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Yugawara Onsen Sea Fireworks

Corona has taken a toll on the summer holidays this year with many of the summer festivals and firework events being cancelled. However, Yugawara, a short drive from Tokyo offers a taste of the classic Japanese summer vacation with the promised…

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Ikegami Honmonji wind chime festival

It’s said that long ago, before air conditioners or iced drinks blessed this Earth, the soft sound of wind chimes tinkling in the wind was used to soothe the overheating bodies and minds of sweating Edo-period citizens. In 2021, from…

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Kurayami Matsuri 2021

Centered in Fuchu, the is one of the oldest of its kind in Tokyo. Every year, portable shrines known as mikoshi are carried around, but only in darkness to allow the gods’ divine spirit to remain unseen—hence the name kurayami…

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Sakura Tulip Festa – Cancelled

Although tulips were originally cultivated in the Ottoman Empire (present-day Middle East), most people now associate the bright, colorful bulbs with Holland in northwestern Europe. Luckily, Tokyo-based flower fans don’t have to go abroad to admire tulips. Located one hour…

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