Festivals in Japan
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Among the many sightseeing spots in Japan, we will introduce the ones related to festivals by prefecture.
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The Sapporo Snow Festival is a captivating winter wonderland, showcasing stunning snow sculptures and intricate ice carvings. This week-long event transforms the heart of Sapporo into a magical destination, offering visitors delightful attractions, delicious local cuisine, and a unique cultural experience.
The Nagoya Festival is part of a festival held every autumn in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture. The Hometown Heroes Parade is a parade celebrating the heroes of Nagoya City's history, specifically Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu. These great warlords are reenacted by people dressed in period costumes, and their march through the streets of Nagoya is a sight to behold. This parade is one of the highlights of the Nagoya Festival, an important event that honors the history and culture of Nagoya City.
The Gujo Odori is a vibrant summer dance festival in Gifu Prefecture, Japan, offering a unique cultural experience. The festival encourages participatory enjoyment, inviting tourists to join the locals in dance circles. The traditional music, played live on shamisen, drums, and flutes, enhances the festive atmosphere.
The Gion Festival is one of the largest festivals in Japan and is held every July in Kyoto. The festival is a time of thanksgiving to the gods and prayers for the purification of the city from epidemics, and attracts many tourists during Yoiyama, when the floats line the streets of Kyoto, and during Mikoshi-togyo and Yamahoko Junko, the procession of portable shrines.
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( Written by Tatsuo Ikura )