The otherwise unremarkable city of Shinjo, in Yamagata, is proudly home to Shinjo Matsuri, which is arguably the best festival in Touhoku.
This festival, with its history of 250 years, is celebrated from August 24th to 26th every year, and consists of city-wide parades of giant floats, each depicting a story, over the three days.
It is also remarkable for hosting over 400 stalls selling food, drink, toys and even turtles.
Hannah lives in Sydney and spends most of her time dreaming of being somewhere else. She loves karaoke, hates making plans in advance, and will probably never be able to read a map.