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John Asano

John Asano is a blogger and travel writer living in Gifu, Japan. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, he writes about must-see sights and attractions at Japan Travel Advice, as well as about Japanese travel and culture on his blog, Japan Australia.

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Festivals of Japan: Oga no Namahage Festival

The Oga no Namahage Festival features namahage, a strange deity resembling a demon, which is known as oni in Japanese.

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Festivals of Japan: Gishi-sai Festival in Tokyo

The legend of the 47 ronin is the ultimate story of loyalty, sacrifice, persistence and honour.

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Festivals of Japan: Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri in Nara Park

The Grand Festival of Kasuga Wakamiya Shrine was first held in the 12th century to pray for the end of an epidemic plague and for a rich harvest.

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Festivals of Japan: Chichibu Yomatsuri

The Chichibu Yomatsuri is one of the most spectacular winter festivals in Japan and is only a short trip away from Tokyo.

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Festivals of Japan: Arashiyama Momiji Festival in Kyoto

The Arashiyama Momiji Festival is a beautiful and colourful autumn festival that takes place in the Arashiyama district of Kyoto.

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Festivals of Japan: Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu

The Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu commemorates the journey of Japan’s daimyo from the capital Edo to the provinces during the Edo Period.

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Festivals of Japan: Karatsu Kunchi Matsuri

The Karatsu Kunchi Matsuri features daily parades, spectacular historical floats and powerful performances.

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Festivals of Japan: Jidai Matsuri in Kyoto

The Jidai Matsuri is held every October 22, which is the anniversary of the foundation of Kyoto.

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Festivals of Japan: Takayama Autumn Festival

The Takayama Autumn Festival is one of Japan’s biggest and most famous festivals attracting a large number of spectators every year

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Festivals of Japan: Nagasaki Kunchi Festival

The Nagasaki Kunchi Festival is one of Japan’s most colourful and vibrant festivals.

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Festivals of Japan: Gifu Nobunaga Festival

The highlight of the festival is the warrior procession featuring several of Japan’s most famous historic figures and warriors.

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The National Treasure: Inuyama Castle

Inuyama Castle’s main tower is the oldest in existence in Japan and has been designated a National Treasure of Japan

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