Hirokoji Summer Festival 2019 – a Genuine Japanese Summer Festival in Aichi



Hirokoji Summer Festival is one of the biggest summer festivals in Nagoya, Aichi prefecture. Nagoya is in the center of Japan and is the third largest city in Japan. Many foreigners come to Nagoya every year. If you are in Nagoya in the middle of August, Hirokoji Summer Festival is the event you cannot miss! Summer festivals called Natsu matsuri or Bon Matsuri takes place everywhere in Japan. This is one of the most important events in the country. Usually, local people gather in to enjoy Bon dance and fireworks in summer. I am sure you will make a wonderful memory by seeing and experiencing the unique Japanese culture at Hirokoji Summer Festival.

The Origin of Hirokoji Summer Festival

The origin of Hirokoji Summer Festival is not clear. However, people say that the festival originated from a religious event in Asahi shrine in Nagoya. The current style of the festival began after the Second World War.

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What Happens at the Festival?

On the festival days, Hirokoji Street turns into a pedestrian precinct. You will notice various parades by different groups including music bands, people carrying portable shrines (mikoshi) on their shoulders, and staffs of foremost department stores. Also, I suggest you see Awa dance, Japanese traditional dance originated in Tokushima and Eisa dance, a traditional dance of Okinawa. All the dancers wear yukata, Japanese summer kimono, and special Eisa clothes.

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Main Performances of Hirokoji Summer Festival

In 2018, Hirokoji Summer Festival took place on the 18th and 19th of August. Here are some of the main performances which attracted many people. Most of the traditional performances will surely take place at future festivals as well.

In front of NTT data building in Fushimi, you could witness street dance and taiko performances. The Japanese drum performances also attracted many people including foreign visitors in front of Nagoya Hirokoji Building and Asahi Shrine.

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In front of Mitsubishi UFJ Bank, you could see Yosakoi dance performance. This is another type of Japanese dance that originated in Kochi. Awa dance and Japanese folk songs were performed on both days from 6 pm to 9 pm. This is a good chance for people who want to see various type of Japanese traditional dances and songs.

The stage in front of Tsuboi Kaen was the best place to enjoy traditional Japanese dances from various places in Japan. Traditional dances from Toyama, Aomori, and Yamagata were performed by wearing the special clothes and yukata from 6 pm to 9 pm on both dates. In addition, guests could enjoy listening to syamisen, a three-stringed Japanese banjo.

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Hirokoji Summer festival provides good chances for school bands to show their performances. In the day time on both days, many school bands showed their performances in Sakae Hiroba.

Besides, there is another activity for children to enjoy. At the Electricity Museum in Nagoya, you can make mysterious glasses which are very popular among families with small children.

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Details and Access

Dates: August 17th, 18th, 2019 (estimated). The third Saturday and Sunday of August every year.

Place: Hirokoji Street in Naka-ku, Nagoya (between Sakae and Fushimi)

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Address: Hirokoji Street, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi prefecture.

Access: Get off at Sakae or Fushimi station on Higashiyama underground line.

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Closing Remarks

Hirokoji Summer Festival is a great opportunity to feel the atmosphere of the Japanese Summer Festival where you can experience Japanese traditional summer dance. What is special about Hirokoji Summer Festival is that you can enjoy performances from various places across Japan. This is a great opportunity if you want to see Japanese culture and tradition as if you go to a smaller local summer festival. Therefore, if you will be in Nagoya in the middle of August and willing to experience Japanese unique culture and traditions, Hirokoji Summer Festival is the event you cannot miss!

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