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Enjoy a MidーYear Cleanse at the Wanukesama Festival in Kochi, Japan

All cultures have rituals and festivals intended to ward off bad luck or purify the participants of any bad mojo they might be carrying around. At the end of June each year, the Tosa Shrine in Kochi City (Shikoku island) holds its annual Wanukesama Festival for exactly these purposes. What happens during this Shinto festival?…

Visit The Tosayama Plum Festival: a Popular Spring Event in Shikoku!

Every year when the cold winter becomes spring, a small village on Japanese island Shikoku that goes by the name of Tosayama holds a Plum Festival. At this plum festival, the sight of a vast amount of plum blossoms can be enjoyed by the public, and locals will sell food to everyone visiting the festival.…

What is This Unusual ”Mizukiri” Competition in Kochi Prefecture?

Did you know that there was an international competition for skipping stones, held in Kochi prefecture in Japan every year? Every summer since 2003, the Mizukiri International Competition has been held at Niyodo River in Kochi prefecture. What is Mizukiri? Mizukiri is the Japanese word for ‘stone skipping’. Stone skipping is a sport in which…