Also known as Chichibu Yomatsuri, the Chichibu Night Festival is the festival of the Chichibu Shrine in Chichibu. It’s just over 150 km away from central Tokyo and is considered as one of Japan’s top three festivals to feature both majestic floats and fireworks. [...]

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Essential to Japanese cuisine, shoyu, or soy sauce originated from the city of Yuasa in Wakayama. Legend has it that in the 13th century, the Zen Buddhist monk Shinichi Kakushin discovered the wonders of soy sauce totally by accident while making kinzanji miso, a type of bean paste. [...]

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Located in the city of Sakkai in Osaka prefecture, JIKKO Kitchen Knives Cutlery is one of the best and most famous companies for anyone looking for the finest Japanese cutlery. JIKKO started relatively recently in 1901. Sakkai has been known for the past 600 years for its knife craftwork […]

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Japan is full of amazing small and unique matsuris, or festivals. Kinusaki City Kebesu fire festival is by far one of the most interesting Matsuri we had the chance to see. [...]

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Mitama Matsuri, first held in 1947, takes place annually at Yasukuni Shrine, and features around 30,000 lanterns. The purpose of this festival is to pray for the fallen soldiers of the past and for a more peaceful world. [...]

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Less “violent” than the Okoshi Daiko, the first part of the Hida Furukawa Matsuri, the festival floats parade, known as Yatai, includes the display of nine beautifully decorated festival floats moving through Furukawa. Each Yatai is carried and taken care of by each of the Hida Furukawa city factions […]

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Held each year during a three day period with its peak on April 19th and 20th, the Hida Furukawa Matsuri is not only an national treasure since it has been designated as Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property by the government, but also an amazing festival (Matsuri) strong in color […]

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Fujiwara Heritage Park, also known in Japanese as Esashi Fujiwara no Sato, is smart little theme park built as a Heian period city and located in the heart of Iwate in Oshu City, also the birthplace of Kiyohira, the first lord of the Oshu-Fujiwara clan […]

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Originally built in 1928, the Uwakome Museum, or in English: Rice Museum, was actually Seiyo’s largest school. With a unique design, this 109m long school features one of Japan’s longest corridors. Entirely built of wood, and no longer capable of coping with modern school standards […]

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The Uwa Museum of Folk Tools in Seiyo is the definition of how looks can be deceiving. Located just in front the Kaimei School you will find a tiny little government building which hides in its annex building a treasure of artifacts and tools, known as the Uwa Museum […]

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Taking place in Goshogarawa between August 4th and 8th, the Goshagaware Tachineputa features some massive 23m tall and 19-ton parade floats that roam around the tiny little streets of Goshogawara with dancers all cheering and shouting “Yattemare! Yattemare!” […]

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Being of Uchiko’s prosperous past, including many natural wax manufacturing industries, Uchiko is still home, beside its Natural Wax Museum, of the latest Natural Wax candle Specialist with the Omori Candle Shop. Belonging to the Omori family with Mr. Taro Omori (6th generation craftsman) and his son, Ryotaro Omori […]

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