Washibara Hachimangu Shrine Yabusame Shinji(archery on horseback: the second Sunday of April)
The horseback archery festival is held in accordance with ancient ritual in the precincts of the shrine.
Otome Toge Matsuri (Otome-pass festival: May 3)
This festival is held to comfort the souls of martyred Japanese Catholics. A procession of believers with the image of the Virgin Mary on their shoulders marches from a church to the Otome pass.
Inari Jinjya Haru No Taisai (great spring festival: May 15)
This festival is held in Inari Shrine to pray for good harvest of rice as well as for prosperity of business.
Hotaru Basu (Firefly Bus: June 10-25)
Tsuwano is famous for firefly. There is a bus service to enjoy seeing fireflies.
Gion Matsuri (summer festival : July 20 and 27)
The highlight of this festival is Sagi Mai (dance by people disguised as heron). (Japans intangible cultural asset)
Bon Odori Taikai (mid-summer folk dance festival : Aug. 15)
The dance called Tsuwano Odori is held in Tonomachi Street.(Prefectures intangible cultural asset)
Touro Nagashi (floating paper-lanterns : Aug. 20)
Colorful paper lanterns are floated to Tsuwano River to comfort the souls of the deceased. This event brings us the real feeling of summer.
Inari Jinjya Aki No Taisai(great autumn festival : Nov. 15 and 16)
This festival is held to thank for good harvest of rice, as well as to pray for the prosperity and good luck of the next year.
Shorinzan Tenmangu Taisai(shrine festival : Nov.23)
The highlight of the festival is Yakko Douchu, a procession of people disguised as yakko (servants for samurai). The procession parades in the town.
Gantan Sai (New Years Day Festival : Jan.1)
This festival is held in Inari Jinjya Shrine to pray for the safety of the year.
Hatsu Uma Sai (shrine festival : the first uma-day of Feb.)
Uma means horse, the 7th of the 12 signs of the Oriental zodiac.People gather to the shrine on this day to pray for the good rice harvest and prosperous business of the year.
Ichi (markets : March)
Market is held for young plants and vegetable seeds on Mar.10 (called hatsu ichi), 20 (called hatsuka ichi) and 28 (called hiina ichi).
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