History and tradition collide in Japan every year in February for the First Full Moon Festival. In the Southern area of the Akita prefecture, the locals gather every year to bid farewell to the bitter winter and evil spirits and usher in another good year of happiness and good harvest. Learn about the exciting traditions of the Japanese winter festivals as this program highlights the Yuzawa Inukko Snow Dog Festival, Kami Hinokinai Paper-Balloon Lantern Festival, River Crossing Bonden Festival, Rokugo Kamakura Takeuchi Bamboo Pole Fighting Festival and the Numa Iri Festival. “Akita: Festivals of the First Full Moon” is a single-episode Japanese travel special highlighting the winter festivals in Akita.
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