Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri (Fan Festival), Saitama
Speaking of the Gion festival, it is famous as a festival performed in Kyoto, but in fact, the Gion festival is performed in various places of Japan. “Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri” which is held in Kumagaya-shi, Saitama is said to be “the Kanto’s best Gion festival”.
The figure of the parade of 12 “Dashi” or “Yatai” (both are festival cars) with festival music of Kumagaya is heroic with gorgeousness, and the luxurious display of the “Hikiawase Tatakiai” that all festival cars gather at a climax of the last day provide an impressive visual performance, so you can feel an air of excitement with the crowds of tens of thousands of people.
“Tatakiai” means that more than 2 festival cars make a sound of festival music of Kumagaya and compete it.
Kumagaya Uchiwa Festival is the Gion festival which held for five days from July 19 to 23 every year.
It is “Serving Sekihan of Kumagaya” that each house of Kumagaya served “Sekihan” (steamed rice with red beans) between festivals and pray for incantation against the plague.
They serve “Uchiwa” (Fan) in substitution for sekihan later, and it became popular, so it came to be called “Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri”.
It is a recommended summer festival for a hot summer opening, as the visitor feel cheered up by this powerful festival.
|Name:||Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri (Kumagaya Fan Festival)|
|Adresse:||Tsukuba 2-115 Kumagaya, Saitama 360-0037 Japan|
|Access:||JR Takasaki-sen line "Kumagaya-eki Station” (Urban area)|