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Wednesday, 29th April 2009
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Travel back in time at Mifune Matsuri

Next month sees the annual festival of Mifune Matsuri take place in the Japanese city of Arashiyama.

The event, which commemorates the Imperial Boating Party of the Heian era, features a procession of musicians, courtiers and dancers onboard a number of colourfully decorated boats.

Crowds of spectators are expected to experience poetry readings, dramatic performances, sacred dances and traditional musical.

Beautifully designed Kyoto fans will also be floated downstream - a tradition that dates back hundreds of years.

Visitors to the festival will be able to book a seat on a sightseeing barge or hire a rowing boat to go on an independent exploration of the river.

Meanwhile, La Machine, the mechanical arachnid extravaganza that wowed Liverpool during its Capital of Culture year, touched down in Yokohama.

The robotic spider will be on show near the Red Brick Warehouse in Yokohama's Bayside Area until September.

More than 400,000 people turned out to see the creature when it appeared on Merseyside.

Written by Mike Cotgreave