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Shimane: Hassaku Taisai

Bull Fighting Event. This is the biggest event of the year on Okinoshima island. It’s thrilling to see the huge bulls violently butt against each other. Admission is free. Schedule & Key events: from 1 p.m.: Bull fighting Location: Sayama Ushitsukijo, Okinoshima-cho, Shimane Access: ...

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Ibaraki: Kashima-jingu Jinko-sai

Annual Festival of the shrine. The highlights of this festival are chochin-machi in which worshipers hang hundreds of paper lanterns on the tall bamboo trees each and bring them all one by one into the sacred fire kindled in the shrine precincts, and a ...

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Fukushima: Hinoemata Kabuki-no Yube

Fukushima: Hinoemata Kabuki-no Yube

One-night performance of local kabuki (traditional play by male actors) in the shrine precincts, handed down for generations in a rustic village called Hinoemata. Admission is ¥1,000. The guests of local accommodations in the village on the night are invited for free admission. Schedule ...

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Toyama: Owara Kaze-no-Bon

Toyama: Owara Kaze-no-Bon

Festival featuring owara-machi-nagashi, a parade of folk dancing to the tune of the music of shamisen (three-stringed musical instruments), bamboo flutes and taiko on the main streets in 11 old towns of the city. Schedule & Key events: ● Sept. 1 & 2 3-5 ...

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Japanese Beer Garden with Maiko-san

Japanese Beer Garden with Maiko-san

Kyoto is known for its geisha quarters in the Gion district. Here, ryokan (traditional inn) Gion Shinmonso is opening its rooftop beer garden to allow guests to meet a maiko (geisha apprentice). Visitors can enjoy Japanese-style prix fixe menus, local sake and shochu liquor, ...

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Gifu: Gujo Odori

Folk Dance Meet, one of the most popular folk dancing events joined by thousands of people in yukata (cotton kimono), to the accompaniment of festival music at several sites in the town. Schedule & Key events: ● Sept. 3, 8-11 p.m. Location: Hachiman-cho, Hachiman-cho, ...

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Fukui: Tsuruga Matsuri

Fukui: Tsuruga Matsuri

This festival takes place simultaneously with an annual festival of the shrine. The highlight of this festival is go-horen junko, a procession of a sacred palanquin and Shinto priests in traditional costumes on horsebacks. Many more events are scheduled during the festival period. Schedule ...

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Fukuoka Independent Film Festival

The indie-inclined movie fans will get their fill at the Fukuoka Independent Film Festival. Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka Pref.

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Universal Jump Summer

Universal Jump Summer

Universal Studios Japan probably doesn’t need any extra help reeling in visitors during the summer, but the Osaka-area theme park has added a bunch of new attractions anyway. For its 15th anniversary celebration the park has taken inspiration from three pop culture heavyweights: “Dragon ...

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Setouchi Triennale 2016 Summer Session

Setouchi Triennale 2016 Summer Session

Held every three years, the Setouchi Triennale — also known as the Setouchi International Art Festival — is a contemporary art festival showcasing new and existing artwork from Japanese and overseas artists in three seasonal sessions. This summer’s session will exhibit artwork on several ...

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The Great Godzilla Special Effects Kingdom

The Great Godzilla Special Effects Kingdom

Yokohama Landmark Tower is displaying a variety of props and costumes from Japan’s famous monster movies for its “The Great Godzilla Special Effects Kingdom” exhibition. The event is being put on to celebrate the recently released “Shin-Godzilla” film and will feature panel discussions with ...

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Age Age Summit 2016

Age Age Summit 2016

The Japanese term “age age” means “more excitement,” but in Konan, Shiga Prefecture, it refers to a food fair that focuses on agemono (deep-fried food). The two-day Age Age Summit hopes to please foodies with 30 stalls representing agemono from across the country. Of ...

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Kitazawa Hachiman Shrine Reitaisai 2016

Kitazawa Hachiman Shrine Reitaisai 2016

Kitazawa Hachiman Shrine was built more than 500 years ago in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward to put the area under divine protection. This weekend, the neighborhood will recognize that fact as residents celebrate Reitaisai, an annual festival. The event begins with purification rites at eight ...

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Niigata: Katakai Matsuri Asahara-jinja Shu-ki Reitaisai

Annual Autumn Festival of the shrine. Katakai hanabi (a spectacular fireworks display with a 400-year history) is held on the hill behind the shrine (15,000 fireworks in total, including the world’s largest one). Schedule & Key events: ● Sept. 9 & 10, 7:30-10:20 p.m. ...

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Tokyo: Kichijoji Aki Matsuri

Autumn Festival of the area. Musashino Hachiman-gu Shrine’s mikoshi and other town’s mikoshi are carried on the main streets of the town. ● daily 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Parade of mikoshi Location: Musashino Hachiman-gu Shrine and others, Musashino, Tokyo Access: JR Chuo Line or Keio ...

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Iwate: Hanamaki Matsuri

Iwate: Hanamaki Matsuri

Festival with over a 400-year history, featuring various parades of beautifully bedecked 12 floats, 140 mikoshi and Shishi odori (people wearing deer head’s hoods and dancing with drums, native to Iwate Prefecture). Schedule & Key events: ● daily 3-9 p.m. Parade of floats and ...

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