The Furukawa Festival is the annual festival of Keta Wakamiya Shrine which dates back to over 400 years, with its allure of dynamism and stillness. A dynamic taiko drum performance on the evening of the 19th is performed by men in nothing more than loincloths who haul a giant drum mounted on tower through the streets. The deep sounds of the drumbeats echo through the Furukawa district of Hida. The “still” procession of yatai floats consists of nine ornately decorated floats created by Hida craftsmen that are drawn quietly through the streets. At the yatai float festival on the night of the 20th, the floats are decorated with paper lanterns that give them a different appearance than from the day.
It was registered as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in December this year.
|Event Dates||Mid-April every year (tentative)|
|Location (venue)||Furukawa-cho, Hida City|
|Address||15-18 Ichino-machi, Furukawa-cho, Hida-shi, Gifu|
|Category||Processions and parades, Shrines and temples|
Event organizers may change the date and time. Please check the official website.