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Nada no Kenka Matsuri in Himeji , Hyogo Prefecture

Matsuri ( Japanese 祭 り or ) are Japanese folk festivals. They differ in regional characteristics and are often related to the local Shinto shrine or Buddhist temple.

Matsuri are exuberant festivals that have arisen from the annual course of the farmers. There is no nationwide Matsuri in all of Japan, but spring festivals at the time of the cherry blossom ( Hana-Matsuri ) and autumn festivals associated with the rice harvest are characteristic. Dance, music, sake and food are associated with the Matsuri . The highlight is the festive procession of the Mikoshi shrines.

Famous Matsuri

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