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Toyohashi-City Toyohashi Oni Festival

Date : 02/10/2018, 02/11/2018


  • Toyohashi Oni Festival
  • Toyohashi Oni Festival
  • Toyohashi Oni Festival

A town turned pure white by the whitish flour a repentant red ogre scattered

The Oni Festival is an exotic festival mixing legendary tales with Shinto elements for its background, and is held every year on February 10 and 11 at Akumi Kambe Shimmeisha Shrine in Toyohashi City. For a long time, it has also been the event that announces the coming of spring to the inhabitants of East Mikawa Region. It is now appointed as an Important National Intangible Folk Culture Heritage of the country.

Toyohashi Oni Festival

The climax of the festival is part entitled "The Teasing of the 'Aka-Oni' Red Ogre and 'Tengu' Goblin", in which a long-nosed Tengu drives away a raging Aka-Oni that was found wrecking havoc in the village. Aka-Oni challenges Tengu three times, but he is no match and, having prepared white flour and candies as anticipation on the defeat, Aka-Oni leaps out of the shrine accompanied by young men and other participants, and they all run around the town scattering candies and white flour, turn all the surroundings, town and townsfolk alike, to pure white. Eating the candy and getting coated in the flour is said to ward off evil and prevent the summer diseases.

EVENT OVERVIEW

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Date : Annually on February 10th and 11th
February 10th (Saturday) and 11th (Sunday), 2018
Place : Akumi Kambe Shimmeisha Shrine
Location : 〒440-0806
3-17 Hatcho-dori, Toyohashi-city, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
(Akumi Kambe Shimmeisha Shrine)
Fee : Free
Parking : None
Phone number : 0532-51-2430 (Toyohashi City Tourism Promotion)
0532-52-5257 (Akumi Kambe Shimmeisha Shrine)

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ACCESS

  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    From Toyohashi Station (reachable from Nagoya Station using either JR Tokaido Main Line or Meitetsu Nagoya Line, or the JR Tokaido Shinkansen), take the Toyotetsu City Line tram from Ekimae Station and alight at either Shiyakusho-Mae or Toyohashikoen-mae stations. Walk 3min northwards.
  • Access by car
    Access by car
    From Otowa-Gamagori I.C. of the Tomei Expressway, turn left to enter Route 1 and head southeastwards for 14.4km. At the Nishihatcho intersection with Route 23, turn left and, after 650m, turn left again.

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