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CANCELLED Ogano Kabuki and Spring Festival in 2020
April 17 @ 00:00 - April 18 @ 23:59Free
Ogano Kabuki and Ogano Spring festival – Ogano is a very beautiful town in Chichibu district. Unlike many other city and towns that have their main festival in the summer, Ogano’s principal festival is the one they hold in spring. It is a festival rich in traditional performances and culture.
The festival is held on the third Friday and Saturday of April annually. This year, 2020, that is Friday April 17th and Saturday April 18th. However, due to the novel Coronavirus Outbreak – COVID19 – this event has been cancelled. Official notification of cancellation.
There are a number of features that make this festival special, not least of all the kabuki performances. Ogano Kabuki has received prefectural Registered Intangible Cultural Property and Registered Intangible Folk Cultural Asset designations.
Thanks to a very impressive and resilient community spirit Ogano Kabuki has been preserved through the hard work and dedication of its towns folk. Ogano kabuki is renowned for the efforts of the community to create all the costumes, props and acting within Ogano. You can see Ogano kabuki at this spring festival as well as seven other times a year on either the main stage in Ogano or on festival floats.
Ogano Spring Festival
The kabuki is carried out on the first day on a “yatai” type of float. However, this is not the only spectacular feature of this festival. You can also see Kagura, a type of theatrical dance sometimes referred to as a “Sword Dance”, although that doesn’t quite do it justice. Another traditional and majestic performance at the festival is that of horseback archery.
Ogano Kabuki / Spring Festival Access
The festival is quite tricky to access as the nearest station is at least a 20 minute drive away, by bus you would want to add another 10 minutes to that expected time. You can get a bus from Chichibu Railway Chichibu Station to the area and the shrine is an 8 minute walk from Ojika bus depot. See map in the grey details box at the bottom of the post.
Something else different in Ogano!
Midori no Mura park, where you can also stay if you are visiting the Ogano Spring festival.
Also in the area, the biker’s shrine and deer park…
Map and further contacts in the grey details box at the bottom of the post.
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