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Tokyo: Yushima Tenjin Sai

Tokyo: Yushima Tenjin Sai

Annual Festival of the shrine. Mikoshi parade through the neighborhood, and edosato-kagura (Shinto dance with music) is performed several times a day. The festival is rather small in scale this year. Schedule & Key events: ● May 28 from 10 a.m.: Parade of mikoshi ...

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Italia, Amore Mio!

Italia, Amore Mio!

Magnifico! To celebrate 150 years of relations between Italy and Japan, the Italian Chamber of Commerce is throwing a two-day event to highlight decades of international friendship. After all, Marco Polo is somewhat responsible for the country being called “Japan” in English when he ...

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The 48th Sand Festival

The 48th Sand Festival

Tokyo Skytree, a huge moray eel and Buddha on a lotus blossom are just three things that have been built out of white sand at previous sand festivals on Shirarahama Beach in Shirahama, Wakayama. The beach has seen surfers and sunbathers since May 3 ...

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Coleman Outdoor Resort Park 2016

Coleman Outdoor Resort Park 2016

Ask most Tokyoites and they will probably agree that it’s good to get out of the city every once in a while. But city slickers not used to the great outdoors might need some enlightening before they head out. Outdoor gear manufacturer Coleman Japan ...

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Laos Festival 2016

Laos Festival 2016

Golden Week has come and gone, leaving opportunities for travel on the distant horizon. If your vacation plans didn’t materialize during the holidays, there’s still hope: Laos Festival 2016 is one of a series of culturally themed events being held in Yoyogi Park this ...

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Tokyo: Hanazono-jinja Reitaisai

Annual Festival of the shrine. The highlight of the festival is a procession of mikoshi (two portable shrines) and floats from the shrine, parading on Yasukuni-dori Street, Shinjuku-dori Street and Meiji-dori Street. Schedule & Key events: ● May 29 9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. ...

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Game on

Game on

Game On, a globe-trotting traveling video-gaming exhibition that has already racked up 2 million visitors, is finally reaching Tokyo. Aimed at all ages, “Game On” features everything from retroclassics — including “Pacman,” “Space Invaders” and “Mario Bros.” — to the latest releases of “Metal ...

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Dinosaur Expo 2016

Dinosaur Expo 2016

The Cretaceous Period is being dug up again in Tokyo for the Dinosaur Expo 2016 at the National Museum of Nature and Science, which brings to the city two giant prehistoric exhibits. A skeletal reconstruction of a Tyrannosaurus Rex will be displayed along with ...

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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: ● daily 6:30 p.m.-10 ...

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Universal Cool Japan 2016

Universal Cool Japan 2016

Last year’s Universal Cool Japan campaign, which included a number of manga-, anime- and game-inspired attractions at the major theme park, was such a success that it enjoyed an extended run. Now it returns, bringing with it upgrades to the “Evangelion,” “Attack on Titan,” ...

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The Snoopy Museum: My Favorite Peanuts

The Snoopy Museum: My Favorite Peanuts

In Japan, “The Peanuts Movie” is being released under the title of “I Love Snoopy,” which should give you an idea of how much this country loves the cheeky canine. Charlie who? So it makes perfect sense that Tokyo will host the world’s first ...

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Belgian Beer Weekend

Belgian Beer Weekend

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Belgium-Japan relations and the organizers of the Belgian Beer Weekend hope you’ll celebrate with a drink. Belgium is home to 1,500 varieties of suds created by 168 breweries. Since this is a special anniversary for the two ...

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Kamo River Summer Terraces

Kamo River Summer Terraces

Over the centuries, Japanese people have thought up many ways to combat the muggy summer weather. Kyotoites in particular have always beat the heat with a certain elegance, one way being to take their meals on kawayuka (dining terraces built on rivers). This tradition ...

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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. 15 this year) or when the water is excessively muddy. Fee is ¥3,100 (weekdays) or ¥3,400 (Sat., Sun. and national holidays), without meal. For ...

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Nanyo Region Healing Tours

Nanyo Region Healing Tours

Ehime Prefecture already has a lot to offer the tourist — mandarin-orange groves, high-quality locally produced cotton towels and onsen spas — but to encourage even more visitors, the Healing Tours campaign in the southern region of Nanyo is highlighting a program of relaxing ...

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