Rural Rice Planting Festivals

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DISCOVER: Rural rice planting festivals

Throughout June, rural areas in Japan pray for a fruitful harvest with rice-planting festivals – a tradition dating back almost 2000 years. Towns and villages gather to watch the first few rows of rice shoots being planted as a symbolic start to the growing season, accompanied by celebratory singing and dancing.

Festivities can be found throughout Japan, but one of the most famous is the Otaue Rice Planting Festival in Osaka, which takes place every June 14th at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. Remaining faithful to ancient traditions, the Otaue Festival is a grand ceremonial display of ancient Japanese ritual and a must-see for any visitor to Osaka this month.

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