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Sensational Emotional Dramatical Original non-verbal performance from Kyoto.
Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue
Illustration by Yamada Akihiro
Kyoto (Kansai)
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Candle fire lights up 3,000 lanterns.
Here you can experience a fantastic world of antiquity.
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Buy a good luck bamboo branch and pray to Ebisu, the patron deity of commerce for success in business.
January 9th - January 11th [Winter]
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July 1st - July 31st [Summer]
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July 24th - July 25th [Summer]
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June 14th - [Summer]
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June 1st - June 2nd [Autumn]
Kyoto (Kansai)
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March 1st - March 14th [Winter]
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Nov. 8 (Wed) - Nov. 13 (Mon) [Autumn]
Kyoto (Kansai)
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Nada no Kenka Matsuri
Portable shrines fiercely jolted against one another produce breathtaking scenes befitting a 'Fighting Festival'
October 14th - October 15th [Autumn]
Hyogo (Kansai)
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Kurama no Hi-Matsuri
The evening sky becomes ablaze with the flames of huge watch fires and 250 pine torches
October 22nd - [Autumn]
Kyoto (Kansai)
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Jidai Matsuri
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October 22nd - [Autumn]
Kyoto (Kansai)
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Toh-shiya (Archery Contest)
Come and experience the spirit of Japanese archery.
A contest of archers firing arrows at targets 60 meters away
The Sunday closest to January 15th - [Winter]
Kyoto (Kansai)
Annual Events
Mifune Matsuri
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Third week on Friday and Saturday of May - [Spring]
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Big floats are ignited with fire one after the other and men wearing make-up dance wildly.
Weekend in mid-March - [Spring]
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