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Yosakoi Festival in Kochi: A Summer Dance Celebration

While there are various festivals year-round throughout Japan, summer is the high season for such events. All summer long, it seems that every park, school, or square becomes the site of a local matsuri. For one of the most raucous and joyous...

Awa Odori Festival in Tokushima: An Obon Tradition

Summer is peak festival season in Japan, particularly during the Obon period in August. For one of the largest and oldest in the country, head to Tokushima on the east side of Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s major islands. Held annually, Awa...