91. Hachinohe Sansha Taisai MatsuriA festival with a 270 year history. Twenty-seven floats and three huge mikoshi are coaxed through the narrow streets of Hachinohe, Aomori.
92. Kogashi Matsuri in AtamiAtami is a onsen (hotspring) resort town near Tokyo. The Kogashi Matsuri is a standard Japanese festival featuring a procession of floats. However, it's less pious (religious) than a typical festival — with floats featuring anime characters. The festivities seem to be dominated by a young influence — it's energetic.
93. Hagoita Ichi FestivalThe Hagoita Ichi Festival is a market for traditional Japanese New Years items (mid December). In many ways, it's similar to the Christmas Markets of Europe.
The festival takes place in mid December on Nakamise street in front of Sensoji (Tokyo's most visited temple).
94. Toshiya Archery FestivalThe Toshiya Archery Festival was started by Samurai more than 400 years ago (Edo-era). It's Japan's oldest archery competition.
Archer's were far more skilled in the Edo-era — the targets in the modern festival are at 60 meters (historically they were at 120 meters). Archers in the competition are all 20 years old. The festival is held on the Sunday closest to coming of age day.
95. Hamamatsu FestivalA kite flying festival held at the Nakatajima Sand Dunes (the largest sand dunes in Japan at Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture). Over 100 large kites (3.5 x 3.5 meters ~ 11.5 x 11.5 feet) participate. If you think kite festivals are boring — the Hamamatsu Festival will shake your perceptions.