Chichibu Kawase Matsuri (float in river), Chichibu City, Saitama
19th - 20th July, 2016 | Chichibu City, Saitama Pref.
For more than 300 years, the townfolk of Chichibu, in the mountains of Saitama, have celebrated Kawase Matsuri. Inspired by the famous festival of Kyoto, it is also known as Chichibu's O-Gion. In fact, in the precincts of Chichibu Shrine is a small Yasaka Shrine associated with the main one in Kyoto, and the kami of both shrines are honored at this festival. Rites include an evening children's parade, a midnight drawing of sacred water from the river, and the next-day procession of magnificent floats bedecked with umbrellas of paper flowers. (*reference: JNTO) official website ›› http://navi.city.chichibu.lg.jp/festival/kawase/