Matsuri are celebrations throughout the year as well. They could be tied with the different shrines in Japan and also various regions. There is the Sapporo Snow Festival (Hokkaido) in February, Nango Summer Jazz Festival where artists gather to perform. My favorite is the Cherry Blossom Festival, which is celebrated throughout the entire season in all the regions of Japan. There is food stalls in different locations, lanterns, dancing, admiration of beautiful cherry blossoms everywhere.
Even though we might not be residing in Japan to experience these festivities, we can still participate through local Japanese organizations in all parts of the world.
I will highly recommend checking in to local Japanese organizations and sign up for some of the events just to experience it. It will be memorable!
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Sakura, beautiful cherry blossom, marking the start of Spring is mesmerizing to watch. They usually bloom around the end of March and early April, and much later in the northern part of Hokkaido. Let's capture this beautiful scenery on canvas together. We will paint the cherry blossom in the city lights of Tokyo along the Meguro River!
Also, local places to visit, Mitsuwa has a brand new store in Dallas, check it out! Visit Japan America Society - jasdfw.org, Dallas Japanese Association - godja.org, and other local organizations for their running events.
Have a happy celebration!