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How can I find out about events and festivals happening in Japan over golden week? I am on a student exchange from the UK and will be...

...in Nagoya over golden week. I'd love to find some more information about all of the celebrations, and best things to see over golden week. I can't seem to find anything on the net, any help? Thankyou!

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Hi,
Try the Nagoya Castle during May 3-5.
There will be martial arts demonstrations and some traditional culture exhibitions during these three days.
Try googling "nagoya events may" or "nagoya festival may" although i do have to say that its difficult to find many events/festivals during Golden week in Nagoya City itself. however, you may find the following in and around Nagoya area:
-Antique Fair (May 1-3) in Nagoya city
-Yosakoi Yume Matsuri (may 3) Around 70 teams, young and old, from all over Japan will converge on Nagoya to perform in this two day colourful and vibrant festival of traditional Kochi-style Japanese street dancing.
-Kariya Daimyo Parade and Float Festival (kariya city, May 3) The main event of this particular festival is a parade of the local lords (daimyo) followed by a traditional float parade. As such, men dress up in costumes of the era and entertain people as they work their way through the city streets.
-Tado Matsuri (May 4 & 5, Kuwana City, Mie)
This 700 year old festival, designated as one of Mie Prefecture’s cultural assets, draws large crowds each year & much unwanted attention from animal rights organizations. The focus of the festival is the age-uma-shinji ceremony. Young men clad in military style costumes race up a slippery slope on horse-back and try to clear a 2-meter high, 2.5-meter wide wall. Many riders and horses get badly injured when they fall to the ground, roll down the slope, or smash straight into the wall. This main part of the festival, called the agezaka, takes places on May 4
-Nagashino Kassen Nobori Matsuri(May 5, Shinshiro City, Aichi)
An annual festival commemorating the 1575 Battle of Nagashino; one of the most important battles in Japanese history. Nearly 40,000 troops commanded by Ieyasu Tokugawa and Nobunaga Oda were sent to alleviate the siege of Nagashino Castle and defeated rival warlord Katsuyori Takeda’s 15,000 strong force. The victory of Oda's Western-style firearm-assisted tactics over Takeda's old-style samurai cavalry charge is often cited as a turning point in Japanese warfare.
marching band, taiko drummers performance, Re-enactments of the famous battle, along with plenty of gunfire, smoke, and mounted samurai performance.
Hi, I'm living Hamamatsu.
There is Big festival in Hamamatsu in Shizuoka( not that far from Nagoya) during G.W.
Check here :
And, if you wanna ask more about it or interested, I will help you.
Have a great holiday around Nagoya!!

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