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Nagasaki Kunchi – A fall festival complete with an impressive dragon dance!

This exciting fall festival celebrated at Nagasaki City's Suwa Shrine is one you won't want to miss. With a history of over 370 years, it is the most famous festival in Nagasaki. At the Nagasaki Kunchi Festival you can watch dances which incorporate the influence of Portuguese, Dutch, and Chinese culture on the area. While watching the spectacular dragon dance, spectators encouragingly yell "Mottekoi!"which means "Encore!"

Osaka-Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri

The Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri was founded around 300 years ago from the people’s wishes to have “a bountiful grain harvest.” Many years have passed since its inception, and today this festival also serves to strengthen the bonds between the local people. During this festival, people carry danjiri (decorative portable shrines) around town while letting out powerful cries. Another fun thing to look out for are the plenty of gourmet food stalls set up during the festival.

Nabana no Sato Illumination

Nabana no Sato was built with the idea of “a small dreamlike village along the Nagara River” in mind. The park, with a pond in its center, is lit up at night, and the area boasts one of the largest scale illuminations in Japan.

One of Three Major Festivals in Shikoku: Niihama Taiko Matsuri in Ehime Prefecture

Over three days in October, a lively annual autumn festival takes place in Niihama City, Ehime Prefecture. Held in various districts throughout the city, it's known by its generic name, Niihama Taiko Matsuri. This festival celebrates the abundant harvest of autumn. Along with Tokushima's Awa-Odori and Kochi's Yosakoi summer dance festivals, the Taiko Matsuri is famous as one of the three major festivals in Shikoku.

For the Best Rice Bowls in Japan, Try Majidon, Using Minami-Uonuma Rice!

Mention Minami-Uonuma in Niigata Prefecture, and rice will come to the mind of most Japanese. Minami-Uonuma Koshihikari is famous as Japan's top brand of rice, prized for its exceptional taste. When it was suggested that restaurants in this town make their biggest rice bowls made with Minami-Uonuma Koshihikari, top-class chefs rose to the challenge, offering their own versions of Majidon, or "serious" rice bowls!