Kyoto’s Gion Matsuri

Kyoto’s Gion Matsuri is one of Japan’s most important festivals. Dating back to the year 869, it is celebrated each July in the streets of downtown Kyoto.

The nights leading up to the big parades of giant floats on July 17 and 24, food stalls line the streets around Shijo and Karasuma Dori, selling

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Tokyo Skytree and the Sumidagawa Fireworks

Fireworks have a long history in Japan and are an integral part of many summer festivals. The Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival in Tokyo dates back to the Edo period and is one of Japan’s most famous firework displays. Every last Saturday in July, colorful fireworks are launched from both sides of the Sumida River. The spectacle

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