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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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Ikebana × Hyakudankaidan 2017

Ikebana × Hyakudankaidan 2017

What sets the Hotel Gajoen Tokyo (formerly known as Meguro Gajoen) apart from other buildings is its wooden Hyakudan Kaidan, which translates as "staircase of 100 steps" and leads visitors to seven gorgeous banquet rooms. The space is packed with old paintings, but this autumn ...

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