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48th Toyota Oiden Festival

48th Toyota Oiden Festival

Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, isn’t just famous for cars — it also hosts the Toyota Oiden Festival, which features two dance events. The first, My Town Oiden, will be held weekends between June 18 and July 17. Dozens of dance teams will perform at 14 ...

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Taiwan Festa 2016

Taiwan Festa 2016

After a brief hiatus following the March 11 disaster, the Taiwan Festa is coming back to Japan. Yoyogi Park will transform into a mini Taipei during the last week in July as the festival will highlight Taiwanese tourist attractions, food, music and dance. The ...

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Yoshino River Festival 2016

Yoshino River Festival 2016

The Yoshino River estuary, a spot for fishing and wind surfing in Tokushima, is about to get busier as one of the area’s annual festivals kicks off. Visitors will be able to enjoy local food, sightseeing tours on the river, fireworks displays and an ...

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Nagaoka Festival

See more than 10,000 shells being fired at the Nagaoka Festival.

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World Cosplay Summit 2016

World Cosplay Summit 2016

The best of cosplay, in which fans of manga and anime dress up as characters, will be on display at the World Cosplay Summit. Lagu-Cos 2016, an event at the Laguna Ten Bosch resort, kicks things off with the opportunity to snap pictures of ...

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Jingu Gaien Fireworks Festival

See more than 10,000 shells being fired at the Jingu Gaien Fireworks Festival. Jingu Court, Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Meijijingu Baseball Stadium, Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

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Respect Jamaican Festival

Buoyed by the prevailing popularity of reggae music, Jamaica has become a fixture of Tokyo summers. Following the One Love Jamaica Festival held at Yoyogi Park in May this year, lovers of good vibrations can soak up the Caribbean spirit at the Respect Jamaican ...

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Asakusa Samba Carnival

There are plenty of flamboyant costumes at a newer festival, the Brazil-themed Asakusa Samba Carnival.

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Omogari National Fireworks Competition

See more than 10,000 shells being fired at the Omogari National Fireworks Competition. Event space at the Omono-gawa River, Daisen, Akita Pref.

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Wa no Akari x Hyakudan Kaidan 2016

Wa no Akari x Hyakudan Kaidan 2016

See traditional Japan in a way you haven’t before: lit up from the inside. The elaborate wedding complex and community space Meguro Gajoen in Tokyo is hosting a two-month exhibition of wa no akari (Japanese-style illumination) in its culturally significant Hyakudan Kaidan (Hundred-Step Staircase) ...

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Midtown Loves Summer 2016

Midtown Loves Summer 2016

The Tokyo Midtown complex in Minato Ward is offering visitors various ways to beat the heat this summer. Guests can refresh themselves with cool foot baths, relax to the sounds of wind chimes or take part in activities suitable for children. Some may even ...

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Milky Way Illumination at Tokyo Tower

Milky Way Illumination at Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower’s Tanabata celebrations aren’t the nation’s biggest — that distinction goes to one in Sendai — but they start well in advance of the holiday and look fantastic. The Minato Ward landmark’s main observatory and its outer staircase will be lit up with ...

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Enmusubi Furin

Enmusubi Furin

In the summer months, a gentle breeze is a welcome respite from the sweltering heat. The wind, according to Shinto, signifies not only the presence of the gods but also the channel by which believers’ prayers are conveyed to heaven. For the second year, ...

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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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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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