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Morioka Sansa Odori Festival

(Japanese translation below)

Morioka Sansa Odori Festival was held in Morioka city from August 1 to August 4 for four days. The Sansa Odori Festival began in 1977. This was its 41st year. The festival is also known as “The World’s Largest Drum Parade.” The entire city changes into a festive atmosphere during the festival. Both adults and children can enjoy it.

About 250 groups for a total of 35,000 people took part in this festival for four days. The festival paraded many groups such as Miss Sansa Odori Dancers and the Sansa Taiko group. The Sansa Odori, floats made of flowers and citizen groups livened up the festival. After the parade, there were Circle Dances held at seven locations in the venue and anyone could participate freely. The dance groups following one after another on Morioka Main Street were impressive.

On June 10, 2007, the people of Morioka attempted the world record for continuous performance of Japanese drums at the Morioka Racecourse (ORO Park) and it was officially recognized in the Guinness book of World Records as the largest in the world. The reverberant drumming sounds and dancing under the night sky on the 1 km route of Morioka’s main street was the best part of the festival.

In the Tohoku region The Tohoku Rokkon Festival was held from a few years ago. The Tohoku Rokkon Festival was to put together by combining local summer festivals from all six Tohoku prefectures (Aomori Nebuta, Akita Kanto, Morioka Sansa Odori, Yamagata Hanagasa, Sendai Tanabata, and Fukusima Waraji) and reintegrated them into one big event. The Tohoku Rokkon Festival is held on a rotating basis in each prefecture of the Tohoku region every year. This year, both The Tohoku Rokkon Festival and Morioka Sansa Odori Festival were held in Morioka.

If you are interested in festivals, please go see it. And when you go to Morioka, be sure to participate in the Morioka Sansa Festival. Take in Morioka, along with its festival, and create a wonderful summer memory you’ll never forget.


高田 拓海







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