Yawatan Machi Festival this weekend!

Awa Yawatan Machi Festival (Tsurugaya Hachimangu Grand Annual Festival)
安房やわたんまち(鶴谷八幡宮例祭大祭)

yawatan machi festival
Men shake a portable shrine [Photo from Tateyama City website]
WHEN: September 15th and 16th, 2018

WHERE: Hachimangu, the Shrine of the God of War (directions below)

Boasting more than 1,000 years of tradition, Yawatan Machi is the largest festival in the Awa region. 100,000 people turn up for this lively 2-day event to watch crowds of men shake heavy mikoshi (portable shrines) back and forth, as well as see other events.

There is a nice English explanation of the festival at http://english.tateyamacity.com/festivals/yawata-festival

Below is the schedule according to Tateyama city’s website Japanese article here.

(Please keep in mind that I did my best to translate but as I’m not familiar with shrine festivities some of the translations may not be very accurate. At least you can get an idea of what will happen. Thank you for your understanding.)

First Day (Sat. 9/15)

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.   Transferring of the Hachimangu children’s mikoshi to the Hachiman area

11 a.m. –    Festival for receiving spring water at the original Hachiman Shrine

1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.   10 mikoshi arrive

4 p.m. –   Hojo, Shinmyo Shrine annual festival (parade float and boat festival)

7 p.m. –   Rokusho (six places?) festival (Hachimangu reception hall)

8 p.m. –   Awa Hachiman taiko performance (will be cancelled if it rains)

 

Second Day (Sun. 9/16)

4 a.m. – 6 a.m.   Morning prayer at every shrine in the festival

9 a.m. –   Mass prayer festival

11 a.m. –   Awa provincial governor festival; annual Hachimangu festival

3 p.m. –   Hojo district parade floats and boat festival

5 p.m. –   Sequential return of each mikoshi

6:30 p.m. –   Shinkosai (celebration of temporary transfer of a shintai away from its main shrine); Tsuruya Hachiman mikoshi (Hachiman beach)

All Day –   Archery tournament

 

ADDRESS: Tateyama City, Hachiman 76

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