Cycles of Rituals and Renewal: Summer Festivals in Japan

Among the many philosophical and existential purposes that public festivals serve, they offer cycles of retaining and renewing our connection to our communities and our cultures. Not only are they important; they’re also cathartic, and they satisfy the human need for connection. Summer is festival season in Japan, a time when ritual and tradition are brought to life in dramatic, colorful displays. Join Sumitomo Professor of Japanese Studies at Yale, Ed Kamens, for a virtual exploration of festivals in Japan. Immerse yourself in Yale Alumni Academy’s virtual tour of Japan’s most popular summer festivals during this interactive conversation with Professor Ed Kamens.


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