No matter the time of year you’re in Japan, you can enjoy a busy calendar of events ranging for the ancient and traditional to the contemporary, curious and downright weird. Known as ‘matsuri’ in Japanese, festivals play an important role in bringing communities together, typically underpinned by Buddhist and Shinto beliefs but almost always with an emphasis on having fun. In a country that contradicts itself every chance it gets, get ready to experience the big, bright and raucous side of Japan!

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