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Shibukawa Heso Matsuri

Shibukawa, Gunma Prefecture
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Fun, interesting and unique festival

Every year in the city I live they have a community festival that celebrates being the literally in... read more

Reviewed 19 March 2018
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A unique festival held in Shibukawa, Gunma Prefecture on the fourth Friday and Saturday of July. Known as the "stomach dance," performers paint a variety of unusual faces on their stomachs and chant "show your belly button, yoi-yoi" as they dance through the street. There are lots of other fun navel-related events. Shibukawa is situated smack-dab in the center of Japan, which is where the "navel" idea comes from, and the festival started in 1984 as a way of revitalizing the town. Today it has become a signature sign of summer and draws many tourists.
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Mar 18, 2018
“Fun, interesting and unique festival”
Shibukawa, Gunma Prefecture
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Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

Every year in the city I live they have a community festival that celebrates being the literally in the center (belly button) of Japan. Not too crowded and a nice sightseeing item for the weekend. Staying at the nearby hot spring area of Ikaho will...More

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