are native Japanese festivals of sacred Shinto
origin. Originally they related to the cultivation of rice and a local
community's physical and spiritual well-being. Through feast and celebration,
matsuri symbolize the community's unity with itself and with its Shinto
.") Sometimes large and boisterous, sometimes small
and solemn, sometimes adhering strongly to tradition, sometimes watered
down by modern commercialism, matsuri are rooted in the lives of the Japanese.
relates to the craft, Yukata
Japanese summer cotton and silk kimonos
worn during Japanese summer festivals.