Tsuzawa Yotaka Andon Matsuri

(津沢夜高あんどん祭り)

Oyabe City, Toyama Pref.

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About the festival

The Tzusawa Yotaka Andon Matsuri is held annually at night on the first Friday and Saturday of June in the Tzusawa region of Oyabe City to pray for a rich yield of crops.

The trademark of this festival is the massive Yotaka Andon (Yotaka style lanterns made from bamboo, paper and dye), that come in 3D shapes of such things as dragons, peony, butterflies and cranes. Large ones can reach up to 7m in height, 12m in length and take months to build by hand. On the day of the festival, from 19:00, after the children finish their procession of Andon, the adults bring out the massive ones to the melody of the taiko drums. The climax is when these Andon are bashed into each other in order to destroy the opponent. The mystifying sight of the Andon at night along with the energy of the locals and viewers makes this festival a solid and powerful experience. 

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Things to do

1. Massive lanterns collision featuring human valor and soul!

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The highlight of the festival is the Butsukariai, when the lanterns are crashed into each other. The spectacle goes down between 21:00 and 24:00 on both days. The massive works of art, built with the heart and soul of locals, face off and are then launched at each other at the go sign. The object is to destroy the other. It is also a clashing of valor and souls and the most exciting moment that brings the locals and viewers together alike.

Information (基本情報)

  • Festival Dates June 1st (Thu) through the 3rd (Sat), 2017.
    Held annually on the first Friday and Saturday (main event), and the first Thursday (eve event) of June.
  • Place Tsuzawa streets of Oyabe City
  • General Participation Viewing only. Participation is regulated due to danger.
  • Restrooms Available.
  • HP

    http://www.oyabe.info/

  • Contact Oyabe City Tourism Association
    0766-30-2266

Rules & Manners(参加のルール&マナー)

Participation of the pulling of the Andon is not allowed except for members of the preservation committee or those wearing the local formal wear.

Access Map (アクセスと地図)

Access to Oyabe City, Tsuzawa

[Nearest Station]
Isurugi Station on the Ai no Kaze to Yama Tetsudo Line

Venue
The city streets of  Tsuzawa, Oyabe City
*10min drive from Isurugi Station. There is a free shuttle bus leaving the Isurugi Station on the day of the festival

AREA SIGHT

立春の前日は「節分」といって、二十四節気による旧年から新年への変わり目であることから重視されており、日本全国各地の神社仏閣等で豆まきが行われる。地元では“おせんげんさん”と呼ばれ多くの人から親しまれている静岡浅間神社の節分祭は、静岡市指定の無形民俗文化財であり、古き歴史を有し、さらに特殊神事として今に伝承されている。豆まきを体験できるのはもちろんのこと、おにやら棒で戸板を叩き、市中より悪鬼を追いはらう特殊神事が体験できる。

Yuki Kishimoto
Writer