An Awa-Odori performer up close dancing during a hot Tokyo summer day a few years back. The Awa Odori festival grew out of the tradition of the Bon Odori which is danced as part of the Bon "Festival of the Dead", a Japanese Buddhist celebration where the spirits of deceased ancestors are said to visit their living relatives for a few days of the year. The term "Awa Odori" was not used until the 20th century, but Bon festivities in Tokushima have been famous for their size, exuberance and anarchy since the 16th century. Awa Odori's independent existence as a huge, citywide dance party is popularly believed to have begun in 1586 when Lord Hachisuka Iemasa, the daimyō of Awa Province hosted a drunken celebration of the opening of Tokushima Castle. The locals, having consumed a great amount of sake, began to drunkenly weave and stumble back and forth. Others picked up commonly available musical instruments and began to play a simple, rhythmic song, to which the revelers invented lyrics. The lyrics are given in the 'Song' section of this article. Photo by @pierrojapon for TokyoStreetView More photos and 4K Videos at www.TokyoStreetView.com . . . . #dance #awaodori #kagurazaka #tokyo #shinjuku #Japan #Travel #Historical #TravelPic #JapanTrip #Nippon #TravelPhotos #Cultural #IGersJapan #Nihon #JapanFocus #iLoveJapan #JapanTravel #JapanLife #ExploreJapan #LoveJapan #CoolJapan #TravelJapan #JapanTour #VisitJapan #JapanLover #DiscoverJapan #JapanCulture #OffTheBeatenPath #everydayjapan

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Japanese Futon may feel rough or at least "weird" for us foreigners, but to be honest with you, and if the Futon is of good quality, you will be surprise how confortable they are! Now because of their design and the humidity in Japan, futons must be folded away daily and aired in the sun regularly to prevent mold from developing and also to keep the futon free of mites or "Dani" (in Japanese). Who among you had a good or bad experience with futons? Please share your stories as I am sure you have some great and funny things to say about your personal "Futon" experience! Photo by @pierrojapon for TokyoStreetView More photos and 4K Videos at www.TokyoStreetView.com . . . . #futon #chiba #tateyama #japanesehouse #Japan #Travel #Historical #TravelPic #JapanTrip #Nippon #TravelPhotos #Cultural #IGersJapan #Nihon #JapanFocus #iLoveJapan #JapanTravel #JapanLife #ExploreJapan #LoveJapan #CoolJapan #TravelJapan #JapanTour #VisitJapan #JapanLover #DiscoverJapan #JapanCulture #OffTheBeatenPath #everydayjapan #tokyo

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The Awa Odori festival grew out of the tradition of the Bon Odori which is danced as part of the Bon "Festival of the Dead", a Japanese Buddhist celebration where the spirits of deceased ancestors are said to visit their living relatives for a few days of the year. The term "Awa Odori" was not used until the 20th century, but Bon festivities in Tokushima have been famous for their size, exuberance and anarchy since the 16th century. Awa Odori's independent existence as a huge, citywide dance party is popularly believed to have begun in 1586 when Lord Hachisuka Iemasa, the daimyō of Awa Province hosted a drunken celebration of the opening of Tokushima Castle. The locals, having consumed a great amount of sake, began to drunkenly weave and stumble back and forth. Others picked up commonly available musical instruments and began to play a simple, rhythmic song, to which the revelers invented lyrics. The lyrics are given in the 'Song' section of this article. Photo by @pierrojapon for TokyoStreetView More photos and 4K Videos at www.TokyoStreetView.com . . . . #dance #awaodori #kagurazaka #tokyo #shinjuku #Japan #Travel #Historical #TravelPic #JapanTrip #Nippon #TravelPhotos #Cultural #IGersJapan #Nihon #JapanFocus #iLoveJapan #JapanTravel #JapanLife #ExploreJapan #LoveJapan #CoolJapan #TravelJapan #JapanTour #VisitJapan #JapanLover #DiscoverJapan #JapanCulture #OffTheBeatenPath #everydayjapan

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I discovered sumo in Japan. The tournaments are broadcasted live on NHK every afternoon… they’re hard to miss. I quickly felt attracted to this discipline, so Japanese, and so opened to the world. As we write those lines, three Yokozuna (great champions) have been appointed by the sumo federation. All three of them are from Mongolia, including the one (Hakuho) performing the Dohyo Iri ceremony on this picture. The katana carried by one of his assistants symbolizes the samurai status of the Yokozuna. Photo by @pierrojapon for TokyoStreetView More photos and 4K Videos at www.TokyoStreetView.com . . . . #Japan #Travel #Historical #TravelPic #JapanTrip #Nippon #TravelPhotos #Cultural #IGersJapan #Nihon #JapanFocus #iLoveJapan #JapanTravel #JapanLife #ExploreJapan #LoveJapan #CoolJapan #TravelJapan #JapanTour #VisitJapan #JapanLover #DiscoverJapan #JapanCulture #OffTheBeatenPath #everydayjapan #sumo #yokozuna #yasukunijinja #yasukuni #sports

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Located outside of Yokohama and somehow in the middle of an industrial area, Sankei-en garden is an oasis of beauty and calm. Erected in 1904 by a silk trader named Tomitaro Hara, also known as Hara Sankei, this garden features, in one location, the many wonders of Japan. Here you can enjoy the beauty of the interior of one of many houses that Tomitaro Hara builds in Sankei-en Garden More photos and 4K Videos at www.TokyoStreetView.com . . . . #Japan #Travel #Historical #TravelPic #JapanTrip #Nippon #TravelPhotos #Cultural #IGersJapan #Nihon #JapanFocus #iLoveJapan #JapanTravel #JapanLife #ExploreJapan #LoveJapan #CoolJapan #TravelJapan #JapanTour #VisitJapan #JapanLover #DiscoverJapan #JapanCulture #OffTheBeatenPath #everydayjapan #yokohama #japanesegarden #house #teahouse #zen

