The annual summertime Iwatsuki Festival is actually scheduled for this year. However, this year (2022), they will host it in September rather than its usual August. Furthermore, it will be on a smaller scale than usual.
Iwatsuki festival is one of dozens of summer festivals held in Saitama City each year. However, since the pandemic, many of the festivals have not gone ahead. In 2022, more than usual were scheduled, but still not even a tenth of the usual summer celebrations in Saitama’s capital city. Thankfully, the Iwatsuki Festival is scheduled to go ahead, but they will not be disseminating information like they usually do. They have, just this week, finally updated the official website, but they said flyers will only be available in select locations. However, if you are local to Iwatsuki, they will be distributing the flyers to elementary school students to bring home!
Jumbo Human Dolls Display!
A highlight of this festival is a jumbo hina doll stage, with humans dressed up as the dolls! Considering how this festival is usually held in the middle of August, huge kudos to the people who dress up in these elaborate costumes. It must be so incredibly hot to sit outdoors in kimono. I hope for their sake, this year will be a lot cooler.
The festival is from 3 to 8 pm on Sunday September 18th, but that morning there will be a couple of events around the town. Such as, a charity bazaar. Just before the opening ceremony at 3 pm, there are some elementary school kid’s performances scheduled. After the opening ceremony there will be music and dance performances.
In a normal year, festival booths line the streets, but currently I don’t see any mention of that. There will be a Boy Scouts booth from 3 to 5 pm. There will also be Yosakoi: between 3.30 and 4.30 pm and again between 5.45 pm and 7 pm. Lanterns will light the street for the duration of the festival.
Date: Sunday September 18th
Time: from 3 to 8 pm
Where: around Iwatsuki station and the Iwatsuki Ningyo (Dolls’) Museum in Saitama City. The latter, the Iwatsuki Ningyo Museum’s car park is the main festival area. Iwatsuki Ningyo Museum, さいたま市岩槻人形博物館, 6 Chome-1-1 Honcho, Iwatsuki Ward, Saitama, 339-0057. View on Google Maps.
The festival can be accessed from the east exit of the Iwatsuki Station on the Tobu Urban Park line.
The featured image was taken from STIB (the Saitama Tourism and International Relations Bureau)
It is not the only summer festival to be on in Autumn this year. Ranzan Summer Festival will be held in October in 2022!