Tsushima-City [Cancelled in 2021]
Owari Tsushima Tenno Festival & Fireworks
(Owari Tsushima Tenno Matsuri)
Date : 07/24/2021, 07/25/2021
The 2021 Owari Tsushima Tenno Festival & Fireworks has been cancelled. Shinto rituals will be carried out by Tsushima Shrine priests only.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Owari Tsushima Tenno Matsuri
The warlord hero and first of the National Unifiers, Oda Nobunaga's favorite festival was the 500 year old Owari Tsushima Tenno Festival, one of Japan's three major river festivals, and one of the biggest, most spectacular and beautiful of all summer festivals. Staged on Tsushima's Tenno River, the Owari Tsushima Tenno Festival is designated a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Asset. In addition, it was one of the 33 Japanese festivals added as joint entry "Yama, Hoko, Yatai, Float Festivals in Japan" to the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage for Humanity of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on November 30th, 2016.
Tsushima is also famous for its Autumn, and Wisteria Festivals, with equally long histories and traditions. But it is the fourth Saturday of July, the night of the "Yoimatsuri" Night Festival, and the celebrations that continue the next day with the "Asamatsuri," or Morning Festival, that really draw the crowds.