One of the joys of Okazaki is its rich history. The modernization of Japan has transformed many urban areas into a sea of concrete, and although Okazaki has suffered the loss of much of its streetscape, many of the historical sites and a very large extent of the city's intangible cultural assets such as its arts, traditional crafts, festivals and ceremonies have remained. One of the main attractions of Okazaki is that you can not only see this history, but also participate in it. In Okazaki, history is not just the past, but a living present. You can see much of the thousand plus years of rich history, but you can also participate in the festivals, learn the arts, and contribute to a local culture that values and has a great respect for its history and origins.