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Gifu: Tajimi Chawan Matsuri

Ceramic Festival. About 200,000 people come to buy "Mino" ceramic every autumn. Many other events are held during the festival period. Schedule & Key events: ● daily 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Location: Tajimi Mino-yaki Oroshi Center, Tajimi, Gifu Access: JR Chuo Honsen Line to Tajimi Sta. (North Exit), and ...

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Nara: Shika-no Tsuno-kiri

Deer Horn Cutting Event. Admission is 1,000JPY. Please enter by 2:30 p.m.. If it rains heavily, the event will be canceled. Schedule & Key events: ● daily noon-3 p.m. Demonstration of cutting horns Location: Roku-en Garden in Nara Park, Nara, Nara Access: (1) JR Nara Line to ...

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Okinawa: Naha O-tsunahiki Matsuri

Grand Tug of War Festival featuring Hatagashira Gyoretsu (a parade of men holding 14 long flags which are the symbols of each community). Schedule & Key events: ● Oct. 12 2:05 p.m.-6:10 p.m. Parade of Shishi-mai (lion dance), folk dancing and performing arts on Kokusai-dori Street ● ...

MON

Tokyo: Kusajishi-shiki

Japanese archery ritual. The archers dressed in ceremonial robes shoot arrows at the targets (figures of a deer) according to traditional rites. If it rains, the ritual will be held in Nohgakudo Hall in the shrine precincts. Schedule & Key events: from 11 a.m.: and 1:30 ...

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Ibaraki: Kasama Roman

Pottery & Food Fair. Stalls selling Kasama-yaki potteries, local Kasama farm products, and snack foods are set up in the park. BIG BAND PICNIC in KASAMA, the music concert by many jazz orchestras, will be held on the open air stage in the park. ...

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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: ● Oct. 1-Oct. 15 7 ...

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Hyogo: Nada-no Kenka Matsuri

Fighting Festival or annual festival of the shrine. The highlight of this festival is three huge mikoshi jostling by teams of loin-clothed youth in and out of the shrine precincts. Schedule & Key events: ● Oct. 14 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Procession of seven gorgeous Yatai floats ...

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Ehime: Saijo Matsuri

Festival of four shrines: Kamo-jinja Shrine on Oct. 12 & 13, Iwaoka-jinja Shrine on Oct. 14 & 15, Isono-jinja Shrine on Oct. 15 & 16 and Iizumi-jinja Shrine on Oct. 16 & 17. The biggest of all is festival of Isono-jinja Shrine, featuring about ...

THU

Tokyo: Takaosan Shu-ki Taisai

Annual Autumn Festival of the temple featuring a parade of children in fancy attire, mountain priests and drum & fife bands. Schedule & Key events: 11 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Parade from Jyuichi-chome Jaya (tea house) near ...

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Tochigi: Nikko Tosho-gu Shu-ki Taisai

Grand Autumn Festival of the shrine. The highlight of this festival is a procession of about 800 armor-clad people followed by mikoshi. Schedule & Key events: ● Oct. 16 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Yabusame on Omote-Sando Street ● Oct. 17 ...

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Ehime: Niihama Taiko Matsuri

Drum Festival. 54 huge Taiko (literally meaning drums, but these are floats gorgeously adorned with imagined figures of dragons, wild birds and beasts, which are embroidered with gold and silver threads), each are carried by over 150 men who jostle with one another and ...

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Tokyo: Kishimojin O-eshiki

Buddhist memorial service featuring a night procession of people carrying about 50 Mando. Many open-air stalls are set up in the compound of the temple and its neighborhood daily during the festival period. Schedule & Key events: ● Oct. 17 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. ...

FRI

Tokyo: Kinryu-no-mai

Golden Dragon Dance. The dance to pray for a rich harvest of the year is performed three times a day. Golden Dragon parades from Kaminarimon Gate or Denpoin Tempe to the Main Hall, and Kinryu-no-mai is performed with Japanese musical instrumets on the ground ...

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Iwate: Kamaishi Matsuri

Festival of two shrines. The highlight of this festival is Hikifune Matsuri, festival of towing a ship, in which mikoshi of Osaki-jinja Shrine carried onto the ship sails in Kamaishi Bay. Schedule & Key events: ● Oct. 19 from 10 a.m.: Hikifune Matsuri ● Oct. 20 from ...

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Aichi: Nagoya Matsuri

Festival featuring parades led by a troop of the three most famous feudal lords in the age of warriors; "Nobunaga Oda" (1534-1582), "Hideyoshi Toyotomi" (1536-1598) and "Ieyasu Tokugawa" (1542-1616). Many events are scheduled at the festival sites in the city during the festival period. Schedule ...

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