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Kanuma Buttuke Autumn Festival
Elaborate wooden festival floats in Kanuma City
A festival of food, music, dance and elaborate floats celebrated each year in October.

Ohatsu Tenjin Shrine
A lover's sanctuary in central Osaka
A lover's sanctuary in the Osaka Kita and Umeda area, Ohatsu Tenjin (officially Tsuyuno Tenjinsha), beholds one of Japan's greatest love stories. Japan's 'Romeo and Juliet', the story of Ohatsu and Tokubei has kept lovers flocking to the shrine for generations. 

Osaka Tenmangu Shrine
A sacred center in Osaka's bustling heart
Osaka Tenmangu, or 'Tenjisan' as it's known by the locals, is the most famous of all the tenjin/tenmangu shrines throughout Japan. It is also home to Osaka's biggest festival, the Tenjin Matsuri, which is held each July. It is one of the three greatest festivals in Japan, and the world's greatest boat festival.

Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri
Japan's Largest Danjiri Festival
The Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri is the largest, if not greatest, danjiri matsuri (float festival) in Japan. Celebrating 300 years of tradition, neighbourhoods compete by racing 35 4-tonne danjiri through the streets of Kishiwada. Held every September, the festival is a direct train ride from Kansai Airport. With the event's immense popularity, it is still possible to get an unobstructed view of the danjiri and the chanting float-pullers. If you follow the path directly opposite Kispa La Park, it is possible to explore the surrounding streets, which have reduced crowds and greater views.

Green Tourism and Sugegasa Hats
Visiting Yamagata to learn a traditional handicraft
An account of a visit to the beautiful village of Iide in Yamagata to make a sugegasa: a traditional Japanese conical hat.

Yonaguni Island
The mystic westernmost island in Japan
Yonaguni is the small westernmost island of Japan. It belongs to Okinawa prefecture and is about a one and a half hour flight from Okinawa. The island is surrounded by beautiful ocean and closer to Taiwan than Japan.

Kyoto's Kitano-Tenmangu
The tale of Sugawara no Michizane
This enshrined deity of scholarship helps those wishing to pass examinations.

Echizen Asakura Mantoya Lightup
Ancient historical ruins lit-up with 15,000 candles
Echizen Asakura Mantoya in Fukui is an annual summer illumination event held at the ancient historical site, Ichijodani Asakura Ruins - Surrounded by serene mountains.

Tanabu Festival
Three nights of lights, shrines, sake and festive people
Tanabu Festival is a centuries old celebration of the end of summer involving colorful lights, massive moving shrines, dancers, food, sake and the best expression of northern Aomori's hospitality. 

Nikko's 1000 Samurai Procession
The Nikko Shunki Reitaisai Grand Spring Festival
The 1000 Samurai Procession at the Nikko Shunki Reitaisai Grand Spring Festival.