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Tuesday, 24th March 2009
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Celebrate the festival of Takayama Matsuri in April

The Japanese festival of Takayama Matsuri takes place from April 14th to 15th.

Held in the city of Takayama twice a year, the event dates back to the 15th century and features a range of spectacular floats complete with intricately crafted decorations, reports Whatsonwhen.

Festival preparations begin weeks in advance and the first day starts with a solemn ritual at the Hie Jinja shrine in the south of the city.

Originally built in 1141 and located in the Katano district, the shrine is open to the public throughout the year.

Celebrations last well into the night, with music and dancing and marionette performances occurring through the medieval streets of Takyama.

The second festival will be held on October 9th and 10th at the Sakurayama Hachimangu shrine, in the northern part of the city.

Visitors to Tokyo next month will be able to enjoy the Yabusame Festival, which features displays of traditional Japanese horseback archery.

Written by Mark Smith