Haru Matsuri is being celebrated this year at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre on March 4th 2017! (more info at the bottom)
Haru Matsuri, The Spring Festival, is a Shinto festival that usually happens near the end of March. Unlike the JCCC festival, Haru Matsuri actually lasts until the end of April, usually once all the rice planting has been finished. It’s the best kind of party!
Now there is another festival that can be confused with Haru Matsuri. It’s Toshigoi-no-Matsuri. This is also known as the talisman festival or Yakuyuoke festival. It’s customary to purchase talismans that will help to ward you and this year’s harvest from evil spirits while at this festival.
Back to Haru Matsuri!
This Spring Festival happens when all the work is done and it’s time for a party! This is a seriously big deal in Japan because their entire country is dependant on agriculture so praying for a good crop is something everyone can get behind.
Everyone dresses up in full ceremonial garments and enter the hall of worship or Haiden with great respect for the puritification rites. There are usually a few thousand people in attendance for this solemn procession.
Haru Matsuri falls on whatever day is convenient for the people who are celebrating as long as your work is getting done. It’s more of an emcompassing term for festivals that celebrate Spring and Crops.
This year’s Haru Matsuri is on March 4th 2017 at the JCCC!
It’s a little different here in Toronto since there are so many people who are excited with Japanese culture. They’ve decided to center some content around Anime. They also have Ikebana (seriously cool flower arranging), Bunka Shishu (embroidery), Sumi-e (brush painting), and more! (So says the JCCC website)
Because this festival isn’t the best already, they’re also demonstrating “The Way of the Warrior” with their own martial artists through Aikido, Karata, Jodo, Kendo, and many other styles.
There will be odori which is traditional Japanese dancing performed by the JCCC’s many talented groups. There’s also a food court! …and dolls?
As always, the JCCC entrance will feature an elaborate display of intricate Hina Matsuri Dolls. For a small fee visitors can have the opportunity to dress in traditional costume then head on over to the display to take their own photos.
OKAY! That’s the coolest thing ever! I can’t wait to go to this festival!
Just a note: Bring cash!
Date: Saturday March 4 and Sunday March 5, 2017
Location: 6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON M3C 1Z5
Family $14 (2 adults/2 children),
Children (5 -16 yrs) $4,
Seniors (over 65), $4
JCCC Members and Under 5 yrs free
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (416) 441-2345