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New Year Firefighters Event Dezome Kumagaya in 2020

January 6 @ 12:30 - 15:00


New Year Event Dezome Kumagaya – One of the many New Year traditions in Japan. This one involves a ceremony of firefighters with an entertaining show that they put on to entertain the audience and simultaneously raise safety awareness.

Contrary to what one might expect, the event is quite exhilarating, particularly the part where  the firefighters perform almost acrobatic type balancing tricks on wooden ladders.

New Year event dezome Kumagaya

From the official site

The blessing takes place in Takashiro shrine (map in grey details box below) and the event takes place around that area and the station area. Dezome Kumagaya is held annually on the 6th of January regardless of what day of the week it is. (True to the best of my knowledge when this post was first written in 2017. Please check on the official website in the grey details box at the bottom of the post for any updates).

For more New Year events including more locations with dezome celebrations in Saitama please see the Saitama Events Calendar.

Access Dezome Kumagaya at Takashiro Shrine

Close to Kumagaya Station on the Takasaki and Joetsu bullet train lines. Kami Kumagaya on the Chichibu Railway line is also relatively close; it is about a 12 minute walk to the shrine from this station.

Map in the grey details box at the bottom of the post.

Official website

For more New Year and seasonal events in Saitama, please see the events calendar.


January 6
12:30 - 15:00
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Takashiro Shrine
2 Chome-93 Miyacho
Kumagaya, Saitama 360-0041 Japan
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