“Morioka Sansa Odori” (Sansa Japanese Drum Festival) is a festival held for four days in summer in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture. Many female dancer are excited at the festival which is developed mainly by women. Especially it is also interesting to show different dances in each group with dancers dancing with drums highlighted. Although it is the “Morioka Sansa Odori” centering on the parade, there are also events where regular guests can participate.
Morioka Sansa Odori is an event held in early August every year in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture, and is one of the five great festivals in the Tohoku region. Origin of such Morioka Sansa Odori is surprisingly new, it began in 1978. It is supposed to be one of the big tourism events that integrated “Sansa Odori” which had been held from around the Edo era in various places in Morioka City.
Since ancient times “Rasetsu” (Buddhist demon) was raging in Castle Morioka, troubled people prayed to God of Mitsuishi-jinja Shrine (literally mean three rocks shrine). God caught Rasetsu and pushed the handprints of the oath on three large rocks in the precinct so that never again do bad things. It is the beginning of this festival that people who were pleased with this danced around rocks. By the way, it seems that the place name of Iwate (literally mean handprints on rocks) Prefecture is also from rocks of this handprints.
Sansa Odori related to the legend that became a prefecture name is a dance with the prayers of well-being, Gokokuhojo (bumper crop), driving for the devils for Morioka people. At the festival, women dressed in beautiful decoration and kimono dance to the sound of Japanese drum. Also, the drum players of women dancing while striking the drums is one of the highlights.
The “Morioka Sansa Matsuri” is the festival performed from August 1 through 4th every year in Morioka-shi, Iwate. It is one of the representative festival of Tohoku area.
It was awarded a Guinness record as “the world record of the Japanese drum simultaneous performance” in 2014, and became the festival of the world’s best drum.
“Morioka Sansa Matsuri” is the great parade with traditional “Sansa Wa-Odori” (dance in a circle), drums, flutes, songs, and dancers. The group dancing by the dancers, who wore gorgeous outfit, with the drum parade is the best part.
Originally, Sansa Matsuri is the “Bon Odori” (festival dance) that has been popular among local people for a long time. They perform a dance in a group to the rhythm of a drum roaring the sky of the midsummer.
A parade starts from in front of Morioka-shi government office.
Starting at a splendid dance of Miss “Sansa Odori” (Sansa Dance), the dance groups of the general participation and the group of traditional members follow.
The parade of “Sansa Drums”, which set a world record for “the Japanese drum simultaneous performance record”, only is performed on the last day. The state that innumerable drums play at the same time is the best part. The Night of Morioka reaches the peak.
|Name:||Morioka Sansa Matsuri (Sansa Japanese Drum Festival)|
|Adresse:||Chuodori Morioka, Iwate 020-0021 Japan|
|Access:||JR Tohoku-Shinkansen Line “Morioka-eki Station” (15 minutes walk)|
|Tel:||(+81) 19-624-5880 (Sansa Matsuri Executive Committee)|