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紅葉|AUTUMN COLORS

Just as they do with the viewing of the cherry blossoms in the spring, the people of Japan look forward to the colors of the autumn leaves. In autumn, this small and narrow island nation becomes dyed […]

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八代妙見祭 | YATSUSHIRO MYOKENSAI

The Yatsushiro Myoken Shrine grand festival in autumn. Since the blooming of the townsmen culture in the Genroku era (late 17th century), ideas such as the lion dance and the Kida (a turtle with the h […]

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日本酒|SAKE

From time immemorial, the creation of Japanese sake has been attributed to mysterious powers. From this train of thought, Japan’s sake has first been offered to the gods before being consumed by […]

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ケベス祭|KEBESUSAI

  The Kebesu Festival is a major fall festival held at Iwakura Shrine each year. At this unusual festival, participants are liberally subjected to the sparks from leaping flames. Shrine guardians […]

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久富観音堂盆綱曳き|BONTSUNAHIKI

    Held at Kumano Shrine in Hisatomi, Chikugo, Fukuoka Prefecture, this festival is a prefecturally-designated important intangible cultural property. This service for the dead is believed […]

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黒崎祇園山笠|KUROSAKI GION YAMAKASA

  The Kurosaki Gion Yamakasa is a four hundred year-old festival held every year on the third or fourth week of July. Participants throw themselves so vigorously into the action that it is also c […]

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丹波 | TAMBA

  This mountain city located in eastern central Hyogo Prefecture is home to 67,000 residents. The beautiful, verdant area is also home to a watershed that is at the highest elevation of any in Ja […]

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阿蘇神社 おんだ祭り | ONDA MATSURI

  This festival celebrates the work of the deity Aso-Daimyojin, who opened up the Aso territory and planted the seed for fertile farmland in the Aso region. The rite celebrates the year’s h […]

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漁師 | FISHERMAN

  A day in the life of a fisherman in the Tosaki fishing harbor of Ichikikushinoki, Kagoshima Prefecture. He is seen angling for mackerel, casting his reel by hand alone. Tosaki harbor is on the […]

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普光寺 七夕祈願祭 | TANABATA KIGANSAI

  Hinatayama Fukkoji Temple, located in Miyawaka, Fukuoka Prefecture. This mountain temple sits in natural quietude and is built in worship of a Bishamonten statue from the Heian period. Because […]

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風治八幡宮 川渡り神幸祭 | KAWAWATARI JINKOSAI

  The Kawawatari Jinkosai (River Crossing Festival) at Fuji Hachimangu is one of Fukuoka Prefecture’s five great festivals. The shrine deity “boards” a portable shrine and goes […]