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Things to do / Traditional festivals

Aioi Peron Festival

While pēron (dragon boat) racing has been a familiar sight in Nagasaki Prefecture for over 350 years, the city of Aioi in Hyogo Prefecture has embraced the tradition for nearly a century.

The Aioi Peron Festival will start with a bang on May 25 with a fireworks display from 7:50 p.m. On May 26, a mikoshi (portable shrine) parade will take place before the main event: thrilling boat races at Aioi Bay with 65 teams — each consisting of 32 members including two percussionists — battling it out on the water to speed to victory. (Yuki Yamauchi)