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Have you been to a Matsuri?

Matsuri means Local Festival in Japanese.
So have you ever gone to a festival? If you haven't, a festival is basically a huge gathering of people to celebrate an event of some type [like independence day]. It is usually and ordinarily staged by a local community, which centers on and celebrates some unique aspect of that community and the Festival. But  matsuri's are probably better, in my case. There are tons of people that come from all over Toyko to drink, eat, and celebrate.

I've been to a "matsuri" in New York City before, the sakura matsuri - held in Brooklyn Botanical Gardens during the spring. But that type of matsuri is different then the matsuri's in Japan - at least the ones I've been to so far. There are two types I've been to so far, a few hanabi matsuri's and a few matsuri's that involved either lanterns or floats being paraded along the streets - these aren't your Macy's day floats. The crowd moves along the streets next…

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