[Summary] Yamagata Summer Festivals! All the festivals in 2022
Yamagata Prefecture is having a hot summer again this year. Summer festivals are held in various places in August.
For the first time in three years, there are many places where the festivals will be held in a form closer to normal, and I think there are many people who are looking forward to it.
We will introduce hot summer festivals in Yamagata Prefecture by region, from traditional festivals that have been around for a long time to newly started ones.
・The 60th Yamagata Hanagasa Festival
Yamagata’s famous flower hat dance parade is back after threee years off.
The venue will be returned to Yamagata City Center area of Tokamachi, Honcho, Nanokamachi and ending at the Bunshokan (old prefectural office) for the first time in three years.
Dancers in splendid costumes dance passionately with the chants of “Yassho Makasho”.
The hanagasa dance includes the Hanagasa Odori-Kunpu Mogami River (commonly known as the women’ dance) and the Zao Gyoukou (commonly known as the men’s dance), as well as the Obanazawa-style exhilarating hat-spinning style hanagasa dance and the creative dance. It is also a real pleasure to be able to see various dances such as Hanagasa Odori!
One of the highlights is that the design of the hanagasa differs depending on the dance.
Please enjoy the Hanagasa dance of Yamagata.
*There will be no walk-in dancing section in 2022.
August 5 (Fri.), 6 (Sat.), 7 (Sun.), 2022
※ held in case of rain
*Traffic restrictions: 17:50~22:00 (Some sections start at 17:00)
Yamagata City Center Main Street (Tokamachi/Honcho/Nanokamachi) ending at the Bunshokan (old prefectural office)
Manami Hashimoto [Group 2]
Fumio Otsuka [Group 3]
Ayano Kudo [Group 4]
Eri Watanabe [Group 3]
Fumio Otsuka [Group 4]
Tetsu and Tomo [Group 5]
Fumio Otsuka [Group 2]
Saya Asakura [Group 3]
Mogamigawa Tsukasa [Group 5]
・Tendo Summer Festival 2022
The 2022 edition of the Tendo Summer Festival will be held in one day instead of the usual two days.
At the festival, approximately 800 dancers, including the marching band, the Tendo Koma Odori Parade, the Hanagasa Odori Parade, and the Hon-Mikoshi Togyo, dance magnificently along the roadside.
Please enjoy the hot summer of Tendo.
August 8 (Mon.), 2022
About 600 m from Fuji-no-Yu to Wakuwaku Land West
・Tendo Hanakoma Odori Parade
・Hanagasa Odori Parade
Instead of opening stalls on sidewalks, etc., a stall area will be established.
・Obanazawa Hanagasa Festival 2022
The Obanazawa Hanagasa Festival is held in the birthplace of Hanagasa Odori.
Obanazawa’s hanagasa dance is a dynamic dance in which the hat is turned while moving forward.
On the 27 (Sat.), the day before the Hanagasa Parade, the Suwa Shrine Reitaisai (Reitaisai) is held, in which a traditional procession of portable shrines and musical accompaniment floats parades.
Enjoy the authentic Obanazawa Hanagasa Festival.
August 27 (Sat.) [Suwa Shrine Annual Festival] & 28 (Sun.) [Hanagasa Odori Grand Parade]
Hanagasa Dance Parade on August 28 (Sun.)
Prefectural Road 120 Around Chuo Parking Lot
1 seat: 500 yen
Application & Inquiry:
Obanazawa Tourism & Local Products Association
・The 52nd Higashine Festival
The 2022 edition of the Higashine Festival will be held on a smaller scale.
In place of the Tanabata Lantern Procession and carrying mikoshi, a special display of Dengaku lanterns and a panel display of the mikoshi of each mikoshi group will be held.
Please take a look at the hot dance at the Dance Competition by dance groups inside and outside the city.
August 10 (Wed.) and 11 (Thu.), 2022
Around Higashine City Hall
Date: August 11 (Thu.)
Venue: Around Higashine City Hall
Tanabata Lantern Special Exhibition
Period: August 10 (Wed.), 11 (Thu.)
Venue: Higashine Community Center around Higashine City Hall
Clash! Mikoshi and Panel Display
Period : August 4 (Thu.) to 11 (Thu.)
Venue: Higashine City Hall 1F Lobby Manabia Terrace Aeon Higashine
Takeout food stalls
Period: August 10 (Wed.), 11 (Thu.)
Venue: Higashine City Hall premises
・Murayama Tokunai Festival 2022
At the Murayama Tokunai Festival, the dancers perform powerful, heroic and splendid dances to the lively music passed down from Akkeshi, Hokkaido.
In 2022, which will be held for the first time in three years, the scale will be reduced.
In addition, the Tateoka shopping street has become a pedestrian zone and is lined with stalls.
August 19 (Fri.) to 21 (Sun.), 2022
August 19 (Fri.)
The evening festival will not be held. Only the dedication performance will be performed.
August 20 (Sat.)
16:00~21:00: Local Market (Shoyo Plaza)
16:00~21:00: Large stall market (Tateoka shopping street)
17:20~17:50: Kyoko Kitami Show (Fureai Hiroba)
18:00~21:00: Tokunai Bayashi Co-starring (Fureai Street)
August 21 (Sun.)
