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Kochi’s Yosakoi Festival

Have you heard of the “Yosakoi Festival”? It’s a very striking festival, in which dancers with wooden clappers called “naruko” dance along to the beat. The festival was first held over 60 years ago, and it has become such a popular phenomenon both in Japan and worldwide that it is currently held in 18 different locations across the world.
Kochi is the original home of the Yosakoi Festival.

Okayama Prefecture – Kurashiki Tenryo Natsu Matsuri

Kurashiki Tenryo Natsu Matsuri is a summer festival that over 3500 dancers gather for! The dancers take the festival seriously, as contests are held as well! A wide variety of events will be held, including music parades, a Kurashiki Tenryo taiko drums performance, daikan bayashi odori, and a rock-style version of the daikan bayashi odori, called “OH! Daikan Bayashi Odori,” performed by children.

“Suzaki Foods Shop,” a Famous Sanuki Udon Restaurant in Kagawa Prefecture

“Sanuki udon” is one of Kagawa Prefecture’s specialty dishes. The prefecture is also home to a vast quantity of udon restaurants, and since oftentimes you can get a bowl for just 200 yen, going around and eating at multiple udon restaurants is fairly popular. This time, I visited “Suzaki Foods Shop,” a popular restaurant located on the west side of Kagawa Prefecture, and it’s so well-known that it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call it the mecca of sanuki udon!

Hiroshima Flower Festival

This festival celebrating peace, flowers, and music is held every year during Golden Week in May. The festival’s main attractions include the Flower Festival Parade, YOSAKOI dance parade, and stages where song and dance performances are held.

Cat Paradise in Aoshima, Ehime Prefecture ♡

Aoshima is an island in Ehime Prefecture’s Ozu City, off of the Seto Inland Sea. This article will introduce a tour of Aoshima. Also known as Cat Island, Aoshima is a paradise for cats and cat-lovers like me, with a population of around 15 people and over 100 cats.