Hachinohe Sansha Taisai

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Float during the Hachinohe Sansha Taisai, 2014

Hachinohe Sansha Taisai (八戸三社大祭?) is a Japanese festival celebrated from July 31 to August 4 in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, Japan. Its rites centre on three Shinto shrines: Ogami (霊神社?), Shinra (新羅神社?), and Shinmei (神明宮?) shrines. There is a procession of twenty-seven floats and three mikoshi are also borne through the streets. It has a two hundred and ninety-year history and in 2004 was designated an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property.[1][2]

On August 2 the Chojasan Shinra Shrine holds the annual Kiba Dakyuu (騎馬打球?)tournament. It is the traditional Kagami-style dakyu and is held only in Hachinohe, Aomori, Yamagata Prefecture, and the Imperial Household Agency.[3]

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(Japanese) Hachinohe Sansha Taisai homepage