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Kyoto: Takekiri-Eshiki

In this bamboo-cutting ceremony, two groups of four men in white robes compete against each other in quickly cutting each long bamboo pole (likened to a big serpent) into six pieces with sharp blades. Schedule & key events: 2 p.m.- Location: Kurama-dera Temple, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Access: From JR ...

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Ibaraki: Suigo Itako Ayame Matsuri

Ayame (iris) Flower Festival. A million iris flowers of 500 species are in bloom in the garden. Admission is free. The festival also feature yomeiri-fune (a boat escorting a bride) and performances of local folk dance and music. Schedule & key events: ● daily ...

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Tokyo: Hozuki Ichi

Hozuki (ground cherry) Fair. Potted ground cherries are sold in the shrine precincts. Schedule & key events: ● daily 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Location: Atago-jinja Shrine, Minato-ku, Tokyo Access: (1) Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line to Kamiyacho Station (H05) (Exit 3), and then walk 5 min. (2) Toei Mita ...

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Mie: Izawano-miya Otaue Matsuri

Rice-planting rites, designated as one of National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties, are peformed at this festival. Parishioners in traditional attire plant rice seedlings in the shrine's sacred paddy field and pray for a good harbest. Schedule & key events: from 11 a.m.: ...

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Takahama Shichinen Matsuri

Takahama Shichinen Matsuri

Hundreds of years ago, plagues and other calamities were attributed to evil spirits, which the residents of Wakasa Province in Fukui Prefecture placated with performing arts and a send-off into the sea. The tradition has continued as a series of events taking place around Sakichi ...

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Shizuoka: Ajisai Matsuri

More than 3 million hydrangeas are blooming at Shimoda Park with a panoramic view of Shimoda Port. During "Hydrangeas Festival," many interesting events will be held. It is a best season to eat Kinmedai (splendid alfonsino) rich in fat during the spring and summer. ...

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Kyoto: Kyoto Antique Fair

Grand Antique Fair with over 300 dealers from around the world. Admission is free. ...

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Tokyo: Chinowa-kuguri / Suijo-sai

Chinowa-kuguri - A traditional ceremony to pray for good health and longevity. Suijo-sai - Shinto purification ceremony of the shrine. Gozabune boat carrying Katashiro (paper cut in the shape of dolls), guarded by dozens of boats, departs from Yanagibashi Bridge and goes down Sumida River ...

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Yamanashi: Fujisan Yama-biraki

Ceremonies to open the official climbing season of Mt. Fuji - the highest mountain in Japan, 3,776 meters high above sea level. There are two major events such as Omichi-Biraki - a ceremony of going through Torii Gate by the priests praying for ...

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Gifu: Nagaragawa Ukai

Gifu: Nagaragawa Ukai

Cormorant fishing. It will be held every day during the period except on the night of the full moon (Sept. 17 this year) or when the water is excessively muddy. Fee is 3,100 JPY or 3,400 JPY without meal. For reservation, please call 058-262-0104 ...

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Aichi: Kisogawa Ukai

Cormorant fishing. Fee is 3,000JPY without meal. There are also lunch cruise every Tue., Thu., Sat. and Sun. with 5,000JPY. For reservation, please call 0568-61-2727 (Kisogawa Kanko) or reserve through major travel agencies. Schedule & key events: ● June 1-Aug. 31 (except Aug. 10) ...

Notice: Event and location information is subject to change.