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Kyoto: Arashiyama Ukai

Cormorant fishing. Fee is ¥1,800 without meal. Tickets are put on sale on the day from 1 hr. before the departure time. No reservation is necessary unless you charter a boat for a group. Schedule & Key events: ● Sept. 1-23, 6:30 p.m.-, 7:30 p.m.- Location: Oi ...

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Ishikawa: Koi-koi Matsuri

Festival featuring a parade of o-shishi mikoshi (portable shrine shaped like a huge lion head carried by town's people) and geisha, and yamanaka-bushi-wa-odori dancing parade by thousands of people in festival attire to the sound of shamisen (three-stringed musical instruments), flutes and drums on ...

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Kyoto: Seimei-jinja Reisai

Annual Festival of the shrine. Main event of the festival is shinko-sai (a parade of mikoshi led by a traditional boys' drums and fifes band, the carriages of the halberds, girls in beautiful attire, and decorated horses), proceeding on the main streets in the ...

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Tokyo: Ozumo Kugatsu Basho

Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan. Dohyo-iri (the ring-entering ceremonies) by Yokozuna (the grand champions) take place around 3:55 p.m. daily. Then the main matches by maku-uchi (upper-rank Sumo wrestlers) start. Advance tickets are sold at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Ticket Pia, convenience stores, and so on. ...

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Tokyo: Fukuro Matsuri

Annual Festival of the area. The highlight of this festival is a parade of mikoshi accompanied by people beating taiko on the streets of JR Ikebukuro Station West Exit area. Many other events are scheduled during the festival period. Schedule & Key events: ● Sept. 23 12:40 ...

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Chiba: Ohara Hadaka Matsuri

The highlight of the event is when local residents carry mikoshi (portable shrines) and wade into the sea in an energetic frenzy. This is called shiofumi in Japanese. It will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 23 at Ohara Beach. This is followed ...

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Fukushima: Aizu Matsuri

Festival of the area. The highlight of this festival is aizu-han-ko gyoretsu (a procession in honor of a feudal lord of the Aizu domain and his 500 armored warriors). Some more events are scheduled during the festival period. Schedule & Key events: ● Sept. 22 7 p.m.-8:30 ...

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Kyoto: Hagi Matsuri

Japanese bush clover festival. Bush clovers are beautifully planted all over the shrine precincts. Several Japanese traditional performances are scheduled. Fee for tea ceremony is ¥800 or ¥1,500. Schedule & Key events: ● Sept. 23 from 11 a.m.: Japanese dance performance from noon: Iai (art of Japanese sword ...

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Mie: Jingu Aki-no-Kagura-sai

Autumn Festival at the shrine. If it rains, Jingu Bugaku will be performed in the Sanshuden Hall only once from 11 a.m. on the day. Schedule & Key events: ● daily from 11 a.m.: & from 2 p.m.: Jingu Bugaku on the makeshift stage in Shin-en of ...

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'Pageant of Flowers and Light'

'Pageant of Flowers and Light'

The Hiroshima Botanical Garden wants to introduce you to the world of night-blooming flowers at its September event, "Pageant of Flowers and Light." To make things easier to see, the typically nocturnal blooms will be lit up with creative lighting. For instance, the hothouse of ...

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Tokyo: Yabo Tenman-gu Reitai-sai

Annual Festival of the shrine. This year, it is the grand festival held once every five years. The highlight of this festival is a parade of horen (sacred palanquins) and people wearing ancient costumes. Schedule & Key events: ● Sept. 22 from 8 p.m.: Parade of people ...

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Kyoto: Kushi Matsuri

Comb Festival featuring a colorful parade of about 45 women having their hair done in various coiffures representing each era from ancient times to the present day and in clothes reflecting those eras. If it rains, the parade will be canceled. Schedule & Key events: from ...

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Kyoto: Ujigawa Ukai

Cormorant fishing. Fee is 2,000 (child ¥1,000) without meal. Tickets are put on sale 30 min. before the boarding time on the day. No reservation is necessary unless you charter a boat for a group. Schedule & Key events: ● Sept. 1-Sept. 30, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Location: ...

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Gunma: Yassa Matsuri

Festival with a 400-year history. Youths wearing loin-clothes jostle each other in the shrine precincts, shouting "Yassa, Yassa," and vie with one another climbing up the pillars to be the first getting the bell attached to the top of the ceiling in the shrine. Schedule ...

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Win a free pair of tickets to film festival pre-event

Win a free pair of tickets to film festival pre-event

The Tokyo International Film Festival is Japan's biggest cinematic extravaganza and it takes place this year between Oct. 25 and Nov. 3. The Japan Times has 10 pairs of tickets to give away to a pre-festival showing of last year's opening film, "Florence Foster Jenkins" ...

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Aichi: Kisogawa Ukai

Cormorant fishing. Fee is ¥2,600 (weekdays on Sept. 1-Oct. 15) or ¥2,900 (every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 18 and Oct. 9), without meal. There are also lunch cruise every Tue., Thur., Sat. and Sun. with ¥4,500 (Tue. and Thur. on Sept. 1-Oct. 15) or ...

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