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Bon Odori Dancing Festivals in Tokyo

July 20, 2016 by Ray Proper

Obon is an annual event where Buddhists and Confucians celebrate their ancestors.  Buddhists and many Japanese people in general believe that every year during Obon their ancestor’s spirits will return from “beyond the grave” for three days to visit with relatives they left behind. The highlight of summer in Japan is the Obon holiday season, when […]

Toyohashi Gion Festival

July 14, 2016 by Ray Proper

If you are looking to get a festival in, it is on and popping in Toyohashi City on July 16th! The Toyohashi Gion Matsuri features hand held fireworks on Friday, and aerial fireworks on Saturday. On Sunday is the Mikoshi parade. Saturday is probably the best day to go, and in my experience fireworks and vendors selling greasy Japanese […]

Gifu Castle Panorama Night View

July 5, 2016 by Ray Proper

If you are looking for a cool place to spend a hot summer night I have just the spot; Gifu! Gifu City is a mere 20 minute train ride from Nagoya, but it is generally cooler than Nagoya, although in fairness it is also colder in the winter-funny how that works, isn’t it? It stands to reason that […]

Tanabata Star Festivals Around Nagoya

June 22, 2016 by Ray Proper

The Tanabata Festival is celebrated annually on either July 7 or August 7, depending on where you are in Japan. The festival celebrates the legend of two lovers, represented by the Altair (Cowherd Star) and Vega (Weaver Star), tragically separated by the Milky Way and allowed to meet only once a year. More about the legend of […]

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