3 Shrines 1 Festival:
The Hachinohe Sansha Taisai

 

The Hachinohe Sansha Taisai Video
“The Japanese Traditional Arts” 八戸三社大祭
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The Hachinohe Sansha Taisai Video
“The Japanese Traditional Arts” 八戸三社大祭
【Short ver.】

 

※Are you interested in participating in the Hachinohe Sansha Taisai? Different neighborhood float groups are looking for participants now! See the below PDF for more details or inquire with the individual neighborhood groups if interested.

  Participants Wanted for the Hachinohe Sansha Taisai Poster

 

What is the Hachinohe Sansha Taisai?



Boasting a history of over 290 years, the Hachinohe Sansha Taisai (Three Shrine Festival) has been designated as a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property.

The most notable highlight is the procession of mikoshi (portable shrines) from Ogami Shrine, Chojasan Shinra Shrine, and Shinmei-gu Shrine, as well as the parade of floats (called dashi) featuring subjects such as mythological figures and kabuki characters. As the floats which can reach heights of 10m and widths of 8m pass by, spectators often shout with joy. The nighttime parade of illuminated floats seems to hover in the night air and creates a fantastical atmosphere that provides a completely different way to enjoy the festivities.

 Every year for the 5 days from July 31 to August 5, Hachinohe is enveloped in a unique excitement. Over one million people visit the festival by the time it is over. Although it is not as well-known as other summer festivals in the prefecture such as the Nebuta festival, the Sansha Taisai certainly comes second to none when it comes to luster, atmosphere, brilliance, or passion of the festival. The festival takes place before many other summer festivals in the prefecture so if you’re interested in seeing a unique and less crowded festival, come and see the Sansha Taisai and continue on your trip to the northern and western portions of the prefecture after!

“Gorgeous Pageantry – Japan’s best float parade”

The “Hachinohe Sansha Taisai” helps decorate Hachinohe’s short summer season.
Accompanied by traditional shrine processions and lively Japanese folk music, the gorgeous floats evoke images of Japan’s feudal era.

「The Hachinohe Sansha Taisai Festival Float Exhibit」

「Journey to the West: The Monkey King Fights to the Death」

The ‘Hachinohe Festival Float Promotion Group’ is made up of several young members of the city’s neighborhood festival groups. This group which is a collection of some of the city’s most talented young workers gathered together to make this tour deforce float. Many of the festivals floats source their themes from various tales, plays, classics, and legends. One of the most popular themes is scenes from the Chinese classic ‘Journey to the West’ which is well known in Japan. This float brings to life one of its famous scenes in the most dynamic and lively fashion, and viewers practically feel that the characters are about to burst off the stage and into real life. The life-size contrast and perspective adjustments executed between the top and bottom, front and back portions of the float add to its dynamics and for which it is called a ‘half-cut style festival float’. You can see the above float on the first floor of the YouTree Building.

The Festival Float Exhibit at the Choja Festival Square

Exhibit Period: August 13 ~ 15, from 13:00~16:00
※The floats accompanying the festival band will perform at 16:00, 17:00, and 17:45 on August 13.

The Mini Festival Float in Hachhi (The Seven Gods of Fortune & the Treasure Boat)

The Hachinohe Portal Museum ‘hacchi’ is home to this mini-festival float called ‘The Seven Gods of Fortune & Treasure Boat’. It is around a 1/3~1/5 scale of the original, but it has as much extravagance, splendor, and elegance as a full-scale festival float.

Of particular note is the beautiful details of the splashing waves, typical of the wave float style in which it was made.

Mini Dashi No. 2 (Journey to the West)

The mini-festival float (Journey to the West) is located on the first floor of the main building of Hachinohe city Hall. It can be disassembled and easily put back together so it has been displayed at many different events and exhibits outside the prefecture.

The above photo was taken when it was displayed at an event in the Tokyo Dome.

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