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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), and then walk 5 min.; (2) Toei ...

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Mie: Izawano-miya Otaue-sai

Rice-planting Rites, designated as one of National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. Parishioners in traditional attire transplant rice seedlings to the tune of music in the sacred paddy field of the shrine, praying for bumper crops of this year. Schedule & Key events: from ...

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Himeji Yukata Festival

Himeji Yukata Festival

The yukata is a ubiquitous piece of clothing in the summer. Its popularity supposedly got a boost when daimyo Sakakibara Masamine (1715-43) allowed his people to attend a festival at Osakabe Shrine in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, dressed in the informal kimono. That event is ...

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EU Film Days 2017

EU Film Days 2017

EU Film Days celebrates its 15th anniversary this year with a carefully curated selection of cinematic gems from Europe. Twenty-eight films will be screened during the festival, which will be jointly held at the National Film Center in Tokyo and The Museum of Kyoto. ...

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Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia

Viewers can be swept up into a variety of worlds during the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, showing 250 films at six venues in Tokyo and Yokohoma throughout June. Born from a passion project of actor Tetsuya Bessho in 1999, Short Shorts Film ...

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Tokyo: Heiwajima Kotto Matsuri

Antique fair where more than 300 dealers participate in. Admission is free. Please enter an hour before the closing time on June 25. Schedule & Key events: ● June 23 & 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ● June 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: Tokyo Ryutsu ...

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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. Yomeiri-fune (a boat escorting a bride) and local Japanese entertainments are performed during the festival period. Schedule & Key events: ● every Wednesday from ...

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Tokyo: Hanashobu

Shobu (iris) Flower Festival. There are about 1,500 iris roots in the garden. Iris flowers are usually in full bloom in mid-June. Admission is ¥500. Please enter the garden at least 30 min. before the closing time. Schedule & Key events: ● weekdays 8 ...

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Shizuoka: Ajisai Matsuri & Kinme Matsuri

More than 3 million hydrangeas are blooming at Shimoda Park with a panoramic view of Shimoda Port. During the Hydrangeas Festival, many interesting events will be held. Kinme Festival will be held at the same time. It is a best season to eat kinmedai ...

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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 ...

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Yamanashi: Fujisan Yama-biraki

Yamanashi: Fujisan Yama-biraki

Ceremonies to open the official climbing season of Mount 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 the safety of ...

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Kyoto: Kyoto-dai Antique Fair

Grand Antique Fair with about 330 dealers from around the world. Admission is free. Schedule & Key events: ● June 30 & July 1 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ● July 2 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: Pulse Plaza, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto Access: Kintetsu Kyoto Line or Karasuma ...

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Osaka: Aizen Matsuri

One of the biggest summer festivals in Osaka, featuring a parade of hoe-kago (palanquin) with women inside carried by people and other women in yukata. Some other events are scheduled during the festival period. Schedule & Key events: ● June 30, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. ...

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77th Great East Japan Earthquake Charity Run

Runners can enjoy a view of the Imperial Palace while raising funds for the Great East Earthquake Japan recovery efforts this July. Runners can choose from a 5 km, 10 km, or 15 km individual, in addition to a 20 km team relay race. ...

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