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Aoi Festival

Like the Gion Matsuri, Kyoto’s summer festival, the Aoi Matsuri has its roots in ritual and began in the eighth century. Properly known as the Kamo Matsuri, the Aoi Matsuri features an impressive parade in the style of the Heian Court. The procession is made up of costumed participants, many riding horses and others leading…

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Kanda Matsuri

The Kanda Matsuri is one of Tokyo‘s most famous festivals and takes place in mid May during odd numbered years, alternating with the Sanno Matsuri which is held in even numbered years. The Kanda Matsuri is held over an entire week, but the main events usually happen over the weekend closest to May 15th. The…

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Sanja Matsuri

Tokyo’s Sanja Matsuri, held on the third weekend in May, is a three day celebration featuring portable shrines and traditionally clothed participants that boisterously transform the old shitamachi district of Asakusa into a riotous festival. The Sanja Matsuri officially celebrates the deities enshrined at Asakusa Shrine, and is a wonderfully welcoming festival that allows visitors…

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