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Hokkaido: Akanko Marimo Matsuri

Festival on the shores of Lake Akan. Marimo (unique spherical green algae) is the nation's special natural monument and a symbol of this festival which features traditional dances and religious rites handed down by the Ainu people.

Schedule & Key events:
● Oct. 9
from 7:30 p.m.: Ritual pray by Ekashi (the elder of Ainu)
from 8:15 p.m.: Ainu-odori (traditional folk dances) at Ainu Theater Ikoro
● Oct. 10
from 11:30 a.m.: Ritual pray in which Ekashi in a traditional Ainu dugout canoe softly puts Marimo down one by one into the lake

Location: Lake Akan,, Akan-cho, Kushiro, Hokkaido

(1) JR Nemuro Honsen Line to Kushiro Sta. From there, take bus to Akanko Onsen Bus Stop (2 hrs.) (2) From Kushiro Airport, take bus to Akanko Onsen Bus Stop (1 hr.)

Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.