[the end] The Annual Tomioka Hachiman Grand Festival (Main Festival)
This year marks the long-awaited "Hon-Matsuri" or "Main Festival", it is which comes only once every three years!
Aside from the "Jinkosai" (a ritual procession also known as "Horen-togyo" or Passing of the Phoenix Shrine) when the mikoshi (divine palanquin) of Tomioka Hachiman Shrine is carried around to the areas considered to be under the deity' s protection, there will also be a "Mikoshi Rengo Togyo", it is during which a parade of 53 mikoshi from local communities will make its way around town.
In addition, many traditional votive activities will be exhibited on shrine grounds during festival days, including dancing and taiko drum performances, ensuring non-stop excitement.
The "Mikoshi Rengo Togyo", it is considered to be the main event of the matsuri, will be held on Sunday, August 13th. Chants of "Wasshoi! Wasshoi!" will reverberate from early morning onward, as onlookers douse mikoshi-carriers lavishly with water when they make their way past. For this reason, the Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri is also known as the Water Throwing Festival.
The passion and festivity created by mikoshi-carriers and spectators coming together in celebration is a definite must-see! We hope you' ll join us!
Annual Tomioka Hachiman Grand Festival
Schedule of Events
|Friday, August 11th (holiday)|
|13:30||Singing by Rintomo Sisters|
|16:00||Resonance to the Gods – 22nd annual celebration by Tomioka Hachiman Shrine Taiko Drummers|
|Saturday, August 12th|
|Jinkosai (Horen-togyo) – The Phoenix Shrine, carrying the local deity, will visit the areas under his protection with many followers in procession|
|16:30||Karate performance by Fujimoto Dojo|
|18:00||Shorinji Kenpo (Chinese martial arts) exhibition by Fukagawa Temple|
|19:30||Taiko drum and dance performance by Fukagawa Saijin|
|Sunday, August 13th|
|Mikoshi Rengo Togyo – 53 mikoshi will be carried through a procession path approximately 8km long|
|13:00||Koto and shamisen performance by Ikeda-ryu Botan-kai|
|14:30||Taisho koto performance by Genyo-kai|
|16:00||Japanese dancing (Nagauta Sakura-ryu) by Fuzusa Sakura|
|17:30||Jazz concert by The Dream Square Jazz Orchestra|
|19:00||Aoi taiko drums|
|Monday, August 14th|
|14:00||Paying of respects by worshippers|
|15:00||Dance performance by Tado Gagaku-kai|
|16:30||Noh performance by Fukagawa Noh Theatre|
|18:30||Dance performance by Hosokawa Minzoku Buyou Kenkyu-kai (Hosokawa Cultural Dance Study Association)|
|Tuesday, August 15th|
|11:00||Reisai Saiji – The most important religious ritual of the year|
|14:30||Marimba performance by The Easy Mallets|
|16:00||Singing by Mina Nomura|
|17:30||Koto performance by Hirone-kai|
|18:00||Tea Ceremony by Koto Sak|
|20:00||Gamelan performance and dancing by Fukagawa Baron Club|
Poetry and calligraphy provided by Heishoku-kai
*Times may be subject to change
*The Kendo Tournament organized by Koto Kendo Association will be held on Sunday, September 17th.
|Period||Friday August 11th (holiday) ~ Tuesday August 15th, 2017|
|Holding place||Tomioka Hachiman Shrine (1-20-3 Tomioka, Koto City) and the surrounding area|
|Access||3 minute walk from Exit 1 of Monzen-nakacho Station (Tozai Line side)
6 minute walk from Exit 5/6 of Monzen-nakacho Station (Toei Oedo Line side)
http://www.tomiokahachimangu.or.jp/ (Tomioka Hachiman Shrine official website)