Yamagata Hanagasa Matsuri

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Yamagata Hanagasa Matsuri
Hanagasa is the word for 'flower hat' in Japanese. At the Yamagata Hanagasa festival, over 10,000 dancers with beautiful traditional straw hats decorated with the prefecture's blossom, the safflower, take to the main street street for three days of intricately costumed parade. The procession is led daily by a series of floats that are sumptuously decorated, with dancers and musicians trailing behind, shouting 'Yassho! Makkasho!' Dances alternate between graceful, precisely choreographed works, and more modern, eclectic performances. Each individual dance troupe has up to 100 members.
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29 reviews
Very good

Guan T
Singapore, Singapore527 contributions
Impressive dance festival
Aug 2018 • Solo
This is one of the better festival in Tohoku.
There is only one song for this festival "Hanagasa Ondo" and every one dance with this song. This is a well known song for Japanese!

There were about 70 groups participated in the parade and seems all have trained well before going to the parade. The great Japanese spirit was there: Whatever they do, they do it well!

The parade was not as crowded like the Nebuta Festival in Aomori. Yamagata is a bit off the tourist path and I did not see many foreign tourist there.

Go to the starting point earlier and you should be able to get a good spot without much difficulty!

If you are coming from Akita after the Kanto Festival, this should be the next festival for you.
Written August 26, 2018
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