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Hagi Jidai Festival is an exciting event in Yamaguchi prefecture. At this festival, you can enjoy seeing a great parade from the Edo Period. In addition, you can join it if you apply in advance. The parade consists of people who wear classic clothes and have a lot of classic goods. So, you can feel as if you were transferred through time. In this article, I am going to tell you about the history of Hagi Jidai Festival and what you should do in order to blend with the surroundings.
Hagi Jidai Festival started in Edo Period (about 400 years ago). In fact, in the picture, “Yaehagimeisyozue”( 八江萩名所図絵) written in the Edo Period, you can see a lot of people walking in the parade procession. At this festival, people devoted their dance to the God of “Kanaya Tenmangu” Shrine. So, it is said that this festival took place because people wanted to express their appreciation to the God.
In Hagi Jidai Festival, you can notice the people carrying “Keyari” and “Hasamibako”. Keyari is a kind of long spear. Its head is covered with a feather, so it is very beautiful. People throw it to each other to make the parade more powerful.
Hasamubako is a big box. People used to store their clothes in it. It is so heavy that two people carry one box with wooden bars.
Another unique good is “Zouri”. Zouri is shoe made of wheat, but people at the parade dance with zouri in their hands.
By October, you can apply to participate in this festival. Applicants have to be 150-180 cm tall and pay 2000 Yen. Some people say that it is expensive, but you can wear an armor like a samurai warrior if you apply. It is such a rare opportunity that you should not miss it.
In Yamaguchi, there are many delicious foods. Among them, especially blowfish and Kawara-Soba are very popular. For foreigners, it seems to be dangerous to eat blowfish because it has poison. Thanks to the experts who have special licenses to cook this fish, you can eat it safely. And I’m sure that you will love Blowfish.
If you don’t have the courage to eat blowfish, you should eat cheesecake made of Hagi oranges. It is so cold that you can feel as if you are eating an ice cream. Cake usually tastes sweet and sour. So, you can enjoy a new flavor.
Dates: November 11th. *Held annually on the 11th of November
12:00-16:00 “Huruhagityou Daimyo(古萩町大名)” parade
16:30 Festival finish
Place: In and around Central Park, Hagi Castle, and other places in Hagi city
International Reception and Info: Hagi Jidai Festival pamphlet available in Japanese and English.
Home Page (Japanese Only): http://www.oidemase.or.jp/tourism-information/spots/14309
Address: Hagi Central Park. 593 Emukai, Hagi, Yamaguchi
From JR Sanyou Shinkansen line Shinyamaguchi station 70 min.
From Ogorihagi line Edou IC 20 min.
From Hagi bus center bus stop 10 min. walk.Parking lots are available.
Hagi city is one of the oldest cities in Japan. Of course, foreigners who like Japanese history fall in love with this festival. Even though you are not interested in history, you will love it through communication with Japanese people there. Don’t miss the chance to visit this outstanding event.
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All images are courtesy of Yamaguchi Prefectural Tourism Federation
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