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Many festival are held in summer. For instance, Hakata Gion Yamakasa, in Hakata, Fukuoka has been held since the beginning of July, and had a climax last weekend.

Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival, Japan

Gion Matsuri (Festival) is held in Kyoto for a month every year since the Heian era (794~1185, 1192), when Kyoto was the capital of Japan.. It is the symbol of summer. The climax of the festival is marked by 32 gorgeously decorated floats parading through central Kyoto. This year, the climax is scheduled on July 17.

Gion Matsuri (YoiyoiYama) Gion Matsuri (祇園祭), the festival of Yasaka Shrine, is the most famous festival in Japan. It takes place over the entire month of July. There are many different events, but the grand procession of floats (Yamaboko Junko) on July 17 is particularly spectacular.

Hakata-Gion-Yamakasa Hakata,Fukuoka

"Enburi" festival will be held from 02/17 to 02/20 at Hachinohe, Aomori prefecture. Enburi dances are based on the working style of farmers when they plant rice. "Senbeijiru" (rice cracker soup) is served at the festival.

"Namahage Sedo Festival" at Shinzan Shrine, Oga, Akita prefecture will be held from today to 02/10, this year. Namahage is considered as a messenger of God. At the festival, Namahages come down from the mountain and dance with Taiko (drum) music in a bonfire.

Nagasaki Lantern Festival will be held from 02/10 to 02/24 this year @ Nagasaki City. 15,000 lanterns will be decorated. Besides, the dragon dance, the Emperor parade will be carried. A lot of Chinese influence, including Chinese special food for the festival.