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Chichibu Yomatsuri, a winter's festival

To celebrate the beginning of winter, the Japanese organize Chichibu Yomatsuri on Dec. 2-3: it's one of the most beautiful night festival in Japan, every year on December 3rd!

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Near Tokyo, the town of Chichibu hosts one of the most outstanding yomatsuri of Japan, with impressive floats and a bright illuminated parade. A yomatsuri is a festival happening at night.

 
 

This festival has been going on for 300 years to honor the 6 Gods protecting the town. Each one of them is represented by a float lit up with colorful lanterns, and drawn by young people dressed in traditional costumes. Spectacular fireworks light up the sky to the rhythm of taiko and flutes. 

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