3 May
5 May

Hitachi Furyumono(Kamine Shrine daisairei)

Hitachi City, Ibaraki Pref.

Over 100 Years Afternoon See Kanto

The Hitachi Furyumono is not the name of the festival, but the name of the giant floats containing several different mechanical contraptions, or "tricks," known as "Karakuri". Karakuri have been used in Japan for ages and their mechanical quality is just exquisite. These floats, reaching 15m in height and weighing...

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The Hitachi Furyumono is not the name of the festival, but the name of the giant floats containing several different mechanical contraptions, or "tricks," known as "Karakuri". Karakuri have been...

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3 Jun

Otaue Matsuri “Seppetobe”

Hioki City, Kagoshima Pref.

Over 400 Years See Kyushu

Seppetobe is a 400 year-old local rice-planting festival. Young men covered in mud drinking imo-shochu (distilled sake brewed from potatoes), sing the “seppetobe” songs huddled in the rice fields. They dance to “till the field”, and to “crush the pests”, praying for a massive harvest. “Seppetobe!” in Kagoshima’s local dialect...

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Seppetobe is a 400 year-old local rice-planting festival. Young men covered in mud drinking imo-shochu (distilled sake brewed from potatoes), sing the “seppetobe” songs huddled in the rice fields. They...

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3 May

Mino Takehana Matsuri

Hashima City, Gifu Pref.

Over 400 Years Afternoon See Chubu

The Mino Takehana Matsuri and Fuji Matsuri are held in May in Hashima City, Gifu Prefecture. On May 3rd, go see the thirteen festival floats made over 200 years ago and the performances given on top of them for the Mino Takehana Matsuri. Each float is a beautiful piece of...

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The Mino Takehana Matsuri and Fuji Matsuri are held in May in Hashima City, Gifu Prefecture. On May 3rd, go see the thirteen festival floats made over 200 years ago...

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3 May
5 May

Seihakusai Festival

Nanao City, Ishikawa Pref.

Over 1000 Years All Day Join Hokuriku

【UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage】Seihakusai, the grand annual festival of O-tokonushi Shrine (Sanno Shrine), is the largest spring festival of the Noto region. The ancient festival was declared the national festival of Noto in the year 981 during the Heian era. It has since continued yearly to welcome the divine, and...

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【UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage】Seihakusai, the grand annual festival of O-tokonushi Shrine (Sanno Shrine), is the largest spring festival of the Noto region. The ancient festival was declared the national festival...

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2 Jun
3 Jun

Yobuko Otsunahiki

Karatsu City, Saga Pref.

Over 400 Years Afternoon Join Kyushu

The festival traditionally began when Toyotomi Hideyoshi who conquered Japan made his army men pull the marine boats with ropes to boost soldiers' morale. The festival is held spanning two days; kids' tug-of-war on the first Saturday of July, and the adults' on the following Sunday.The town's residents split into hill-team...

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The festival traditionally began when Toyotomi Hideyoshi who conquered Japan made his army men pull the marine boats with ropes to boost soldiers' morale. The festival is held spanning two days...

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