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    Nebuta Matsuri in Aomori, Japan

    Japan is notorious for their epic and impressive festivals. And the Nebuta Matsuri did not disappoint.

    Designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Japan in 1980, the Nebuta Matsuri is a Tanabata, a summer-related festival (or matsuri in Japanese), that is held in the Tohoku, the northern region of the main island of Honshu. Towns in Aomori Prefecture all have their own version of the festival, but the largest is held in Aomori City which is held annually from August 2 to 7. During the festival, giant floats showcasing warriors from plays and myths are paraded down the street while hundreds of dancers dressed in costumes called haneto and shouting the chant “Rassera!!” and inviting others to join in.

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    Hiroshima Peace Memorial

    It’s been over 71 years since the Enola Gay dropped an atom bomb on Hiroshima. The nuclear debate is still ongoing, and while this is by no means a political blog, the detonations of Little Boy and Fat Man over Hiroshima and Nagasaki respectively, effectively ended World War II. While on my trip to Japan last year, I was able to visit the beautiful city of Hiroshima and the Peace Memorial Park, a stark and somber reminder of the devastation that a nuclear weapon can cause.

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    Beer and Booze, Japan

    Bacardi Sakura Fizz

    sakura fizz

    Springtime in Japan means one thing: cherry blossom season. Also known as sakura, the cherry blossoms begin to bloom near the end of March and the season lasts for about two weeks. Every marketplace, grocery store, Seven-Eleven, and boutique carries something that includes or celebrates sakura. Read more

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