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Kawagoe in Saitama Prefecture invites you to its unique cultural events on Feb. 28 in conjunction with the famous monthly antique market held at Naritasan Betsuin temple in the city.

Kawagoe City is known as Ko-Edo (Little Edo) because the city has retained cultural properties and historic buildings, such as kura-zukuri merchant houses, which represent the culture of the Edo Period (1603-1867). The area around Ichiban-gai in Saiwai-cho, especially, has kept its traditional aspect and, in the streets overlooked by the Toki no Kane (an Edo Period clocktower rebuilt after a fire in 1893), shopkeepers trade and craftsmen work behind old-fashioned split curtains.

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