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Kuki Lantern Festival / Tenno Festival | KUKI
The Kuki Lantern festival, or Kuki Chochin Festival, is held annually on two fixed dates: July 12th and July 18th. It is the biggest lantern festival in the Kanto region (area around Tokyo).
About 250,000 people attend this festival that celebrates local folklore and is famous throughout Japan. It is said the festival started after a volcano eruption over 230 years ago impacted the region. The Kuki locals banded together to lift the spirits of people in their city and indeed the kanto region. The Kuki Lantern Festival is free to spectate.
Huge floats of paper lanterns are carried through the town. What makes them extra special is that they transform between day and night. During the day the floats depict mythical characters which are removed at night and replaced with lanterns.
There are approximately 100 festival stalls on the 12th and 300 on the 18th.
Access Kuki Lantern Festival
The area of the festival is close to JR Kuki station. Kuki station is about a 20 minute train ride from Omiya.
By car the festival is about a 10 minute drive from the Kuki exit of the Tohoku expressway.
Featured image and video from the official festival website: http://kuki.jpn.org/main/kankoukyoukai/maturi/
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