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Ehime: Niihama Taiko Matsuri

Drum Festival. 54 huge Taiko (literally meaning drums, but these are floats gorgeously adorned with imagined figures of dragons, wild birds and beasts, which are embroidered with gold and silver threads), each are carried by over 150 men who jostle with one another and ...

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Tokyo: Kishimojin O-eshiki

Buddhist memorial service featuring a night procession of people carrying about 50 Mando. Many open-air stalls are set up in the compound of the temple and its neighborhood daily during the festival period. Schedule & Key events: ● Oct. 17 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. ...

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Tokyo: Kinryu-no-mai

Golden Dragon Dance. The dance to pray for a rich harvest of the year is performed three times a day. Golden Dragon parades from Kaminarimon Gate or Denpoin Tempe to the Main Hall, and Kinryu-no-mai is performed with Japanese musical instrumets on the ground ...

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Iwate: Kamaishi Matsuri

Festival of two shrines. The highlight of this festival is Hikifune Matsuri, festival of towing a ship, in which mikoshi of Osaki-jinja Shrine carried onto the ship sails in Kamaishi Bay. Schedule & Key events: ● Oct. 19 from 10 a.m.: Hikifune Matsuri ● Oct. 20 from ...

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Aichi: Nagoya Matsuri

Festival featuring parades led by a troop of the three most famous feudal lords in the age of warriors; "Nobunaga Oda" (1534-1582), "Hideyoshi Toyotomi" (1536-1598) and "Ieyasu Tokugawa" (1542-1616). Many events are scheduled at the festival sites in the city during the festival period. Schedule ...

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Mie: Ueno Tenjin Matsuri

Festival, registered as the Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, featuring a parade of nine lavishly-decorated Danjiri and Oni (people wearing comical ogre-costumes and masks). Schedule & Key events: ● Oct. 18 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Exhibition of all floats decorated with lighted lanterns on the city's main ...

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Shimane: Matsuesai Dou-Gyoretsu

Festival featuring a parade in which about 15 floats, on each of which two or three huge drums called "Dou" are placed, are drawn by children and townspeople while drums are pleasantly beaten by men accompanied with the floats. Schedule & Key events: ● Oct. 20 11:45 ...

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Okayama: Bizen-yaki Matsuri

Pottery Fair, held at Bizen-yaki Dento Sangyo Kaikan and fair sites of many stalls set up around JR Inbe Sta. Schedule & Key events: ● Oct. 19 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. ● Oct. 20 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Location: Bizen-yaki Dento Sangyo Kaikan,, Inbe, Bizen, Okayama Access: JR Ako Line ...

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Tokyo: Yasukuni-jinja Shu-ki Reitaisai

Annual Autumn Festival of the shrine. Many performing arts are presented in the shrine precincts during the festival period. Schedule & Key events: Many performing arts (Dates and hours are still to be arranged as of Sep.24) Location: Yasukuni-jinja Shrine, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Access: Tokyo Metro Tozai, ...

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Tokyo: Kotokumin Matsuri (Kiba-no Kakunori / Fukagawa-no Chikaramochi)

Koto Citizen's Festival. Main events are Kiba-no-Kaku-nori (acrobatic stunts on rolling squared timbers), Teko-mai dance by woman in male attire, and Fukagawa-no-Chikara-mochi in which men demonstrate their great strength by lifting straw bags filled with rice. Schedule & Key events: ● daily ...

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Saitama: Kawagoe Matsuri

Festival designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties, and registered as the Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The highlight of this festival is a parade of 18 adorned floats to the tune of Ohayashi festival music with Taiko drumming and Japanese ...

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Kyoto: Kurama-no-Himatsuri

Fire Festival. Long rows of balefire are lit up, and gaily-dressed children march along the street bearing burning torches in their hands, followed by adults bearing larger ones. Schedule & Key events: from 6 p.m.: Balefire are lit up on Kurama-Kaido Street Location: Yuki-jinja Shrine,, Sakyo-ku, ...

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Kyoto: Jidai Matsuri

Festival of Eras, one of the three main festivals in Kyoto. The highlight of this festival is a procession of over 2,000 people clad in the costumes representing each era during a millennium when Kyoto was the capital of Japan. If it rains, the ...

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Aichi: Miya Matsuri

Festival with a 300-year history. The highlight of this festival is Kaichu-Togyo (people carrying floats into the sea and parading around). Schedule & Key events: ● Oct. 26 1:40 p.m.-6:20 p.m. Parade of four huge floats from each different district to Yatsurugi-jinja Shrine through the city, ...

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Yamanashi: Kawanakajima Kassen Sengoku Emaki

Sham Battles of famous "Kawanakajima Kassen" battle fought between famous warlords, "Takeda Shingen" and "Uesugi Kenshin," in the 16th century. The battles are held by 900 people on the riverbeds of Fuefuki River, in front of Fuefuki city hall. Schedule & Key events: from ...

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Okayama: Tsuyama Matsuri

Annual Festivals of the shrines, with a 400-year history, featuring magnificently sculptured Danjiri and lavishly adorned Dashi, and a huge mikoshi carried by over 100 youths, accompanied by Danjiri. Schedule & Key events: ● Oct. 20 daytime Parade of Danjiri and Dashi from Osumi-jinja ...

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