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Sunakake Matsuri

Have you ever dreamt of going back to your childhood and starting a sand fight?

Sunakake Matsuri in Japan - Best Time
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The Sand Fighting Festival is an event to pray for rain and good harvests. People dress in raincoats and plastic glasses to cover their eyes to get ready for all the fun. First, some men in traditional clothes take shovels and start throwing sand at all the participants. Then everyone joins in! It surely is a fun way to pray! The festivities happen at Hirose Shrine, Kawai Town in Nara Prefecture, some 70 km away from Kyoto.

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