Attractive events on Oshima island

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Camellia Festival-from at end of January to March

camellia, Tsubaki, Tsubaki hana garden, oshima

Every year from January to March, a camellia festival is held on Oshima. This is a historic festival held since 1956.

During this time, you will come across traditional performances such as Oshima folk singing as well as photography exhibitions. You can even walk through the ‘camellia tunnel’ made using camellias.

This is a camellia flower.

camellia, Tsubaki, Tsubaki hana garden, oshima

Oshima is known for its Camellias. There are approximately 3 million camellia trees around the island, and the camellia oil drawn from the seeds are treasured as an important ingredient in cooking, not to mention cosmetics and soaps.

working with camellia oil
working with camellia oil

This is how pressure is applied to the seeds of the camellias to squeeze the oil out.

extracting Camellia oil under pressure
extracting Camellia oil under pressure

Summer Festival- 11th and 12th of August

festival, firework
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In the summer, each district holds its own summer festival. You will find numerous food stalls selling gourmet food, while a stage is set up for music performances.

Some of the festivals even have fireworks, lending to their popularity of on the island.

There are other unique festivals that take place on Oshima.

For example, at the port of Okada, also know as ‘Little Napoli’, a Naples festival is held every fall, where you will find Naples inspired dishes available only on this day.

gathering at the harbor during a festival
gathering at the harbor during a festival

Here is more information about the festivals are held in Oshima Island.
Oshima Town Official Website

This article was updated on 21st of Jan,2018

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