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Fukuoka Prefecture – Hakata Dontaku Port Festival

“Dontaku” is derived from the Dutch word “ZONDAG,” which means Sunday or holiday.
Hakata Dontaku is a large festival, visited by over 2 million people, that is held annually on May 3rd and 4th. Events and parades are held at over 30 areas throughout the city, and many residents dress up and parade around with shamisen, taiko drums, and rice paddles.

Tsuruga Port Illumination 『Miraie』 (To the Future)

The entirety of Kanegasaki Ryokuchi Park, which faces Tsuruga Port, is illuminated during this event. In addition to brick warehouses and former port stations being lit up, the trees lining the roads are also illuminated. Other light attractions include bright corridors of lights and shining train cars!
This retro port town becomes enveloped in a fantastical atmosphere, making it a perfect location for romantic strolls.

White Christmas in Karuizawa

White Christmas in Karuizawa began as a hand-made illumination started and made by several women. That group has since broadened, and now that illumination is the main event of Karuizawa’s Winter Festival!

2017 Sendai Pageant of Starlight

2017 will mark the 32st anniversary of the Pageant of Starlight. Each year 600,000 lights, called Starlight Leaves, illuminate the trees that line downtown Sendai’s Jozenji-Dori.