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CANCELLED Ogano Kabuki and Spring Festival in 2020

April 17 @ 00:00 - April 18 @ 23:59

Free
Ogano spring festival kabuki

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.

Ogano kabuki
From the offical Ogano Kabuki website

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.

Ogano Kabuki

Ogano kabuki on yatai
Image from the official site

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

Ogano spring festival
From official Ogano tourism website

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 spring festival
From the official Ogano tourism website

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.

Midori No Mura: Remote Retreat, Park and Log cabins

 

 

Also in the area, the biker’s shrine and deer park

Ogano Deer Park and Biker’s shrine

Official website. 

Map and further contacts in the grey details box at the bottom of the post. 

For more events in Saitama please see the Saitama events calendar.

Venue

Ojika Shrine
1432 Ogano,
Chichibu District,, Saitama Prefecture 368-0105 Japan
+ Google Map
Phone:
0494-75-2437
Website:
https://www.saitama-jinjacho.or.jp/shrine/8990/

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