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Traditional Festivals of Japan

TRAVEL 2009 55 mins Episode(s): 5 English English
Shrines and temples like Ise Jingu Shrine with a history of 2000 years are carefully preserved all over Japan. Traditional cultural festivals are held all over the country that take place in these very special shrines and temples.

Five of these famous festivals have been captured on camera and each program reports the traditional culture in the region where the festival is taking place, as well as the people who passionately participate in the festival.

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    Kintaikyo Bridge Festival -A Step Back in Time-
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