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Shizuoka: Ajisai Matsuri & Kinme Matsuri

More than 3 million hydrangeas are blooming at Shimoda Park with a panoramic view of Shimoda Port. During “Hydrangeas Festival,” many interesting events will be held. “Kinme Festival” will be held at the same time. It is a best reason to eat kinmedai (splendid ...

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Tokyo: Chinowa-kuguri / Suijosai

Chinowa-kuguri – A traditional ceremony to pray for good health and longevity. Suijosai – Shinto purification ceremony of the shrine. Gozabune boat carrying katashiro (paper cut in the shape of dolls), guarded by dozens of boats, departs from Yanagibashi Bridge and goes down Sumida ...

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Yamanashi: Fujisan Yama-biraki

Ceremonies to open the official climbing season of Mt. Fuji – the highest mountain in Japan, 3,776 meters high above sea level. There are two major events such as Omichi-Biraki – a ceremony of going through torii gate by the priests praying for the ...

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Aizen Festival

One of Osaka’s biggest festivals, the Aizen Festival is also one of Japan’s oldest summer festivals. Some estimates say that the festival was originally started in 593 by Prince Shotoku. The festival revolves around thousands of people filling the grounds of the Shoman-in Aizen-do ...

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Emergenza Japan Tokyo Final

Emergenza Japan Tokyo Final

This is your chance to discover new bands or even the next big band. The Emergenza Music Festival started in 1992 in Rome and has since grown to become one of the largest indie-band competitions in the world, taking place in 34 countries. Emergenza ...

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Hiratsuka Tanabata Matsuri

Hiratsuka Tanabata Matsuri (Star Festival) near JR Hiratsuka Station. It’s about 60 minutes by JR Tokaido Main Line from Tokyo Station and 65 minutes by JR Shonan-Shinjuku Line from Shinjuku Station.

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Reptiles Fever 2015

Reptiles Fever 2015

Reptiles — you probably love them or really hate them. For those who do find them cute, this is a rare opportunity to see all kinds of reptilian and other unusual creatures, many of which you can even purchase as pets. “Reptiles Fever 2015,” ...

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The Legend of Heisei Osaka Amanogawa 2015

The Legend of Heisei Osaka Amanogawa 2015

July 7 is the official day of tanabata festivals, when celebrations of a mythical tale of star-crossed lovers take place all over Japan. The Tenmabashi and Nakanoshima areas of Osaka are commemorating the event by displaying their version of the Milky Way, the astrological ...

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'Tomorrow We Will See'

'Tomorrow We Will See'

Though once known as a paradise of cultural heritage and tradition, Lebanon has been embroiled in wars and conflict for decades, struggling with political and social instability, religious tension and a national identity crisis. Japanese-Lebanese filmmaker Soraya Umewaka’s “Tomorrow We Will See,” a documentary ...

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Senseki Train Fes

Senseki Train Fes

The 3/11 earthquake and tsunami damaged a wide range of buildings and services in Tohoku, including coastal railways. After four years of repairs, it seems things are back on track as the JR Senseki line began its first train service on May 30, 2015. ...

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Nippon Craftbeer Festival 2015 in Shonan

If you enjoy learning about beer, talking about beer or simply drinking beer, you will be among friends at the Nippon Craftbeer Festival 2015 in Shonan. The event will feature over 20 brewing companies from all over Japan, and will have around 50 different types ...

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Belgian Beer Weekend Hiroshima

Belgian Beer Weekend Hiroshima

Belgium, home to 160 breweries and 1,500 different beers, has a reputation of being a drinker’s paradise. Every first weekend of September, this is celebrated with the Belgian Beer Weekend at the Grand Place, Brussels’ central square, which also happens to be a UNESCO ...

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Mitama Matsuri

The traditional Mitama Matsuri at Yasukuni Shrine near Kudanshita Station. More than 30,000 lanterns are lit along the approach to the shrine.

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Adachi Fireworks Festival

The Adachi Fireworks Festival happens around the Arakawa River in Chiyoda Ward. The closest station is Kita-senju Station.

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Kingyo Matsuri

The Kingyo Matsuri celebrates everything about goldfish at the Edogawa Shizen Zoo (Gyosen Park) near Nishi-Kasai Station.

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Nagoya Oktoberfest

Drin up at Nagoya Oktoberfest in Hisaya Odori Park. Admission is free but there are various prices for food and drinks.

Notice: Event and location information is subject to change.