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Tokushima City Awa Odori

“Awa Odori,” which originated in Tokushima Prefecture, is a dance festival with around 400 years of history, and in present days it is danced all across Japan.

Morioka Sansa Odori Festival, Iwate Prefecture

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.

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.

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!"