Yushima Shrine Matsuri - Matsuri is the Japanese word for a festival which are usually sponsored by a local shrine or temple. There is no specific matsuri days for all of Japan. Dates vary from area to area but festival days do tend to cluster around traditional holidays such as Setsubun or Obon. Almost every locale has at least one matsuri in late summer or early autumn, usually related to the rice harvest..Matsuri often feature processions which may include elaborate floats. Preparation for these processions is usually organized at the level of neighborhoods. Prior to these, the local kami will be ritually installed in mikoshi, portable shrines, and paraded through the streets.