Waraji Matsuri (わらじ祭り), Fukushima
Waraji are sandals made from straw and feature in this annual celebration at the start of August. A 12-meter-long waraji is paraded down the street as a symbol of safe travels, making its way to the Haguro Shrine on Mount Shinobu.
Traditional dance routines and modern hip-hop performances also take place, followed by a series of waraji races as teams try to carry an oversized straw sandal as quickly as possible.
Event dates: August 2-4 2019
The Fukushima Waraji Matsuri
A Straw Sandal Festival? Yes, it is pretty much as weird as it sounds. …