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Higashi-Omi Giant Kite Festival 2013

Video link: http://youtu.be/Y6DMpluPV9k Here’s my video of the Higashi-Omi Giant Kite Festival (東近江大凧まつり Higashi-Omi Odako Matsuri) held on Sunday, May 26, 2013 in…

Higashi-Omi Giant Kite Museum video

Video link: http://youtu.be/N_B3H6Ym9kw Higashi-Omi in eastern Shiga Prefecture is famous for its giant kite measuring 12 meters by 13 meters. It’s flown on…

Shiga’s Top 10 festivals in April-May

April is a great month. Soon after the onslaught of cherry blossoms, we have an onslaught of festivals (matsuri). This is the time…

Shiga’s top cherry blossom spots

Updated: March 27, 2023 Here are my favorite cherry blossoms (called sakura in Japanese) in Shiga. They bloom in April, starting with southern Shiga…

Golden Week festivals in Shiga

This page is outdated. See the latest version here: https://shiga-ken.com/blog/2017/04/videos-of-golden-week-festivals-in-shiga/ Golden Week is Japan’s spring vacation from late April to early May with…

Tsuchiyama Saio Princess Procession on March 25

The annual Tsuchiyama Saio Princess Procession (あいの土山斎王群行) will be held on March 25, 2012. If you like kimono, you gotta see this festival.…

Sagicho Matsuri at Omi-Hachiman

The Sagicho Matsuri (左義長まつり) in Omi-Hachiman, Shiga will be held on March 17-18, 2012. This is one of Shiga’s must-see festivals. The annual…

Hina-matsuri doll festivals in Shiga

Updated: Feb. 15, 2017 Hina-matsuri dolls (雛祭りの雛人形) are being displayed at the following locations in eastern Shiga to celebrate Girl’s Day on March 3.…
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