never say that you have been to Japan without trying Japanese meal called “kuri”. They cook the dish from roasted or boiled chestnuts with a special syrup. Visit a famous restaurant in the city of Semboku and order their “kuri”, which is the specialty of the house!
This is a festival of honoring Japanese autumn moon. The celebration is held in September or October, depending on the traditional Japanese lunisolar calendar. The celebration of the beauty of the moon is full of long-established traditions such as eating Tsukimi dango (rice dumplings) and making decorations from Japanese pampas grass. The Japanese usually gather on an open space where the moon is perfectly seen and bring offerings to the full moon thanking for rich harvest. The traditional part of the festival is usually followed by parties where seasonal food is served.
If you cannot decide on what to do in autumn, do not miss the opportunity to visit Japan and enjoy unique festivals that are held in “the land of the rising sun”.