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Laugh your Heart Out at This Laughter Festival in Wakayama in October 2017!

They say laughter is the best medicine. In every country in the world, laughter and comedy are celebrated in different ways, and Japan is no exception. In Japan, people say that laughter is so powerful that it can cheer up the gods! The Warai Festival, held in the town of Hidakagawa in Wakayama Prefecture, is…

Learn the Story of Awashima Shrine and Its Plethora of Hina Dolls!

There are many Japanese superstitions about dolls which were believed to have souls and the power to influence people’s lives. A large number of these dolls are placed on the altar of Awashima Shrine, a shrine dedicated to women in Kada, Wakayama Prefecture. It is popular for “hina ningyo” dolls which are given to young…

Watch Things Heat Up at Wakayama’s Fire Festival!

Have you ever witnessed a fire festival in Japan? There are primarily three beautiful fire festivals in the country which the locals are very proud of. One of which is called “Nachi-no-Hi Matsuri” or Nachi Fire Festival. It is a sacred ritual done in Wakayama Prefecture on the 14th of July. The main objective is…