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Tamba Sasayama Inoshishi Matsuri

The Only Wild Boar Festival in Japan

The Tamba Sasayama Inoshishi Matsuri is an annual festival that takes place in late-January in Sasayama, Hyogo Prefecture and which has been celebrating the wild boar since 2003. Festival stalls serve a variety of boar dishes, including a pig roast and burgers made especially for the event, and the area's local delicacy, botan nabe, a wild boar hotpot dish.

The main event is several races in which three young wild boar race down a short, cage-like track. Place your bets, start saving a seat early, and be ready for a very quick race!

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