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Imari Ton-ten-ton Festival伊万里トンテントン祭り


Every year, at the end of October, Imari Shrine holds a festival of palanquin shrines, also known as Imari Kunchi. The white and red portable shrines parade down the bamboo grass and flower decorated streets, cleansing the area of evil. These shrines are then followed by rough palanquin shrines and floats which are carried by lively men. Then three taiko drums sound out ton-ten-ton and a splendid ceremonial duel unfolds between them. The Kawa Otoshi (dropping in the river) occurs in the evening of the final day, where the palanquin shrines and floats come together and are thrown into the river, then pulled back out by the men.


Saga Pref. Imarishi Tachibanachou (Arita / ImariArea)

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Saga Pref. Imarishi Tachibanachou [ map ]
Arita / ImariArea
2019/10/19/10/24-27 [10/19] In the temple area
[10/24] The soul putting the affair
[10/25] the awning
[10/26] Main festival
[10/27] Main festival
Average attendance
About 43,000 people (Last year's results)
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Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Saga Areas


          Away from the fast-paced cities of mainland Japan, Kyushu's Saga prefecture offers quaint towns and cities known for their traditional crafts, particularly ceramics. Rich in kaolin (a type of clay), Saga became the homeland of Arita ware, a delicate, decorative porcelain that is now celebrated worldwide and can be discovered in the towns of Arita, Imari, and Karatsu.