Kizuna Matsuri

 

Purpose

Moving forward with one spirit!
Creating a new Tohoku legacy through ‘the power of festivals’!
Tohoku Kizuna Festival Executive Committee
Chairman Hiroshi Kohata (Fukushima City Mayor)
In 2011, The Tohoku Rokkonsai (Six Festivals) event was held with the themes of reconstruction and comforting the souls of those who lost their lives in the disaster. The soul of that festival was carried forward in the following years by the Tohoku Kizuna Festival in Sendai, and Morioka.
8 years have passed since the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, the scenery has changed, and memories of the disaster have started to fade. However, the recovery of the Tohoku region continues. By combining our powers, we will continue walking this path to construct our future.
Next year, the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics will be held in Tokyo, and the attention of the world will also turn to Tohoku and Fukushima. In 2019, the Tohoku Kizuna Festival will be held in Fukushima City. As we walk this path of reconstruction, we will overcome the differences across the regions, ages, and cultures to bring the diverse hearts of Tohoku together as one. Through the power of festivals, Tohoku and Japan will join the hearts of the world, to create a new legacy for the Tohoku region.

 

Summary

Event Name
Tohoku Kizuna Festival 2019 Fukushima
Dates
June 1~2, 2019
Times
Saturday June 1, 2019 10:00 am ~ 5:00 pm (TBC). Note: A section of the festival may continue until 7:00 pm. Sunday June 2, 2019 10:00 am ~ 5:00 pm (TBC) Note: Parade times are yet to be finalized.
Venues
Fukushima City
– Parade Route (TBC): Route 4 (~1.1km)
– Main Venue (TBC): Fukushima City Hall Western Car Park
– Sub-Venues (TBC): JRA Fukushima Racecourse, Fukushima Fuzoku Primary School, Fukushima Daini Primary School, Shinhama Park.
Organizing Committee
Tohoku Kizuna Festival Executive Committee
Event Details
Tohoku Kizuna Festival Parade, Tohoku 6 Cities 6 Festivals Booths, Promotional Booths from 13 municipalities from across Fukushima Prefecture, Sport Demonstration Booths, Additional Events.
Expected Visitors
300,000 people (2 Days)
Paid Seating
June 1-2, 2019
Available from travel agents in early March, open to the public in early April.
Inquiries
Tohoku Kizuna Festival Executive Committee Office
■ Fukushima City Commerce, Tourism & Convention Promotion Office
TEL: 024-572-5718
FAX: 024-535-1401
■ Fukushima Chamber of Commerce, Business Promotion Dept., Regional Development Division
TEL: 024-572-7118
FAX: 024-525-3566
Official Homepage (Japanese): http://tohoku-kizunamatsuri.jp/
Facebook (Japanese): https://www.facebook.com/tohokukizunamatsuri/

 

Participating Festivals

Fukushima Waraji Matsuri
The Fukushima Waraji Matsuri has its roots in the 400- year old Akatsuri-mairi festival that has been held in Fukushima City since the Edo period. The Fukushima Waraji is carried through central Fukushima, and at 12m long it is the largest straw sandal in Japan.
2019 Festival Dates: August 2~3
2018 Attendance: 293,000 people (over 2 days)
Homepage: http://www.fmcnet.co.jp/waraji/

 

Sendai Tanabata Festival
The Sendai Tanabata Festival has continued since the days of Date Masamune, and is the largest festival for washi (Japanese paper). The splendid Tanabata decorations cover the whole city in a blanket of color.
2019 Festival Dates: August 6~8
2018 Attendance: 2,026,000 people (over 3 days)
Homepage: http://www.sendaitanabata.com/

 

Yamagata Hanagasa Festival
The Yamagata Hanagasa Festival brings the city to life with the shouts of “Yassho! Makasho!” by the elegant dancers. This is accompanied by the lively beat of the Hanagasa drums.
2019 Festival Dates: August 5~7
2018 Attendance: 970,000 people (over 3 days)
Homepage: http://www.mountain-j.com/hanagasa/

 

Morioka Sansa Odori Festival
The Morioka Sansa Odori has its roots in the local legend of Mitsuishi Shrine where an oni was removed from the area by the deity Mistuishi. The print of the oni’s hand on the rock as a promise to never cause trouble again is the source of the name of Iwate Prefecture (iwa + te = rock + hand). This festival also holds the Guinness World Record for largest concurrent performance of Japanese drums.
2019 Festival Dates: August 1~4
2018 Attendance: 1,330,000 people (over 4 days)
Homepage: http://www.sansaodori.jp/

 

Akita Kanto Festival
The Akita Kanto Festival has been held since the 1750s to clear away the mid-summer diseases, illnesses, and drowsiness. The highlight of the festival is the exquisite skill of performers with their long bamboo ‘Kanto’ poles that are 12m long and weigh about 50kg.
2019 Festival Dates: August 3~6
2018 Attendance: 1,300,000 (over 4 days)
Homepage: http://www.kantou.gr.jp/index.htm

 

Aomori Nebuta Matsuri
The massive and impressive lanterns of the Aomori Nebuta Festival have their origins in the lanterns from the Tanabata festival. 22 groups dressed in traditional ‘haneto’ form an impressive parade of large scale floats accompanied by traditional music.
2019 Festival Dates: August 2~7
2018 Attendance: 2,800,000 people (over 6 days)
Homepage: https://www.nebuta.or.jp/