The Kiryu Yagibushi Festival is a festival that centers on folk entertainment known as Yagibushi and the historical Kiryu Gion Festival.
Turrets are set up in locations around the city, and a series of dance circles spreads out, enveloping the entire town in enthusiasm and excitement. It is fine to watch but it is also fine to join in the dancing. Once you experience this festival you’ll be sure to become a fan of Yagibushi. A large number of events are also held, including Dance Yagibushi, an original dance performed to a song containing the Yagibushi melody, and a national Yagibushi song contest, where Yagibushi dance circle “leaders” compete to be No. 1 in Japan. At the Kiryu Gion Festival you will come face to face with Japan’s traditions, including a portable shrine procession in which portable shrines are paraded cheerfully.
|Event Dates||Early August every year (tentative)|
|Location (venue)||Locations throughout the city such as Honcho-dori Street, Suehiro-dori Street, and Nishiki-cho-dori Street.|
|Category||Dance, Traditional performing arts|
Event organizers may change the date and time. Please check the official website.