The Hachinohe Sansha Taisai festival, which is held for five days, from July 31 to August 4th annually, takes place in Hachinohe-shi of Aomori prefecture. The festival with a proud history and tradition of approximately 290 years is the biggest festival in Hachinohe region. Over 20 floats are beautifully lit up and displayed in the city center on the eve of the first day andon the night following the festival finale, where you can enjoy the festive collaboration of the floats and the traditional bands. Floats are made with the themes based on myths, legends, and Kabuki, and are created by each Dashigumi, the float team.
The festivals are for offering thanks and prayers to the deities for the good harvest, and with the Hachinohe Sansha Matsuri festival, you can feel that tradition with the "Otori" on August 1st, and "Okaeri" on August 3rd. You can enjoy a wide variety of parades including, mikoshi parades from Ogami Shrine, Shinra Shrine, and Shinmei Shrine, as well as the "Chigo (kids dressed in traditional costumes) parades", "Musha (warriors) parades", "Kagura (Shinto dance and music offered to the deities)" and ”Tora mai (tiger dance)” which you can see before and after the parades of over 20 floats. Floats can be as big as 8m-wide, 11m-deep, and 10m-tall, and some are equipped with the mechanisms to extend their widths along with the widths of the roads, and some with the figures of the main character going up and down the float, and they give very strong impact to those watching them.
There is no mikoshi parades held by shrines on the midday on August 2nd, but there are float parades on the evening where you can enjoy the festive collaboration of floats and the music played by the float teams while taking closer look at them. In addition, on the midday, traditional sport event called Kagami-ryu Kiba Dakyu, which is an ancient form of Japanese polo played by people in the traditional hunting costumes at Chojasan Shinra Shrine.
The Hachinohe Sansha Taisai festival