The sunflower festival at Nogi, Shimotuga district, Tochigi

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source: The Shimotsuke Newspaper 

 

You can enjoy 200,000 sunflowers until 30, July.

Fireflies at Kumakogen, Ehime, Japan

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source: The Ehime Newspaper 

 

Abundant fireflies called "Himebotaru", which means "princess of firefly", in the woods in Kumakogen, Ehime, Japan, makes the woods illuminations.

 

Sunflowers at Akaiwa, Okayama, Japan

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source: The Sanyo Newspaper  http://www.sanyonews.jp/article/563843

 

10 thousands of sunflowers are now blooming near the Kumayama british garden, akaiwa, Okayama, in Japan. 

They began blooming on 9, July, and are expected to be blooming until around 25, this month.

 

 

Great Fireworks along Tone river, sakai, Ibaraki, Japan

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source: The Ibaraki Newspaper 

28,000 shot fireworks impressed many viewers on 16, July. 

 

Lilies at Takasu, Gujo city, Gifu, Japan

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source: The Gifu Newspaper 

 

About 600,000, more than 60 kinds of lilies are planted. 

They are expected to be blooming until mid-August.

 

Gifu is struggling with the flow of foreign tourists

Gifu, which is a city located at 168 miles west from Tokyo, is struggling the flow of foreign tourists. "Where you from?" One of guides of Gifu park, which is a sightseeing spot, was asking them broken English. There are only 5 people who speak English among the 50 guides. 

Also, There are no sign written in English in the park.

Although the bureau of city has set free wifi service in some spots and opened the homepages in English, they have yet to decide which kind of tourists they should target on.

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source: The Gifu newspaper

http://www.gifu-np.co.jp/news/kennai/20170719/201707190908_30081.shtml

The origin of the Gion festival

It has been told traditionally that the Gion festival was originated from the ritual in 869. Epidemic disease occurred in Kyoto at that time and many people suffered. The administration erected 66, which represents the number of provinces that existed in that era, spears to invoke the gods rooted in Gion and prayed for eliminating the disease.

source: the Kyoto newspaper online.

http://www.kyoto-np.co.jp/kp/koto/gion/history.html

 

If this is true, it's been more than a thousand years. We can call this one of the historical events in Japan. I believe no one would argue that.