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Hiroshima: Kangen-sai

Court Music Festival. Schedule & Key events: from 4:40 p.m.: Mikoshi on Goza-bune (brightly illuminated sacred boat) is towed by three boats to the large red-painted Torii Gate standing in the sea from 7:20 p.m.: Mikoshi is towed away across the channel to Jigozen-jinja Shrine on the ...

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Tokyo: Sumomo Matsuri

Sumomo (plum) Festival. About 120 stalls selling plums are set up in the shrine precincts. Crow-pattern Uchiwa fans are sold in front of Haiden hall. (It is said that a crow drove away evil in the past.) Schedule & Key events: 6 a.m.-9 p.m. ...

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Saitama: Chichibu Kawase Matsuri

Annual Festival of the shrine. The highlight of this festival is mikoshi-arai, a ritual that mikoshi is carried into Arakawa River. Schedule & Key events: ● July 19 from 7 p.m.: Rite to build a pillar to welcome Susanoo, Shinto god, at the ...

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Niigata: Kozan Matsuri

Gold Mine Festival. The town was once a gold mining town in feudal days. Schedule & Key events: ● July 20 from 8 p.m.: Local folk dancing parade on the town's main streets ...

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Fukuoka: Kokura Gion Daiko

Drumming Festival. Each town in the city has its own drums, which are beaten by the townspeople going through the neighborhoods during the festival period. Schedule & Key events: ● July 20 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Demonstration of drumming at Otemon-mae Hiroba ● July 21 11 a.m.-2:40 p.m. ...

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Saitama: Uchiwa Matsuri

Annual Festival of the shrine with more than 250 years history, featuring a parade of beautifully decorated 12 floats to the tune of festival music daily during the period. The highlight of this festival is Tatakiai in which young men compete in drumming on ...

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Tokyo: Katsushika Noryo Hanabi Taikai

Fireworks Display with about 13,000 fireworks over Edogawa River. Depend on the weather conditions, the event will be postponed to next day. Schedule & Key events: 7:20 p.m.-8:20 p.m. Location: Shibamata Yakyu-jo (Edogawa River), Katsushika-ku, Tokyo Access: Keisei Kanamachi Line to Shibamata Sta., and then walk 10 min. Festival information ...

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Fukushima: Aizu-Tajima Gion Matsuri

Festival of the shrines, designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. Schedule & Key events: ● July 22 from 1 p.m.: Kodomo-Kabuki performance on the floats set in the center of the town from 4 p.m.: Parade of four O-yatai, on which ...

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Ehime: Uwajima Ushi-Oni Matsuri

One of the biggest summer festival in Shikoku region. Festival comes its climax when three mikoshi on the boat are carried on the sea and Hashirikomi (men scramble for catching sacred white strips of paper hanging from a tall bamboo pole standing at ...

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Osaka: Tenjin Matsuri

Festival, with over a 1,000-year history, counted as one of the three grandest festivals in Japan. This festival features Horen on the sacred boat, going upstream on Okawa River, followed by a fleet of a hundred of boats decorated with lighted lanterns. Schedule & Key ...

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Wakayama: Tanabe Matsuri

Festival with a 450-year history and noted for its Okasa. The highlight of this festival is a parade of mikoshi, three decorated horses, townspeople in traditional attire and eight Okasa. Schedule & Key events: ● July 24 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Parade from the shrine, ...

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Niigata: Yahiko Toro Matsuri

Lantern Festival, with a 1,000-year history and designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. The highlight of this festival is a procession of mikoshi, floats decorated with lots of lanterns, and hundreds people holding lanterns each. Schedule & Key events: ● July ...

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Tokyo: Noryo-no-Yube

Toro-nagashi in the moat at Chidorigafuchi Park. If it rains, the event will be postponed to next day. Schedule & Key events: 7 p.m.- 8:20 p.m. Location: Chidorigafuchi Park, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Access: Tokyo Metro Tozai, Hanzomon Line or Toei Shinjuku Subway Line to Kudanshita Sta. (T07, Z06, S05)(Exit 2), ...

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Shizuoka: Enshu Arai-no Tezutsu Hanabi

Fireworks Display, characterized by the pillars of fire, rising fire exceeding 20 meters up in the air, gushing out of cylinders held in the arms of young men. Schedule & Key events: ● July 26 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Fireworks display in the playground of Arai Elementary ...

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Shimane: Gion Matsuri

Sagi-mai-Shinji or Heron Dance, designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. Two men dressed like herons and others in traditional costumes perform the dance in tune with leisurely music of drums, pipes and bells. Schedule & Key events: ● July 20 3 p.m.-5:30 ...

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Yamaguchi山口県: Yamaguchi Gion Matsuri

Annual Festival of the shrine. The highlight of this festival is "So-odori Yamaguchi Minakoi Nonta," a folk dancing parade of about 1,500 people in tune with the merry music through the city. Many events are scheduled during the festival period. Schedule & Key events: ● July ...

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