Akita Kantō

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Akita Kantō
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Celebrant of the Akita Kantō
Observed by Akita City
Type Religious
Begins 3 August
Ends 7 August
Date 3 August
Next time 3 August 2015 (2015-08-03)
Duration 5 days
Frequency annual
Related to Fukagawa Matsuri, Sannō Matsuri

The Akita Kantō (秋田の竿灯?) is a Japanese festival celebrated from 3–7 August in Akita City, Akita Prefecture in hope for a good harvest. Around two hundred bamboo poles five to twelve metres long, bearing twenty-four or forty-six lanterns, topped with gohei, and weighing up to fifty kilograms, are carried through the streets by night on the palms, foreheads, shoulders, or lower backs of the celebrants.[1] The festival is first referred to in a travel diary of 1789 The Road Where the Snow Falls (雪の降る道?).[2] It is one of the main festivals in Tōhoku, along with the Tanabata festival in Sendai, the Aomori Nebuta Matsuri festival, and the Hanagasa Matsuri festival in Yamagata. The Akita Kantō festival was designated an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property in 1980.[3][4][5][6]

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  1. ^ "The basic Kanto Performances". Akita Kantō Executive Committee. 20 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Various opinions about the beginning and original form of the Kanto". Akita Kantō Executive Committee. 20 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Festivals - Kanto Festival". Akita City. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Akita Kanto Matsuri". Japan National Tourism Organization. Archived from the original on 18 February 2011. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Seasonal Festivals (Matsuri)". Akita Prefecture. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Database of Registered National Cultural Properties". Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 

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Coordinates: 39°43′6.5″N 140°6′47.5″E / 39.718472°N 140.113194°E / 39.718472; 140.113194