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Mikoshi past my window  
   

Mikoshi past my window

Locals carry the portable shrine mikoshi past my apartment
Get your festival on; 夏祭りだよ!

August 31st 2011
August in Japan means matsuri 祭り season is in full swing. Japanese festivals function a lot like state fairs do at home in the U.S.; getting folks together to celebrate the good old summertime with bright lights, junk food and entertainment of varying quality. And beer! Once held to ensure a successful rice harvest come fall, celebrations both large and small keep the tradition alive today whi ... read more
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Japanese Flag In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Fol... ... read more
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