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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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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English Along with Hitachi Seaside Park’s Nemophila Harmony Festival, the Fuji Shibazakura Festival is yet another extremely popular flower festival located near Lake Motsu at the base of Mt. Fuji. Each year for one month, mid-April to mid-May, people across Japan and from all over the world come in their thousands to enjoy a beautiful […]

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English In many western countries, the chrysanthemum, or Kiku, are flowers used for funerals. In Japan, the Kiku has a very different meaning: It is the country’s official symbol. The Japanese monarchy is referred to as the “Chrysanthemum Throne”. The imperial crest uses a stylized version of the Kiku blossom. You can even find the […]

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