Kasukabe Summer Festival 2024

The Kasukabe Summer Festival was on in 2023 for the first time in four years. They cancelled it between 2020 and 2022 due to the pandemic. It is also on in 2024 and is back to ‘normal’!

Kasukabe Summer Festival

Kasukabe; a real life city famous for its fictional character Crayon Shinchan. Each year on the Saturday and Sunday closest to July 13th they have a lively two day summer festival. This year the 13th is a Saturday, so the festival is on the 13th and 14th. Even though the 48th, 49th and 50th festival did not go ahead, they are calling this the 52nd annual Kasukabe Summer Festival! The festival is noted for its Mikoshi parades. A mikoshi is a palanquin or portable shrine. There are 20 mikoshi carried around the town during this festival. Thousands of people attend this popular festival in the home of Crayon Shinchan annually.

On the Saturday the festival starts late in the afternoon, around 5.30 pm. It finishes around 9 pm. The festival usually kicks off with some taiko drum performances and traditional Yosakoi and other traditional dance. In addition, they parade the mikoshi (portable shrines) from around 6 pm.

On the Sunday, the festival is split into two. Part of it is in the morning (children’s mikoshi) around 11 am to midday, then it restarts in the evening from around 5 pm to 9 pm. The children carry the portable shrine around on the West side of the station. In addition, there is dancing when the festival starts up again in the evening and more taiko drum performances. There are also festival floats. Moreover, the mikoshi are once again paraded, by adults, between 6 and 9 pm.

>>Last year the Yattari Odori was also on the same weekend in Kasukabe.

Information

Event: Kasukabe Summer Festival 2024 第52回春日部夏まつり

Dates: Saturday July 13th and Sunday July 14th 2024

Time: from 5. 30 pm on Saturday, from 11 am on the Sunday (See above for more detail)

Cost: there is no admission fee.

Venue: around Kasukabe Station, 1 Chome-10-1 Kasukabe, Saitama 344-0061. View on Google Maps.

Access

They advise to come to this (and most) festival(s) by public transport, bicycle or on foot. The festival area is just an one minute walk from Tobu Skytree and Urban Park Lines’ Kasukabe station.

Official event web page.

For more summer and other events in Saitama, please see the main event category.

Editor’s note: I temporarily removed this post from the site during the pandemic. 20180711

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