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Gun Festival of Ogano
December 7 - December 8Free
Ogano Gun Festival – Amidst all the culturally appropriated Christmas events of December is this unique and traditional gun festival in Ogano, Chichibu. Known unofficially as the “finale of the Chichibu festival” the event is held annually on the second Sunday of December and the previous Saturday.
It is always the second Sunday of December, but not necessarily the second Saturday of December as this year proves. The dates for 2019 are Sunday December 8th and Saturday December 7th. The latter is the first Saturday of the month.
From Chichibu Omotenashi website
…The highlight is the Shinto ritual called Otachi in which a sacred horse charges up stone steps amid gunsmoke and gunshot ringing in the air. The festival is richly complemented by the traditional flower parasol float procession to sacred music and a kabuki performance dedicated to the gods…
Source: Chichibu Area Tourism Organisation Website
The event is held in the Hachiman Shrine in Iida, Ogano in the Chichibu district.
The above image and the featured image at the very top of the post and in thumbnails is from Ogano town’s official website: https://www.town.ogano.lg.jp/kanko-bunka-sports/ogano-festival/december-fes/
The festival starts around 2 pm on the Saturday, this year the 7th of December. The last event of the day, a very special traditional performance, is scheduled to start at 8 pm. There is no indication as to what time it will be over.
The second day of the festival, December 8th 2019, starts from 10 am with the last performance from 7.30 pm.
The full schedule in Japanese is usually released on the Ogano tourism website, but it has not yet been released for 2019 yet (November 19th 2019).
Access Ogano Gun Festival
Get a bus from Seibu Chichibu station to Kurio Bus Stop (linked to map) . The shrine is a ten minute walk from the station. Larger map in the grey details box at the bottom of the post.
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