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Gozan no Okuribi (Mountain Bonfire)

Believed to be dated back to the 13th century, Gozan no Okuribi is an annual traditional event that takes place annually on August 16th to mark the end of the Obon Festival (Festival of the Ancestors). The event places emphasis on setting giant bonfires on each of the five mountains that surround Kyoto city; meant to guide the souls of ancestors who returned to the mortal world during the Obon period back to their world that lies beyond.

Slug Festival

A festival in rural Nakatsugawa dedicated to a monk and a mystery of nature on the anniversary of a death connected to forbidden love.

Miyajima Water Fireworks Festival

Hiroshima's most famous fireworks display. 60 minutes of amazing, colorful bursts shot from the water in front of the huge red tori gate in front of Miyajima island.

Matsuri Tsukuba

Matsuri Tsukuba is the science city's end of summer festival, August 25th and 26th. See massive nebuta floats, try local and international street food, hear traditional and modern music, and celebrate summer with Tsukuba people.

Harajuku Omotesando Super Yosakoi

For the time of a weekend, thousands of dancers in over a hundrer of dance squad from all around the country gather in Harajuku to offer stunning performances.

Minami Koshigaya Awa Odori Festival

Awa Odori, the famed dance festival from Tokushima, is celebrated in the Tokyo suburb of Koshigaya every year from August 24th to 26th. Local and Tokushima teams perform the exuberant dance moves accompanied by traditional festival music on a circuit around the station front.

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