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Ogose Festival | OGOSE
July 27, 2019 @ 15:00 – July 28, 2019 @ 21:00
Each year at the Ogose Festival, festival floats are pulled around the town playing Japanese traditional / local folk music. There are six floats from six districts in the area of Ogose.
2018 flyer, awaiting 2019 flyer (May 22nd 2019)
The Ogose festival is a perfect example of a local Japanese festival. Despite the grandeur of the floats, the festival is not that well known. Ogose town is quite insular and the majority of attendees at this festival are local.
Throughout the festival period there are traditional festival stalls selling festival food and offering festival games. The festival floats perform what is called hikkawase when they encounter each other as they travel around the town. Hikkawase is like a battle between the floats, the first of the performers to make a mistake loses that battle for their district’s float!
On Saturday the 27th the festival will commence from 5 pm. On Sunday the 28th the festival will start around 1 pm. There are a number of additional events planned for the Sunday, including a firework display from 7.10 pm for about half an hour.
Access Ogose Festival
The festival is held in the area around Tobu Ogose Line’s Ogose Station. See map in grey details box at the very bottom of the post.
Attractions in the Ogose area
There isn’t much in Ogose at this time of year (but in spring lots of seasonal attractions), except for You (or Yu) Park, which was quite dated until recently. They reopened You Park in April 2018 with a new bath and play area:
In February Ogose has a popular plum blossom event:
And in April / May you can see stunning azalea: