Wakaba Festival (Unagoji Festival)
Date : 04/04/2020, 04/05/2020
The 2020 Wakaba Festival has been cancelled
This is a very unique, if not amusing, festival. Five exuberant floats are pushed from Tenno Shrine to Ushikubo Hachimansha Shrine, having as background the sound of flutes and drums, and escorted by "Sasa" dancers who, following certain patterns of the music, drop to the ground and stay motionless until the "Toshigyoji" helper wakes them up. The similarity of the lying dancers to a bunch of maggots on the street has earned the festival its nickname of "Unagoji Matsuri," literally "Maggots Festival"!