The "Kitakami Tenshochi Sakura Festival" held from mid-April to early May bustles with tons of visitors every year. Kitakami’s Tenshochi Park has been selected as one of Japan’s top 100 sites for viewing "sakura." (cherry blossoms)
Alongside the cherry trees, vivid carp-shaped streamers swim in the air above the Kitakami River. Together with pleasure boat cruising, a horse-driven carriage also rolls through the avenue of cherry trees creating a nostalgic atmosphere.
- a horse-driven carriage
- a pleasure boat on the Kitakami River and the carp-shaped streamers
- Lightened up Sakura avenue is reflected beautifuly on the Kitakami River
◆Guide Map of Kitakami Tenshochi Sakura Festival
(Note: This information may be changed without preliminaries)
[as of 2012]
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It has been said that the prefecture of Iwate is one of the best places to see performing folk arts in Japan. This having been said, Kitakami has the largest variety of performing arts in Iwate. On the second day of Kitakami’s Michinoku Geino Festival over 100 groups of Onikenbai, Shishi Odori and Kagura performers come from all over the Tohoku area to line up and perform their arts all at once. This event is better known as "daigunbu." It is an exciting atmosphere and well worth a visit. This three day festival takes place annually on the first Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of August.
The most popular traditional performing art of Kitakami is called "Onikenbai," which can roughly be translated as "Demon Dance with sword." This local dance has enjoyed a long history dating back 1,300 years ago and has been performed by local people ever since.
Learn more about Onikenbai → http://kitakami-kanko.jp/english/onikenbai.php?itemid=65
Shishi Odori originally began to commemorate deer and like Onikenbai it evolved to praise Buddha.
Learn more about Shishi Odori → http://kitakami-kanko.jp/english/onikenbai.php?itemid=108
Kagura is a performing art well known throughout Japan which can roughly be translated as "god-entertainment."
Learn more about Kagura → http://kitakami-kanko.jp/english/onikenbai.php?itemid=109
On the night of the last day, about 10,000 Torokko Nagashi (floating latterns) are floated on the Kitakami River and 10,000 fireworks are shot off into the sky.
◆Guide map of Michinoku Geino Fastival
(Note: Details may differ without preliminaries)
[as of 2011]
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◆The explanations of Kitakami's traditional performing arts
[as of 2011]
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