Festivals of Japan

Events across Japan. A collection ranging from traditional to seasonal offerings.

Grand Festival of Sawara - Chiba

Called one of the three major float festivals of Kanto, it has a history dating back about 300 years. The vaunted dashi floats made of zelkova wood are decorated with ornate Kanto engraving, with the tops adorned with figurines as tall as four meters made by famous craftsmen from the Edo and Meiji periods, along with other dolls. With the sounds of “sawara bayashi,” one of the three great festival musical performances of Japan, echoing through the streets, the floats make their way past the houses of “Little Edo” in a scene that evokes the Edo period.
It was registered as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in December this year.

Date Mid-July every year (tentative)
(Autumn Festival: Mid-October every year (tentative))
Time 10:00-22:00
Official site http://www.city.katori.lg.jp/sightseeing/multilingual/en/en-matsuri.html
Location (venue) Summer festival: Sawara Honjuku district (near Yasaka Shrine)
Autumn festival: Sawara Shinjuku district (near Sawara Station)
Address 1020 Sawarai, Katori-shi, Chiba (Suwa Shrine)
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Region Kanto
Category Processions and parades, Traditional performing arts

Event organizers may change the date and time. Please check the official website.

update: Aug.21.2018

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