All over Japan, countless festivals big and small known as matsuri are held each year,
with estimates putting the number of events between 100,000 and 300,000.
Fukushima, too, has matsuri with a long history, fulfilling the important role of connecting people.
Nihonmatsu Lantern Festival — October 4-6, 2017
A festival with a tradition dating back about 370 years. On the first night of the festival, seven parade floats adorned with about 300 chochin paper lanterns each are marched through the town, accompanied by music and cheers. The festival was held even in 2011, the year of the Great East Japan Earthquake, uniting the hearts of people praying for recovery from the catastrophe.