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Yorii Summer Festival | YORII
July 13, 2019 @ 16:00 - July 14, 2019 @ 17:00Free
Yorii Summer Festival, not to be confused with the much larger Tamayodo Suitenguusai Fireworks and Festival in August, is a mikoshi (portable shrine) festival. It attracts about 5000 local spectators. It is held annually in July. Generally it is held on the second Saturday and Sunday of the month. Like most festivals of its type, there is no entrance fee.
Mikoshi at the Yorii Summer Festival
A mikoshi is a type of palanquin or portable shrine. They weigh tons taking dozens of people to work together to lift and carry them through the streets. You bear the weight on one shoulder while lifting with your hands.
Bearers of the portable shrine generally wear a happi, hachimaki headband and tabi socks.
At the Yorii Summer Festival they have the regular mikoshi parade as well as a mikoshi carried by women only and one for children too. There are six mikoshi in total.
On the Saturday the festival starts from about 4 pm. On Sunday it starts and ends earlier; 12.30 to about 5 pm.
Yorii Summer Festival Access
The festival is held in the vicinity of the JR / Tobu Tojo / Chichibu railway’s Yorii Station.
By car it is 10 minutes from the Hanazono exit of the Kanetsu Expressway.
Map in the grey details box at the very bottom of the post.
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The excellent Museum of Rivers. Kids can enjoy an athletic park over the water. There is also an indoor museum with an amusement park type ride:
Hanazono Roadside Station with an outdoor playground and indoor play area in Fukaya:
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