By Bonson Lam
The summer dance festival in Nagoya, “Domatsuri”, short for “Domannaka Matusi”, is Japan’s biggest dance festival, and it was registered in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2010. More than 200 teams and over 23,000 people participate in the festival, which is held in several places in Nagoya, at the end of August every year. Geographically, Nagoya is located in the exact center of Japan (Domannaka means “center”), and people all over Japan get together enjoying the original dances and variety of costumes. The festival, which began in 1999, has two rules: Dancers must use “Naruko” (castanets-like noise makers for driving birds away), and Japanese folk songs should be used in their dance.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。