March 13, 2015

Shizukumiya Festival (March 15)

The 12th Shizukumiya Festival  will be held within Takayama city coming Sunday. on March 15. This festival is held every year in March to celebrate the production of new Japanese sake, as well as to wish for a rich harvest for the year.

On that day, you will see groups of local youngsters carrying sake casks around. Ceremonies will also be held along the Miyagawa river, near the Miyamae bridge (where the huge torii, or gate is located).

There are two main venues for the festival, the first being the open space near Jinya (also the venue of regular morning markets), where a variety of activities will be held, including traditional Japanese art performance, as well as a market selling local food.  At the Miyagawa venue, near the huge Japanese gate, there will be Japanese drum performance as well as hand-held fireworks display. A special kind of  Japanese sake specifically made for the festival will also be sold during the day. 

Don't miss this fun-filled festival!

Date: March 15, 2015 (Sunday)
Time: From morning till around 3.30 pm
Venue: (1) Open space near Jinya 
           (2) Miyamae bridge, near the huge Japanese gate, along Miyagawa river 

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