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Tokyo Koenji Awa Odori

The Tokyo Koenji Awa Odori will be celebrating its 61st holding in 2017.
Around 10,000 participants on 150 teams from across the country participate, and around 1 million people fill the area to spectate the events.

Morioka Sansa Odori Festival, Iwate Prefecture

This year, 2018, marks the 41th anniversary of the Morioka Sansa Odori Festival! The parade is held over four days on Chuo-dori Street and is comprised of taiko drummers, flautists, singers, dancers, and floats. Sansa is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as being the largest ensemble of taiko drummers playing simultaneously in the world.

The Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Matsuri

All around Japan, Tanabata Matsuri, or "Star Festivals", are held in July. In Hiratsuka, Tanabata Matsuri started as a commercial promotion, but now its decorations are so gorgeous that it's said to be the best in Japan!

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.

The Sanno Matsuri, one of Tokyo's Three Major Festivals

The Sanno Matsuri is a religious festival held by Hie Shrine in Tokyo. During Japan's Edo Period (1603-1867), a portable shrine used in Shinto festivals, called Mikoshi, was carried into the Edo Castle grounds. This was the origin of a special festival known as Tenka-Matsuri, in which real Shoguns paraded through what is now Tokyo. Spanning 11 days, this festival features over 20 events.

A Festival Representative of Tohoku, “Aomori Nebuta Matsuri”

The Aomori Nebuta Matsuri is one of the Tohoku Sandai Matsuri, or the 3 Great Festivals of Tohoku, along with Sendai’s Tanabata Matsuri and Akita’s Kanto Matsuri.
“Nebuta,” which are a type of large festival float, and large groups of dancers called “haneto” parade through Aomori City.

Gion Matsuri in Kyoto – One of Japan’s 3 Greatest Festivals

A Festival that Spans a Full Month with Over 1100 Years of History. This article will introduce “yoiyama” and “yamaboko junko,” two of the top events during the month-long festival. The “Kyoto Gion Matsuri Yamaboko Gyoji” is a registered UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage.