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Shinjo Festival新庄まつり


A traditional festival boasting over 260 years of history, the Shinjo Festival is registered a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2016. The festival is said to have got its start in the Edo period-the people of Shinjo Domain were impoverished by a crop failure; the lord of the domain, Tozawa Masanobu, held a festival at the Tozawa clan family shrine with everyone in the domain participating in order to pray for bountiful harvests and inspire the people. A traditional festival parade, said to be Japan's most spectacular, winds its way through the city over a three day period. The entire city gets wrapped up in the excitement. Other events include concerts and a performance of traditional Shinjo-bayashi music on the evening of the first day and a parade of portable shrines on the second day. On the final day, performances of traditional music and deer dancing are held, as well as a parade with traditional parade floats and deer dancing performances.


Yen in Shinjo Yamagata Prefecture yen 1 yen (Obanazawa / Shinjo / MurayamaArea)

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Yen in Shinjo Yamagata Prefecture yen 1 yen [ map ]
Obanazawa / Shinjo / MurayamaArea
2019/8/24-26 [8/24] around 8:30-20:30
[8/25] around 7:00-16:00
[8/26] 9:30-20:30
Average attendance
Street stall
※※ About 250 spaces

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