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Breitling Wing Walkers Friendship Day Performance

Breitling Wing Walkers Friendship Day Performance

The world’s one and only aerobatic formation wing-walking team, the U.K.-based Breitling Wingwalkers, will be performing for this year’s Japan-U.S. Friendship Day Air Show at the U.S. Marine Corps Iwakuni Air Station in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture. For the first time in Japan, the Wingwalkers ...

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Yonezawa Uesugi Matsuri

Yonezawa Uesugi Matsuri

Festival in commemoration of the famous warlord Uesugi Kenshin (1530-1578). Schedule & Key events on May 3: 9:30: Parade of mikoshi of Uesugi-jinja Shrine and floats, through the city’s main street 10:20: Uesugi gundan gyoretsu (about 1,000 Samurai warriors), through the city’s main street ...

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Kanagawa: Odawara Hojo Godai Matsuri

Kanagawa: Odawara Hojo Godai Matsuri

The main event of this festival is musha gyoretsu (a warriors’ procession) from Akagane-mon Gate of the castle, going through the city. Schedule & Key events: 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Musha Gyoretsu parade Location: Odawara Castle and others, Odawara, Kanagawa Access: JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line ...

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Haneda Edo Festival 2015

Haneda Edo Festival 2015

Tokyo’s Haneda Airport is taking visitors on a trip through time. The airport will host the Haneda Edo Festival, a look at what Tokyo (then called Edo) looked and sounded like during the Tokugawa Period. Visitors can see a variety of traditional Japanese arts, ...

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Cinco de Mayo Festival 2015

Cinco de Mayo Festival 2015

The biggest Cinco de Mayo (Fifth of May) festival in Japan is roaring back during Golden Week with events planned for Tokyo and Osaka. Visitors can eat, drink and smash pinatas at the festivals, which both feature more than 40 booths selling everything from ...

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Kasama-no-Toensai (Himatsuri)

Pottery Fair. About 200 stalls are set up in the park. Bus service operated by Ibaraki Kotsu is available between Mashiko area and Kasama area. (1) JR Mito Line to Kasama Station, and then walk 30 min. or take temporary bus (10 min.); (2) ...

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Mibu Kyogen

Medieval pantomime, designated as one of National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. Mibu Kyogen, 30 pantomime skits, have been handed down, and five kinds of which, are performed. Admission is ¥800. From JR Kyoto Station, take municipal bus No. 26 or 28 to Mibudera-michi ...

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Arita Toki Ichi

One of the biggest Ceramic Fair with about 500 stalls held along “Kyudo” route (about 4 km). About one million people visit the fair every year. JR Sanyo Shinkansen Line to Hakata Station. From there, take JR Limited Express “Midori” to Kami-Arita Station or ...

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Iwate: Fujiwara Matsuri

Iwate: Fujiwara Matsuri

Festival features procession of people playing the roles of historical figures and warriors and en’nen-no-mai (Shinto dance with music to pray for longevity and a good harvest of the year), designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. Schedule & Key ...

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Tokyo: Takara-no-mai

Tokyo: Takara-no-mai

Japanese traditional dance in celebration of Children’s Day. Takara-bune (a ship-shaped float laden with treasure) is drawn by children from Denbo-in Temple, going through Kaminarimon gate, to Senso-ji Temple. Schedule & Key events: 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m.-2 p.m. Location: Senso-ji Temple, Taito-ku, Tokyo ...

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Saitama: Otako-age Matsuri

Saitama: Otako-age Matsuri

Giant Kite Flying Festival. Flying two smaller kites, each weighing 150 kg and two giant kites, each weighing 800 kg are featured. The festival may be canceled depending on weather conditions. Schedule & Key events: ● May 3 & 5: 2 p.m. Location: Edogawa ...

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Festival del Cinema Italiano 2015

Festival del Cinema Italiano 2015

Italy has its famed tourist destinations — Venice, Rome, Milan, Florence — but it’s the country’s sandy parks, Adriatic coast pebble beaches and Tuscan countryside that are often more celebrated by Italians. If you’re interested in such rustic beauty and everyday Italian life, take ...

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Bunkyo Tsutsuji Matsuri

Bunkyo Tsutsuji Matsuri

The Azalea Festival at Nezu Shrine. Visitors can enjoy viewing of about 3,000 azalea blossoms and art performances. Admission to the garden is ¥200. (1) Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line to Nezu Station (C14) or Sendagi Station (C15), and then walk 5 min.; (2) Tokyo ...

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Fuji Matsuri

Fuji (wisteria) Flower Festival. There are over 100 wisteria roots in the precincts of the shrine, and they are usually in full bloom in this season. JR Sobu Line to Kameido Station (North Exit), and then walk 15 min. Festival information  compiled in cooperation ...

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Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri

Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri

Cherry Blossom Festival with about 2,600 cherry trees on the ground of Hirosaki Castle and along the castle’s moat in Hirosaki Park. The festival period is subject to change depending on blossoming. JR Ou Honsen Line to Hirosaki Station. From there, walk 20-30 min. ...

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