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Japanese Festivals: Shishimai Matsuri (in Soni)

Japanese Festivals: Shishimai Matsuri (in Soni)

Yesterday I wrote a quick post about the super-fun festival I attended with some friends in Mitsue (in Nara Prefecture, Japan.) It made me think of the other really cool festival that I have attended, located just one village away in Soni. Nara is full of history (it was the capital before Kyoto, over 1300 years ago) so sometimes the Kanji names of places are pretty mad. Soni is no exception. If you want to find the village on google…

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Japanese Festivals: Matsuri in Mitsue

Japanese Festivals: Matsuri in Mitsue

Oh deary me. Sometimes I have slightly dappy moments. Last weekend was my dad’s birthday and I had a brilliant time with my family, helping mum prepare a mountain of food, and then helping consume it all with family and friends. But I managed to leave my computer (with all my photos) back in the countryside. Oops. This means I don’t have all the photo files to finish my next post about the North Downs Way. So, instead, I thought…

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Japanese Festivals: Tokae Masturi in Nara

Japanese Festivals: Tokae Masturi in Nara

Up until now I have written about a range of walks. However as I named this blog “A walk and a Lark” I thought I should add some more things that count as larks. 🙂 One of my favourite things about living in Japan was the amazing variety of matsuri (festivals). There are festivals in most small towns and villages. Cities, like the place I lived, Nara, often have a whole range of matsuri for each season. Tokae matsuri takes…

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