51. Tokyo International Anime FairThe Tokyo International Anime Fair is one of the largest animation trade fairs in the World. The Tokyo Anime Awards are awarded at the event.
The fair is four days in late March. The first two days are reserved for industry insiders and the press. The last two days are open to the public.
52. Wakayama Fire Festival (Nachi No Hi Matsuri)Twelve huge vermilion mikoshi are carried to the Great Waterfall of Nachi in the Kumano mountains of Wakayama Prefecture. This waterfall is 133 meters (436 feet) high and is considered a god by local Shinto religious traditions.
Twelve massive 50 kg pine torches are lit and waived around wildly in front of the falls. As with many matsuri, every effort is made to make the festival as genki (and dangerous) as possible.
53. Fuji Shibazakura FestivalMany Japanese festivals have a carnival atmosphere — drinking, dancing and excitement. Japan also has thousands of quiet festivals. The Fuji Shibazakura Festival is one such festival. It's one of the most photogenic festivals in the World.
Approximately 80,000 red, pink and white Shibazakura (mountain phlox flowers) are planted in a 2.4 hectare area with Mount Fuji in the background. The festival is timed with their bloom (late April ~ late May).
54. Eisa Dance Festival in OkinawaEisa is a dance of the Okinawan islands that's danced while playing a taiko drum.
The Eisa Dance Festival takes place on the first Sunday of August in the city of Naha. It features 10,000 Eisa dancers dancing to folk, modern rock and pop songs.
55. Peace Memorial Ceremony HiroshimaAn annual event on the anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing (August 6) at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Local residents, families of the victims and international visitors gather to remember those who were lost and pray for World peace.
Floating lanterns with messages of peace and remembrance are released in the river in front of the park.