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Hagi Jidai Festival in Yamaguchi – Experience as if You Were in Edo Period

Sodanetikuwa

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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.

The Origin of the Festival

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.

The Unique Goods

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.

Join the Parade

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.

Festival Food

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.

Details and Access

Dates: November 11th. *Held annually on the 11th of November

Brief Schedule:

November 11th
8:00-12:00 “Hiyakosonaegumi(平安古備組)”parade
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

Access

For Central Park

Train

From JR Sanyou Shinkansen line Shinyamaguchi station 70 min.

Bus

From Ogorihagi line Edou IC 20 min.

Car

From Hagi bus center bus stop 10 min. walk.Parking lots are available.

Closing Remarks

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.

The local guides are here to help! If you need any help and would like a local guide to tell you more about Hagi Jidai Festival or even more, please check the banner below! It is always better to know someone local on such a great and exciting event as Hagi Jidai Festival.

All images are courtesy of Yamaguchi Prefectural Tourism Federation

Would You Like to Know How to Enjoy a Japanese Festival Even More?

A lot of people when they get to a Matsuri for the first time feel a bit lost. They confuse about what is happening around. If you are new to Japanese Festivals or want to know an alternative way of how you can enjoy these events, the following article will provide you with a set of helpful tips on how to choose a proper festival and activities you should try there. Please don`t hesitate to take a look at it!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/5363/

Did You Know That There is a Festival Every Day Somewhere in Japan?

Japan is a country of festivals indeed. Matsuri is an essential part of traditional Japanese culture. Thus, every day somewhere in Japan a festival takes place. There are traditional and modern festivals, on the sea and on the ground, in summer and winter. Japanese are hardworking people. However, when you attend at least one festival in Japan, you will understand how locals like to party. The article under the link below will introduce you to a celebration on any day of the year. I am sure you will find an event that suits your interests utmost!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/6572/

Do You Like Fireworks Festivals?

Hope you enjoyed reading this article and it made you want to visit the Asia Port Fireworks Festival! However, there are a lot of fireworks festivals and events in summer, as fireworks festivals are one of the traditional events in Japan. Put on your Yukata and getas, meet your friends and enjoy a beautiful night sky lit up with thousands of colorful fireworks!
If you are planning to visit Japan to see fireworks, the following article picked the top 11 best fireworks (or Hanabi) festivals for you!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/4269/

Sodanetikuwa

I am a university student now. I like communicating with foreigners. My hobby is to watch a movie.

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