Toei-Town Hana Festival (Toei-Town, Nakazaike)
Date : 12/08/2019
The only Hana Festival whose traditional history is known
Held annually from November to March at several locations in the Okumikawa area, the Hana Festivals are an ancient tradition of over 700 years that have been appointed as Important National Intangible National Folkloric Heritages. Among them, the Nakazaike event is known for being transmitted down from the Ashikome Hamlet and unique in that it is the only one whose initial roots are clearly understood. As the number of residents have been historically low, these townsfolk use the help pf the neighboring communities to carry it on. Two of the main points to look for are the "Sakaki-Oni" (Saruta-Hiko-no-Kami) demon and the "Yubayashi" (Dance of the Hot Water).