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Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri

Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture
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This was an amazing experience. Hundreds of people pulling portable shrines along Kumagaya's roads... read more

Reviewed July 22, 2016
Onchan, United Kingdom
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This festival is held every year from July 19th to 23rd and is the main festival of the Yasaka Shrine in Kumadani City. The festival originates from an old tradition whereby each household used to cook sekihan (red rice) to ward off illness and disease. This was called the Kumadani Sekihan Festival until later years when the use of uchiwa (paper fans) became popular and the event was renamed the Kumadani Uchiwa Festival. This tradition lives on today in the passing out of free paper fans from shrines and stores throughout the city. The boisterous event features 12 floats from each district along with musicians and taiko drummers who put on an exciting show.
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Jul 21, 2016
Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture

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Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

This was an amazing experience. Hundreds of people pulling portable shrines along Kumagaya's roads. A festival of pomp and circumstance but also fun. Lots of street food stalls, smiling vendors and happy customers. Nothing like Tokyo, we were amazed how friendly the people of Kumagaya...More

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