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4 Things to Do in the Incredible Handa Float Festival in Aichi, Japan

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to witness and experience the beautiful Handa Float Festival (Handa Dashi Matsuri) in the city of Handa, Aichi. Only held once every five years, the event in October 2017 was the 8th edition of the festival. This two-day celebration has gained immense popularity due to a similar Japanese festival…

Witness an Outstanding Japanese Martial Art at a Festival in Aichi This October!

Traditional dances, folk music, and a parade of portable shrines or decorative floats are common to most festivals in Japan. However, in Aichi, a martial art form takes center stage in one festival. Be amazed by a masterful performance of martial arts in the Sanage Festival! History The Sanage Festival or Sanage Matsuri (猿投まつり) is…

Join This Japanese Festival That Started as a Dream in Aichi Prefecture!

Whenever we sleep, we usually have a dream or two, perhaps even more. Sometimes we remember them, sometimes we don’t. If you do remember your dreams, what do you think they mean? In Japan, what started as a dream became a treasured tradition. Let’s find out more about the Miya Festival! History Miya Festival is…

All You Need to Know About Maneki-Nekos, Japan’s Lucky Cats

In Japan, there are many things considered to be auspicious or bodes well of which one of the most common and popular ones would have to be the maneki-neko (招き猫) which literally means “beckoning cat.” The maneki-neko features a standing cat with one of its front legs raised like a hand which looks like it…

Witness Sword-Wielding Warriors at the World Samurai Summit 2016 in Aichi

Armored knights have assembled. The noble samurai battle is commencing. The main stronghold is under siege. Have you marked your calendars to witness this annual event? The World Samurai Summit 2016 is a two-day event set to happen on November 19 and 20, 2016 (Saturday and Sunday) at Nagakute City of Aichi Prefecture. It’s a…

Takisanji Oni Matsuri: Watch the Blaze as the Locals Chase Away Goblins!

The Takisanji Oni Matsuri is held at Takisanji Temple every February and it normally takes place on a Saturday closest to the date of the Lunar New Year. For the 2016 festival, it will be held on February 13th. This festival is also called the ‘Ogre Fire Festival’ and it is a totally fun event…