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Cool Japan Guide / Summer Festival Map for the Eastern Japan Area (Vol 2)

After the world's finest drum parade, everyone joins in for circle dancing!
Morioka Sansa Odori – Iwate Prefecture

The best thing about the Morioka sansa odori or dance is the synchronous Japanese drum (taiko) performances, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest drum parade in the world.
On the final day of the festival, all of the participating drum groups form the greatest drum parade in the world with nothing but drums, and mark the end of the festivities with circle dancing, open to participants and spectators alike. This is a great opportunity to create a memorable trip.
Visit the Link: http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/season/summer/index.html
Dates and timesWednesday, August 1 to Saturday, August 4, 2012 Performance: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Parade and circle dancing: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Praying for a good harvest! Lantern poles wave about like heavy ears of rice during the biggest festival in Akita Prefecture
Akita Kanto Festival – Akita Prefecture

One of the three great Tohoku festivals and the largest in Akita Prefecture, the Akita Kanto Festival brings together wishes for a bountiful harvest and the neburi nagashi rite, passed on from the days of yore, for purification and protection from evil spirits. To the cheering of "Dokkoisho!" performers carry out feats of strength and skill while balancing lantern poles weighing 50 kilograms on the palms of their hands, their forehead, shoulders, waist and more.
Akita Prefecture is known for growing the best rice in the Tohoku area, and the lantern poles that hang heavily with a total of 250 or more lanterns made to resemble bales of rice lined up along Kanto Odori is a scene that conjures up the image of the sun hitting rice plants bent over with the weight of ears of ripe rice.
One of the best events is the daytime feats of skill "Myogi-kai", where performers compete in six-meter rings.
Visit the Link: http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/season/summer/index.html
Dates and timesFriday, August 3 to Monday, August 6, 2012
Evening (Kanto Odori street): Friday, August 3 to Monday, August 6: 7 p.m. to 8:50 p.m.
Daytime (Myogi-kai at the Akita-shi Nigiwai Koryu-kan and the Area Nakaichi Nigiwai Hiroba: Saturday, August 4 to Monday, August 6: 9:20 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.

Sendai, the City of Trees, is beautiful, with magnificent bamboo grass decorations and seven traditional decorations unique to Sendai
Sendai Tanabata Festival – Miyagi Prefecture

Tanabata is counted as one of the most important seasonal festivals of the year.
The Tanabata customs continue to this day: On the evening of July 7 each year, people hang colorful strips of paper and decorations on which their wishes are written, to send their prayers to the stars. The Tanabata festival of Sendai is truly one of the best celebrations in Japan. One of the three great Tohoku festivals, the Sendai Tanabata Festival attracts more than two million visitors from around Japan each year. And the magnificent decorations are not the only special feature. For four centuries, these fine traditions of have been maintained, even in modern times, including the hanging of the traditional seven Sendai decorations from bamboo decorations and Tanabata decorations hand-made from genuine Japanese washi paper.
Visit the Link: http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/season/summer/index.html
Dates and timesMonday, August 6 to Wednesday, August 8, 2012

By TS on Jul 9, 2012
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