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Performance in Tsuwano
Performance in Tsuwano
Celebrate an intangible “treasure.” Special performance at Yomei-ji, a Japan Heritage site. Date:Sunday, November 5, 2017
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Colored Leaves Festival
Colored Leaves Festival
When the cool autumn wind begins to blow around Narita, Naritasan Park is transformed into a scene from a Japanese woodblock print. During this season, visitors can enjoy many traditional Japanese experiences, such as playing koto and participating in a tea ceremony held in the garden's tea house. Enjoying a cup of green tea while gazing on the beautiful autumn foliage is sure to create a special memory for all of Narita's visitors.
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Shirahama Fireworks
Shirahama Fireworks
During the Shirahama fireworks display, some 3,000 fireworks are let off to the noisy celebrations of the more than 100,000 spectators there to enjoy the spectacle.
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Koyasan Mando Kuyoe (Candle Festival)
Koyasan Mando Kuyoe (Candle Festival)
This phenomenal candle festival involves lighting some 100,000 candles and holding a memorial service for departed souls in the innermost sanctuary.
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Nachi Fire festival
Nachi Fire festival
The Nachi Fire Festival is one of Japan’s “Big Three” fire festivals. The huge torches, weighing over 50 kg, are brought along the shrine approach.
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Tosa Diary Tsurayuki Festival
Tosa Diary Tsurayuki Festival
This festival commemorates Kino Tsurayuki, 10th-century poet and author of the “Tosa Diary” who served as provincial governor of Nankoku. A historic pageant on Nov. 10 recreates the scenes of his return from Tosa to Kyoto, with participants clad in Heian-era court attire parading in the garden depicted in the “Kokin Wakashu” (Anthology of Ancient and Modern Japanese Poems, compiled in 905) and around Nankoku City’s Gomen-machi district. Cosmos are in full bloom in the garden where sweets made with “azuki” red beans and other delicacies are served. During the festival, exhibitions of chrysanthemums and local products are held, and various restaurants in Nankoku open temporary shops.
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Yosakoi Festival
Yosakoi Festival
The Yosakoi Festival in Kochi is one of Japan’s 10 largest festivals. It has been held for more than 60 years as a summer pastime for people in Kochi. It is an energetic and powerful festival which attracts fans from across the country every year. Dancers carry the “naruko” wooden clappers and gyrate their hips. The festival, from Aug. 9 to 12 every year, starts with a fireworks display, putting the entire city in a festive mood. In addition, teams of Yosakoi dancers perform in the city’s central arcade every Sunday from May to July and in front of JR Kochi Station every Sunday from August to December. You can also sample the atmosphere of the Yosakoi Festival at the Kochi Yosakoi Information Exchange Center all year round.
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Hida Takayama Tezutsu (hand-held) Fireworks Display
Hida Takayama Tezutsu (hand-held) Fireworks Display
A temporary platform is built on the river bed of the Miyagawa River. Fireworks are set off bamboo cylinders handheld by “shooters”, who get showers of sparks from the fireworks, creating extremely exciting scenes. Place: Downstream of Yayoi-bashi Bridge on the Miyagawa River 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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Tanabata (Star) Festival
Tanabata (Star) Festival
In the Hida region, the Tanabata Festival is held on August 7, one month behind the date on solar calendar because the event originates from the position of stars by lunar calendar. Each shopping street celebrates the Tanabata and the Summer Festivals, offering opportunities for eating, sightseeing, playing, and many other experiences of summer.
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Ryuou Festival
Ryuou Festival
The spa town hosts portable shrine and folk entertainment events, and displays of skyrocket fireworks are also scheduled.
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Nikko Toshogu Shrine Annual Grand Spring Festival
Nikko Toshogu Shrine Annual Grand Spring Festival
The biggest event of Nikko Toshogu Shrine. On May 17, the Shrine holds the yabusame ritual in which you can see archers’ arts of piloting the horses and shooting arrows on horsebacks. On May 18, the city has the procession called Hyakumono-Zoroe Sennin Gyoretsu, in which some 1,000 men dressed in samurai warrior outfits march to reproduce the scene where Ieyasu’s grave was being transferred from distant Mount Kunousan in Shizuoka Prefecture to Nikko.
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