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Festivals in Tokyo for July 2014

The seventh month has stepped into the limelight, and I now write of what she has in store for festivity!

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Tanabata

Tanabata

Altair and Vega (the stars of Orihime and Hikoboshi) get to meet once a year and that's always in the first week of July. Its a major festival in Japan all round, and the Zojoji temple in Tokyo is a great place to go to during then.

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Tokyo International Book Fair

Tokyo International Book Fair

Spanning four days, the fair extends from the 2nd-5th of July. Fret not, for its not going to be just Japanese books there. Its an international book fair, so there's loads more than what's expected!

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Ueno natsumatsuri

Ueno natsumatsuri

A natsumatsuri is literally 'Summer festival'. This one starts from July 16 and ends a little before a month from then. There's always a real feel of going back into our social roots at all summer festivals if not anything.

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Sumida-gawa Hanabi Festival

Sumida-gawa Hanabi Festival

Meaning the 'Sumida River Fireworks Festival.' The Japanese always associate fireworks with summer and there are always one too many summer festivals that are concluded with a show of fireworks. Cartoons, smiley faces and such special fireworks are the highlights!