The 46th annual Kasukabe Summer Festival is being held on July 14th and 15th 2018. The festival is noted for its Mikoshi
parades. A mikoshi
is a palanquin or portable shrine. There are 20 mikoshi
carried around the town during this festival. 260,000 people attend this popular festival in the home of Crayon Shinchan.
Image from the Kasukabe official tourist website
Kasukabe Summer Festival Times
On July 14th the festival starts in the late afternoon around 5.30 pm. It finishes around 9 pm.
On July 15th the festival is split into two. Part of it is in the morning (children’s mikoshi) around 10.30 am to midday, then it restarts in the evening from around 5.30 pm to 9 pm.
On the 14th the festival kicks off with some taiko drum performances and traditional Japanese dance such as Yosakoi. The mikoshi are paraded between 6 pm and 9 pm.
On the 15th the children’s portable shrine is paraded around in the morning on the West side of the station. There is dancing when the festival starts up again in the evening and more taiko drum performances. There are also festival floats. The mikoshi are once again paraded, by adults, between 6 and 9 pm.
**The featured image of Crayon Shinchan was used to represent Kasukabe, he may not be at the festival this year**
Access Kasukabe Summer Festival
1 minute on foot from Tobu Skytree and Urban Park Lines’ Kasukabe station. Map in the grey details box at the bottom of the post.
For more summer and other events in Saitama, please see the main event pages.