Where: Arimatsu, Nagoya, Japan
Arimatsu is a small town in Nagoya, which is renowned for its production of exquisite tie-dyed (shibori) fabrics. Once a year, in early October the town turns out for the Arimatsu Festival, the high point of which is its parades. This procession centres upon three festival floats that are paraded through the old town, with each float sporting its own mechanized puppet (Karakuri doll). The floats are illuminated by lanterns that are ranged along the town’s main street, which adds a magical air to the occasion.
The event is held on the first Sunday in October with a lieu day reserved for the following Sunday in case of inclement weather.
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