14:00~19:30: Local Market (Shoyo Plaza)
14:00~19:30: Large stall market (Tateoka shopping street)
16:00~19:00: Tokunai Bayashi co-starring Aoi Mutsukai Mikoshi (Fureai Street)
With a history of more than 260 years, the attraction of the Shinjo Festival is its gorgeous float procession, the sound of the musical accompaniment, and the local people’s passion for the festival that has been passed down from generation to generation.
It is like a historical picture scroll reminiscent of the feudal era, such as the floats that express various scenes from kabuki and stories, the traditional mikoshi procession, and the elegant Hagino deer dance and Nitayama deer dance performed at the Shinjo castle ruins.
The hot summer in Yamagata ends with the Shinjo Festival, and the season changes to autumn.
August 24 (Wed.), 2022: Evening festival
August 25 (Thu.): Main festival
August 26 (Fri.): Later festival
*The time schedule is currently being confirmed and will be added as soon as it is known.
Shinjo Festival Float Theme List
The Mamurogawa Festival will be held for the first time in three years.
The Mamurogawa Ondo parade will go through the town with live performances of the Mamurogawa Ondo, and the majestic portable shrine parade at Yamagami Shrine.
Concerts by elementary and junior high school students will add to the excitement of the festival.
The finale of the festival is the fireworks display.
There will be no reserved seat system this year, so please enjoy yourselves while taking measures against COVID-19.
August 17 (Wed.), 2022
Ekimae-dori & Mamurogawa riverbed
・Yamagami Shrine Mikoshi Togyo
・Mamurogawa Ondo Parade
・The 69th Mamurogawa Festival Fireworks Display
・The 1st Shonai Kiryu Festival
Shonai Town was born in 2005 from the merger of the former towns of Amarume and Tachikawa.
A new festival will be held to pray for a bountiful harvest and the development of the town based on the concepts of the two towns’ legends related to dragons, the Hiryu Densetsu of the former Amarume Town and the Ryujin Faith of the former Tachikawa Town.
The highlight is that two dragons, Hiryu and Himeryu, have souls and awaken their eyes! In addition to a soul-instilling ceremony, a performance of Amarume Hiryu Taiko drums, and a dragon-carrying experience by elementary and junior high school students, the finale is a dragon dance performed by a 40m-long flying dragon and a 30m-long princess dragon.
The festival will also be livened up by food stalls and food trucks that bring together delicious food from Yamagata and Shonai.
Please enjoy the first Shonai Kiryu Festival with your family and friends.
August 11, 2022 (Thu.)
(Traffic restrictions hours: 16:00-22:00)
Shonai Town Gallery Onsen Yumachi
*About 5 minutes on foot from JRAmarume Station
15:00~ Food & shop stalls area opening
19:00~ Dance performance
・The 40th Fujishima Summer Festival
Fujishima has been called “Shishigo” since ancient times, and many lion dances and kagura have been handed down from generation to generation.
It is a festival where the traditional performing arts come together.
Also, at the 2nd “Fuji Rock Festival”, vocalists in their teens to 50s who have applied in advance using karaoke will be scored and scored to determine the Utauma No. 1
There are shops, festival stalls, and Bon Odori dances, so everyone from children to adults can enjoy it.
August 7 (Sun.), 2022
*Cancelled in case of rain
Open space at the Fujishima gymnasium, Tsuruoka City
・Fun events for children
・Bon Odori dance
・Yakiniku Festival at home
・The 21st Tsuruoka Traditional Performing Arts Festival
・Sakata Summer Fair Festival (Former Sakata Port Festival/Jinku Nagashi)
The former Sakata Port Festival has been renamed to the Sakata Summer Fair Festival, and has been reborn as a two-day event.
During the festival, stage events, festival food stalls, and a Sakata Jinku dance parade are held.
Please enjoy it.
August 10 (Wed.) and 11 (Thu.), 2022
Odori, Nakadori & Chuo Park in Sakata City
August 10 (Wed.)
・Ennichi stalls (opening stalls on Nakadori)
・Stage event at Chuo Park and Odori Green Space
August 11 (Thu.)
・Sakata Jinku dance parade
・Stage event at Chuo Park
・The 27th Nagaimizu Festival [Cancelled]
Cancelled due to heay rainfall
This is an event with the theme of “water” held in the Water Town Nagai.
Activity corners and events to get close to water are held, and fireworks are displayed as the finale.
Please enjoy the summer in Nagai with your family and friends.
August 6 (Sat.), 2022
Mogami River Kasenryokuchi Park (Funba)
・Kawatopia’ 2022 in Nagai Panel Exhibition
・Waterworks and Sewerage Exhibition in Water Festival
・Kawanishi Summer Festival
Cancelled due to heavy rainfall
The Kawanishi Summer Festival will be held for the first time in three years.
In addition to stage events and market stalls, there will be fireworks at the finale.
Please enjoy summer memories with your family and friends.
August 11, 2022 (Thu.)
Around Kawanishi Town Office, Kawanishi Town Friendly Plaza, JA Yamagata Okitama main branch