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Named after the traditional 'waraij' straw sandals, Fukushima's annual festival to mark the summer kicks off in early August.
Sendai Tanabata Festival held August 6th-8th always delights visitors. The largest Tanabata event in Japan continues to grow in 2016.
Centering around an impressive array of almost a hundred lanterns, this is a festival worth a trek to attend. If traditional Japanese entertainment isn't your thing, try your hand at festival games or eat some street food.
I ended the day of Tanabata by going to Enoshima, and was not disappointed.
The Firefly Festival is one of the less known festivals in Tokyo. It takes place in Boroichi-dori, Setagaya-ku. It is a small local event where Japanese celebrate the summer season.
Summer matsuri in Japan are a joyous way to enjoy Japanese culture. You can wear a traditional yukata robe and experience parades, street food, dancing and games.
Enjoy an Edo Period parade at the Sanja Matsuri held in Asakusa in May