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The people of Nagasaki are very fond of festivals and the many festivals held throughout the year are lively events with active local-community involvement. Festivals in Nagasaki showcase the unique fingerprint of energy, spirit, history and culture, and therefore attract large numbers of tourists. Explore the list of traditional Japanese festivals, one-of-a-kind festivals that demonstrate the influence of Nagasaki's colorful history as the sole trade port in Japan, food festivals where you can try the delicacies of the season, and flower festivals to enjoy the best four seasons of Japan.

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EVENTS OF August

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Event Name Dates held Outline
The Spirit Boat Procession / ShourounagashiAnnually on August 15thThe Spirit Boat Procession of Nagasaki is Japan's most-recognized traditional ceremony held for O-Bon, the festival honoring the spirits of ancestors. The distinctive ...
Iki Kagura (Shinto Theatrical Dance of Iki Island)Throughout the year Kagura is a religious performing art with a long tradition and history dating back to the Muromachi period. Differing from other regions, on Iki both the dance and m...
Nagasaki Peace Memorial CeremonyAnnually on August 9thThe Nagasaki Peace Memorial Ceremony is held on August 9th every year in memory of the victims of the second atomic bomb, near to the location where the bomb was dropp...
Nakashima River Summer FestivalWeekend of Early August to Mid AugustFor one weekend of the year, hundreds of lanterns are hung around the banks of the Nakashima River and on Meganebashi, the Japan's oldest stone bridge. This display g...
Arie Hamankora Beach FestivalSometime between the middle and the end of AugustDuring the day beach volleyball players “warm up” the atmosphere with their exciting tournament. Stalls offer local specialties, such as somen noodle tasting. In the ...
Emukae Sentourou (Thousand Lantern) FestivalSaturday and Sunday in Late AugustThis traditional event has been held for around 500 years. The centerpiece is truly a sight to behold: a tower of about 25m in height, decorated with hanging lanterns ...
Omura Nagoshi Summer Festival August 1st to August 3rd The festival kicks off with a fireworks display at 9pm on the evening of August 1st, with the main festival following on August 2nd and 3rd. The main festival is h...
Shimbara Water FestivalFirst weekend of August Shimabara Water festival will be held on the first weekend of August in Shimabara City, where the richabundant natural spring water has flowed throughfilled in the s...
Izuhara Port Festival, Tsushima IslandAugust 5th to August 6th, 2017At the beginning of August, enjoy one of the biggest festivals on the island of Tsushima, the Izuhara Port Festival. Celebrate the history of Tsushima as you take ...
Lively Summer Festival in FutsuDuring obon season (middle of August)Local taiko (traditional Japanese percussion) groups gather at Konpira Park and with their powerful and vibrant performance they intend to expel noxious bad spirits an...
Summer Festival in KazusaSometime between the middle of July and the middle of August This summer festival is one of the biggest yearly events in Kazusa. The Youth Division of the Town Chamber of Commerce and Industry in cooperation with other local ass...
Yasuragi Ioujima Seaside BBQ GardenSeaside BBQ GardenEnjoy the ocean view and sea breeze with a barbeque at Yasuragi Onsen Hotel. During spring and summer, the hotel offers outdoor dining on their seaside patio. At just ...
Fireworks in KazusaAugustApproximately 1500 fireworks are set off high into the night sky and colorfully light the sea below. It is particularly enjoyable to watch them while sitting on the se...
Spiny Lobster Festival, NomozakiLate August until early SeptemberOnce the lobster fishing ban is lifted at the end of August each year, spiny lobster season begins! Each year hundreds of visitors flock to Nomozaki, located at the so...

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