Kumagaya Fan Festival
The largest Gion Festival in the Kanto area with its musical accompaniment, dashi(float) and yatai (food stalls)
Festivals and Events
The origin of the name "Uchiwa Matsuri'' is told that the owner of Senshuro, a Japanese restaurant, started distributing them at summer festivals around 1902. Influenced by the Tenno Festival, which was known for its uchiwa fans flying around, the owner bought Shibu Uchiwa fans from the long-established uchiwa store Ibasen and started distributing them at festivals in Kumagaya. The appearance of these fans was well received, and later, each store also put out fans with their store name and other information on them, so the festival became known as the "Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri ".
The whole festival begins with the "Togyo Festival" of 10.5 km, which lasts about 3.5 hours. On the second day, the floats(called dashi) and food stalls (called yatai) of each town line up for a parade. The second day's festival is called "Junko Festival". On the last day, all 12 floats and yatai gather together for the "Hikkawase-Tatakiai(pounding each other)", which is the climax of the festival. After that, the portable shrine(called mikoshi) returns to the main shrine, which is called "Kangyo Festival". The whole festival ends quietly in a solemn atmosphere.
This is a sacred festival that you should experience at least once.
The largest Gion Festival in the Kanto region.
The festival is held for three days.
The culmination of the festival is the "Hikkawase-Tatakiai".
It is a ritual to pray for protection against plague.
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- Name in Japanese
- Postal Code
- 44 Kamakuracho, Kumagaya City, Saitama
- 048-501-5915 (Uchiwa Matsuri Festival Sponsorship Secretariat)
- Entrance Fee
- July 20, 21, 22
(1) About a 10-minute walk from Kumagaya Station on the JR Takasaki Line and Chichibu Railway.
(2) About 20 minutes by car from Higashi Matsuyama Interchange of Kanetsu Expressway
- Official Website
- Official Website (Japanese)