There’s nothing better than marking the changing seasons with a good festival.
Whether you’re a resident or just visiting, Japanese festivals offer a unique chance to experience the sights and sounds (and often tastes) of traditional Japanese culture in a modern setting. With friends old and new, family or attending by oneself, at kay me we’ve rounded up a few of our autumn favourites from around Japan.
Nihonmatsu Lantern Festival
October 4th – 6th, Nihonmatsu, Fukushima
Enjoy the spectacle of beautiful paper lanterns being paraded through the streets of Nihonmtasu in Fukushim,a northern Japan. Explore this 300-year-old tradition at one of Japan’s greatest lantern festivals.
October 10th – 17th, Ginza, Tokyo
Home of our flagship and HQ, Ginza is Tokyo’s historic shopping district with high-end designers and department stores as well as fantastic cafes and restaurants. Since 1968, in mid-October the Ginza area plays host to parades, live bands and special events. Pop in to kay me while you’re here!
Health and Sports Day
October 9th (second Monday of October)
It’s time to get stretching for Japan’s annual sports and health day – let this be your motivation to try something new this year. Whether you’re climbing a mountain or starting a new yoga class, there’s an activity for everyone.
October 22nd, Heian Jingu Shrine, Kyoto
Over 1700 participants representing figures from Japanese history take part in this five-hour parade through Kyoto, all impeccably dressed in period costume. Take in the best of Kyoto culture and cuisine while you’re here, with many local temples and shrines also getting into the spirit of the season.
Made in Japan by our team of skilled artisans, kay me dresses are the perfect partner for special occasions. Choose from our Contemporary Kimono line featuring authentic prints from Junko Kemi’s grandmother’s kimono boutique, floral and nature-inspired patterns, and rich colours that capture the beauty of Japan.