August 1, 2017
Hachinohe City, Aomori Prefecture
Boasting a history of over 290 years, the Hachinohe Sansha Taisai has been designated as a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property, and the last year, listed as UNESCO'S intangible cultural heritage together with other 32 float festivals in Japan.
The most notable highlight is the procession of mikoshi (portable shrines) from Ogami Shrine, Chojasan Shinra Shrine and Shinmei-gu Shrine, as well as the parade of floats (sansha) featuring subjects such as mythological figures and kabuki characters. As the floats which can reach heights of 10m and widths of 8m pass by, spectators often shout with joy. The night time parade of illuminated floats seems to hover in the night air and creates a fantastical atmosphere that provides a completely different way to enjoy the festivities.
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