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Fireworks are all summer long one of Japan most important cultural asset. So if you happen to visit Japan during summer, make sure to check if a firework is scheduled around where you are. Photo by @pierrojapon for TokyoStreetView More photos and 4K Videos at www.TokyoStreetView.com . . . . #Japan #Travel #Historical #TravelPic #JapanTrip #Nippon #TravelPhotos #Cultural #IGersJapan #Nihon #JapanFocus #iLoveJapan #JapanTravel #JapanLife #ExploreJapan #LoveJapan #CoolJapan #TravelJapan #JapanTour #VisitJapan #JapanLover #DiscoverJapan #JapanCulture #OffTheBeatenPath #everydayjapan #odaiba #tokyo #fireworks #summer #rainbowbridge

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Oshino-Hakkai is a small, very touristic (maybe a little too much, village located near Mount Fuji and offer a stunning view of the all mighty Fujisan all year long! So if you do not care too much about the crowd (and a lot of it) nor scared to wake-up very early, then make sure to visit this place during your next trip to Japan! More photos and 4K Videos at www.TokyoStreetView.com . . . . #Japan #Travel #Historical #TravelPic #JapanTrip #Nippon #TravelPhotos #Cultural #IGersJapan #Nihon #JapanFocus #iLoveJapan #JapanTravel #JapanLife #ExploreJapan #LoveJapan #CoolJapan #TravelJapan #JapanTour #VisitJapan #JapanLover #DiscoverJapan #JapanCulture #OffTheBeatenPath #everydayjapan #fuji #volcano #mountain #autumn #village

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Forget about Osaka Castle, Nagoya is THE place to go if you are looking to enjoy a unique and beautifully restored castle surrounding by a nice garden! And on top of all, the place is still not too much crowded and can be enjoyed in total quietude! . More photos and 4K Videos at www.TokyoStreetView.com . . . . #Japan #Travel #Historical #TravelPic #JapanTrip #Nippon #TravelPhotos #Cultural #IGersJapan #Nihon #JapanFocus #iLoveJapan #JapanTravel #JapanLife #ExploreJapan #LoveJapan #CoolJapan #TravelJapan #JapanTour #VisitJapan #JapanLover #DiscoverJapan #JapanCulture #OffTheBeatenPath #everydayjapan #nagoyacastle #nagoya #kansai #japanesecastle #castle

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By far Japan most famous Torii (Gate), is the Otorii of Itsukushima Shrine located on #miyajima island (#Itsukushima ), is best enjoyed during sunset and this all year long! More photos and 4K Videos at www.TokyoStreetView.com . . . . #Japan #Travel #Historical #TravelPic #JapanTrip #Nippon #TravelPhotos #Cultural #IGersJapan #Nihon #JapanFocus #iLoveJapan #JapanTravel #JapanLife #ExploreJapan #LoveJapan #CoolJapan #TravelJapan #JapanTour #VisitJapan #JapanLover #DiscoverJapan #JapanCulture #OffTheBeatenPath #everydayjapan #shrine #torii #sunset

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Just an hour away from Tokyo (by train) in the city of Saitama, you will find the most amazing Bonsai museum in the whole Kanto area! So next time you are wondering what to day when in Tokyo, grab the first train to Saitama and visit this unique museum and the many Bonsai nurseries that are located just around it! More photos and 4K Videos at www.TokyoStreetView.com . . . . #Japan #Travel #Historical #TravelPic #JapanTrip #Nippon #TravelPhotos #Cultural #IGersJapan #Nihon #JapanFocus #iLoveJapan #JapanTravel #JapanLife #ExploreJapan #LoveJapan #CoolJapan #TravelJapan #JapanTour #VisitJapan #JapanLover #DiscoverJapan #JapanCulture #OffTheBeatenPath #everydayjapan #bonsai #museum #saitama #art #tokyo

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Wajima City (Noto Peninsula) is not only famous for its lacquerware but also for its lively morning market, matsuri and architecture. Here is a good example of beautiful traditional architecture with gorgeously design gate of the Hasue Temple. More photos and 4K Videos at www.TokyoStreetView.com . . . . #Japan #Travel #Historical #TravelPic #JapanTrip #Nippon #TravelPhotos #Cultural #IGersJapan #Nihon #JapanFocus #iLoveJapan #JapanTravel #JapanLife #ExploreJapan #LoveJapan #CoolJapan #TravelJapan #JapanTour #VisitJapan #JapanLover #DiscoverJapan #JapanCulture #OffTheBeatenPath #everydayjapan #notopeninsula #ishikawa #temple #gate #wajima

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Located outside of Yokohama and somehow in the middle of an industrial area, Sankei-en garden is an oasis of beauty and calm. Erected in 1904 by a silk trader named Tomitaro Hara, also known as Hara Sankei, this garden features, in one location, the many wonders of Japan. Here you can enjoy the beauty of the interior of one of many houses that Tomitaro Hara builds in Sankei-en Garden More photos and 4K Videos at www.TokyoStreetView.com . . . . #Japan #Travel #Historical #TravelPic #JapanTrip #Nippon #TravelPhotos #Cultural #IGersJapan #Nihon #JapanFocus #iLoveJapan #JapanTravel #JapanLife #ExploreJapan #LoveJapan #CoolJapan #TravelJapan #JapanTour #VisitJapan #JapanLover #DiscoverJapan #JapanCulture #OffTheBeatenPath #everydayjapan #yokohama #japanesegarden #house #teahouse #zen

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