The Big Three Japanese Gardens
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The Big Three Japanese Gardens

Japanese gardens, or nihon teien, are traditional gardens built to express and symbolize native rituals and beliefs and mold landscapes to an idealized form. Originally…

Festival of Color: The Aomori Nebuta Matsuri
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Festival of Color: The Aomori Nebuta Matsuri

The Nebuta Matsuri is a breathtaking and unique festival celebrated in the northern prefecture of Aomori. Held once a year, it features gorgeous, vivid floats…

5 Favorite Obon Festivals
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5 Favorite Obon Festivals

The Japanese Buddhist celebration, Obon, is devoted to honoring the spirits of the dead. Obon usually takes place between July-August. It is a time that…

The Sumida River Fireworks Festival
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The Sumida River Fireworks Festival

Fire Flowers over Eastern Tokyo No summertime spent in Japan, as either resident or tourist, is complete without taking in at least one of the…

Tenjin Matsuri: Festival of the Gods
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Tenjin Matsuri: Festival of the Gods

Tenjin Matsuri, literally translated to the Festival of the Gods, is ranked as one of the “Top Three” festivals in Japan, along with Gion Matsuri…

New Year’s In Japan
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New Year’s In Japan

In a country that may be considered the hi-tech wonder of the world, Japan’s New Year’s holiday is a time when many people return to…