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Nara Prefecture’s Todai-ji – Nigatsu-do Shuni-e

First held in the year 752, this event has been held every year without fail for over 1260 years!
Held by the temple’s monks in front of Nigatsu-do’s figure of the Eleven-Headed Kannon, the temple’s idol, the event exists to repent for the everyday sins of humanity and wish for everyone’s happiness.

UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage! Inuyama Festival

The Inuyama Festival is a religious celebration held at Haritsuna Shrine. It was first held in 1635. 13 enormous antique floats, standing up to 3 stories tall, navigate their way through the streets during this festival. Mechanical doll performances also take place to the beat of music set by flutes and taiko drums.

Chiba Prefecture, Narita Taiko Festival

The Narita Taiko Festival is a grand taiko performance, made up of around 1500 talented performers from 50 groups that gather from across Japan. The festival is held in the area around Chiba Prefecture’s Omotesando Road and in front of Naritasan Shinshoji Temple.