Strange Festival – Takada Straw Bag Pulling
A 400-Year-Old Traditional Festival
Every year the Straw Bag Pulling is held on the second Saturday of January in Aizuminato Town of Fukushima Prefecture.
In this festival, a large number of men dressed only in loincloths are split into two teams – red and white – and pull on a giant bale of straw like a game of tug-of-war. The bale is enormous, measuring 3 meters in diameter, 5 meters in height, and it can weigh as much as 3 tons.
Supposedly, when the red team of business officials wins it foretells business prosperity, and when the white team of agriculturalists wins it foretells good harvests.
There are opportunities for regular people to participate as well.
Video of Takada Straw Bag Pulling
Basic information on Takada Straw Bag Pulling
Takada Straw Bag Pulling
- In the area around 2990 Takada, Aizuminato Town, Fukushima
- Auzuminato Town – Main Street
- 20 minutes on foot from JR Aizu-Takada Station
- 0242-56-4882 (Aizuminato Town Tourist Association)
- January 12th, 2019
- 10:00 am - 5:00 pm