Event Calendar

1 January

Isasumi Shrine / The new year

New Year’s Day

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the New Year’s holiday for snakes

seven days
Takada area Jakubayashi district

This is a traditional New Year’s event that has been handed down for more than 100 years. Local elementary school students carry a 7-meter-long straw snake and go around the houses in the village to pray for a good harvest, good health, and abundant irrigation water.

Over 400 years of traditionOotawarahiki, a strange festival

Second Saturday of the month

The event has a tradition of over 400 years and is held every year on the second Saturday of January.
A large bale 5 meters long and weighing 3 tons is divided into red and white, and it is said that if the red side wins, business will prosper, and if the white side wins, a good harvest will result. The festival is held in the nude, wearing only a single undergarment. 365 small bales of good luck are also scattered to pray for good health.

2 February

Monju Grand Festival

The Monju Grand Festival is held every year on February 25, and is visited by junior and senior high school students and their parents from within and outside of the prefecture who are preparing for entrance examinations. Students and parents line up to write the name of their school of choice on ema (votive tablet) and dedicate it to Monju-sama, and the procession continues until nightfall.

3 March

Town-designated important intangible folk cultural propertySaikatsu Higan Shishi

Vernal Equinox Day
Takada area

The Higan Shishi-mai is passed down to the eldest son. The history of the lion dance dates back to 1626, when the entire village was destroyed by a large fire and the people moved to this area. In 1798, the population was halved due to an epidemic. This tragic situation led to the lion dance to pray for the eradication of the plague, a good harvest, and the safety of the family.

4 April

Daidai Kagura Flower Festival

Rice cakes filled with petals of Usuzumi cherry blossoms are served to the shrine parishioners, and in the Kaguraden, a curtain is draped in the shape of Amano-Iwato, and various works from the myth are danced.

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5 May

one of Japan’s largest Mukaihaguro Castle Festival Flame Township Mukaihaguroyama Castle RuinsFureai Tea Party

This is the birthplace of the Aizu Tea Ceremony, built by warlord Moriuji Asina. The event will be held in Hakuho Mountain Park at Mukaihaguroyama Castle Ruins. A stand-up tea ceremony table will be set up and traditional Aizu crafts (lacquerware, paulownia wood, and ceramics) will be used as tea ceremony utensils.

6 June

Iris Festival

June 15 - July 5

The Isasumi Shrine Iris Garden, a place of recreation and relaxation, will be filled with more than 200 varieties of colorful irises.
Miss Iris will guide visitors to events such as a tea ceremony (nodate) and Iris Nagashi dance.

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7 July

Designated by the national government as an important intangible folk cultural propertyIsasumi Shrine Rice Planting Festival

The Otaue Matsuri is a three-day ritual. Children’s lion-chasing children drive away animals that would harm the rice crop and pray for good health. In the precincts of the shrine, a procession of portable shrines is paraded in front of the rice-planting dolls called “deko,” a Saotome dance performed by men.
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Takahashi’s Bugsending

Takahashi District

This event is held on the eve of the first day of summer to pray for a good harvest. Named after the pests that are flushed into the river to protect the crops.

8 August

Hongo Seto Market

1st Sunday

Hongo Seto Market is a summer tradition in Aizu. On crisp summer mornings, while it’s still dark, people come out to look for bargains. It started in the late Meiji era when disciples of the pottery started selling hanemono cheaply to earn pocket money. Street stalls line the streets of Setomachi.

9 September

Autumn Festival

3rd day / Monday

Eight districts parade floats and carry portable shrines along Setomachi Street and other streets.

10 October

Aizu Misato Wine Festival

Mid to late October

It will be held at Fureai no Mori Sports Park.
Wineries in Fukushima prefecture gather.
You can enjoy Marche such as delicious gourmet including local.

Hoyoji Temple Dedication Chrysanthemum Exhibition

October 27th - November 5th

An autumn event held on the grounds of Hoyoji Temple. Approximately 100 spectacular chrysanthemums are dedicated.

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11 November

Nakada Kannon Kiku Matsuri Grand Festival

1 to 10 days

This is the feast day of Nakata Kannon, one of the three Aizu Korori Kannon. It is said that if you bring chrysanthemum flowers to the shrine and offer them as an offering, and then eat them as a talisman, you will be blessed with no headache, a firm body, and harmony in the family. Also, the shrine grounds are filled with beautiful chrysanthemums.

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12 December

There are no events in December.