Fukushima Prefecture


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Fukushima Prefecture - 福島県

located in the Tōhoku region on the island of Honshu.
The capital is the city of Fukushima.

The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the tsunami that followed, and the resulting Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant disaster caused significant damage to the prefecture, primarily but not limited to the eastern Hama-dōri region.
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. Japan after the BIG earthquake March 11, 2011 .


. Aizu matsuri 会津まつり Aizu festival .
Aizu Wakamatau, September 会津若松

. Isasumi Jinja 伊佐須美神社 Shrine Festivals . Aizu Misato
. . . . . Sunayama matsuri - "Sand mountain festival"  -砂山祭 fifth lunar month
. . . . . O-taue matsuri  御田植祭 (July)
. . . . . Sanaburi shinji - さなぶり (July)

. Sooma noma oi 相馬野馬追(そうまのまおい)
Soma Nomaoi Festival - horse chasing in Soma .


Kawamata town (川俣町, Kawamata-machi)

Kawamata Road Race (June)
Karariko Festa (August) – a street festival to mark Obon, with dancing, fireworks, and live performances

Shamo Matsuri (August)
– a two-day exhibition celebrating the local shamo industry

Traffic Safety Marching Band Parade (September)
Cosquín en Japón (October) – a three-day Andean music festival and concert, featuring performers from around Japan and the world
Kasuga Shrine Festival (October) – two-day autumn street festival

Silk Fair (October) 「川俣」特産品まつり
a two-day open market for silk and other local products

. Kawamata Silk 川俣シルク .


waraji matsuri わらじまつり festival of the huge straw sandals
(from Mount Haguro)

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The Waraji Matsuri is an annual festival that fills the main street of Fukushima City in early August.
The festival originally finds its roots in the Mount Shinobu Dawn Procession. During the festival, visitors can see the local residents wearing traditional festival outfits such as yukata, happi, and original costumes while they perform a large variety of exciting dances. Notable performances include Heisei Waraji Ondo and Dancing Soda Night. There is also a dedication ceremony for the waraji (straw sandal), and many exciting fun-filled events for young and old alike, including the Waraji Kyoso race.
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May 16, 2012
Fukushima to host weekend of cultural festivals
Local festivals representing areas across Japan will be held in Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, on the last weekend of May, with the aim of reviving the local tourism industry.

The city, a popular historical site, once attracted many tourists, especially students on school excursions. Students from some 1,500 schools visited regularly every year.

But last year's great earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated Pacific coastal areas, including Fukushima, as well as the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co., changed the landscape dramatically.

Many rich historical sites were left almost deserted, including Tsurugajo Castle and memorial sites for Byakkotai teen warriors, who fought for the Tokugawa shogunate in the Boshin war, an 1868-1869 civil war between Tokugawa royalists and forces aiming to restore Imperial rule to Japan.
At the Fukushima Festival, about 20 groups from 10 prefectures across Japan will show off their local traditions with dances, music, decorative floats and other distinctive items.

Participants will include the Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri from Aomori Prefecture, the Omuta Daijayama Matsuri from Fukuoka Prefecture, the Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko from Okinawa Prefecture and the Yosakoi dance from Fukushima, as well as the more contemporary Asakusa Samba Carnival from Tokyo.

On the eve of the festival, Shohei Muroi, mayor of Aizuwakamatsu, will deliver a speech calling for resolve to work for recovery.

source : Japan Times


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Nanokado Hadaka-mairi Festival (Yanaizu Town) - January 7
Sinobu Sanzan Akatsuki-mairi Festival (Fukushima City) - February 10 to 11
Ryozen Shrine Grand Festival (Ryozen Town) - April 22
Hinoemata Kabuki Performance (Hinoemata Village) - May 12 and August 18
Tajima Gion Festival (Tajima Town) - July 19 to 21
Soma-Nomaoi Festival (Soma City, Haramachi City, Odaka Town and others) - July 23 to 25
Yabusame (Mounted Archery) Iino Hachiman Shrine (Iwaki City) - September 14 to 15, Furudono Hachiman Shrine (Furudono Town) - The second weekend in October
Nihonmatsu Lantern Festival (Nihonmatsu City) - October 4 to 6
Taimatsu-akashi Festival (Sukagawa City) - The second Saturday in November
Kohata Banner Festival (Towa Town) - The first Sunday in December
source : www.pref.fukushima.jp

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. Regional Folk Toys from Japan - GANGU . 

. Regional Dishes from Japan - WASHOKU .

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