The Nada no Kenka Matsuri, also known as Japan’s Fighting Festival, takes place each October at the Matsubara Hachiman Shrine in the town of Shirahama, HimejiCity.
Thousands gather outside the shrine where men of three different age groups are pitted against each other in a battle to see who can lift their portable shrine atop the shrine of their opponents. Naturally, the shrines knock when they get close together and the harder the shrines smash the happier the Gods are. Things really kick off when men with brightly decorated bamboo sticks join the fight, making it truly a sight to behold.
The Nada no Kenka Matsuri is the largest “fighting” festival in Japan and is quickly gaining popularity overseas.
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When: October 14th-15th, 2012
Where: Himeji City, Japan