Rice is Japan's staple crop and there is no better way to celebrate that crucial relationship than at the annual Sumiyoshi Shrine Rice Planting Festival on June 14th in Osaka. Shinto priests oversee the symbolic planting of the shrine's flooded rice paddy, while entertainment in the form of dancing, singing and play swordfighting accompanies the proceedings. It's a unique event that is definitely worth seeking out if you are in the region in June.
Sumiyoshi Rice Planting Festival
An age-old festival celebrates Japan's staple food
By Mandy Bartok Jun 16, 2013