One of the biggest pieces of advice I could give to anyone travelling, especially in Japan, is to forget you’re a foreigner and join the festivities like you’re one of the locals. Japan is an extremely hospitable and welcoming country to say the least. You don’t go to the beach and just stand on the sand; don’t go to a festival and waste what can be such a rewarding experience. Check out the gallery above to get a glimpse of Aoi Matsuri which is one of many festivals you don’t need to be embarrassed about joining.
Aoi Matsuri, in April, is one of the oldest festivals in Kansai, and has a long history stemming back 2,500 years. Travelling to Amanohashidate in northern Tango of Kyoto Prefecture, you can be lucky enough to watch and join in the festival activities. The festival includes spiritual services by priests, taiko drums, lots of singing and dancing as well as sword-fighting dance displays. Oh you’ll strongly be encouraged to have free sake poured down your throat by the happy festival leaders!
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