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Name: Aizu-Wakamatsu International Festival
Date: October 1st (Saturday) 10:00-3:00
Address: Tsurugajo Gymnasium, 14-51, Jotomachi, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima 965-0807
Details: Every other year, the Aizu-Wakamatsu International Association puts on an International Festival. This year’s festival will feature booths from the US, UK, Canada, Malaysia, the Philippines, and many more! There will be stage performances throughout the day and food booths selling delicious treats. The festival will take place from 10 AM to 3 PM in the Tsurugajo Gymnasium.
Name: Iizaka Hachiman Festival
Date: October 1st (Saturday)
Address: Yawata-1 Iizakamachi, Fukushima, Fukushima Prefecture 960-0201
Details: The Iizaka Rotary Club would like to invite you to their Hachiman Festival in Iizaka on Saturday, October 1st! This will be an opportunity for foreigners to carry a mikoshi (portable shrine) through the streets of Iizaka while wearing a happi and seeing all the other beautiful floats being prepared for the Kenka Matsuri at night. Most often, those who carry mikoshi in festivals are people whose families contribute to the municipal association fund, which most foreigners do not participate in, so carrying a mikoshi is a valuable experience! Exchange students from Fukushima University will also be participating, so it is a good chance to expand horizons and meet new people!
Name: Soma Mikagura Festival
Date: September 4th (Sunday)
Address: Soma Shrine (Kitamachi-101 Nakamura, Soma, Fukushima Prefecture 976-0042)
Details: Every year, the people of Soma city gather at the local shrine to pray for a good rice harvest. Come join the locals as they celebrate and pray for this year’s crops!
Name: Naganuma Festival
Date: September 10th (Saturday)
Address: Naganuma Kanamachi Street
Details: A festival featuring nebuta, yosakoi dancing, and a children’s mikoshi (portable shrine), this festival is celebrating the start of autumn with an evening of events.