Join us for a traditional Japanese festival!
Nabari City is looking for people to carry mikoshi (portable shrines) or floats on the second day of the festival (main festival).
Origin of Nabari Autumn Festival
It is said that this festival was started by Todo Takayoshi, who governed Nabari under the orders of Todo Takatora, the lord of Iga.
Back in those days in Nabari, people were allowed to become samurai once a year. They celebrated the day by parading with torches dressed up in samurai costumes. Children born in the same year were regarded as treasures and celebrated specially. Inheriting these ceremonies, people have continued the festival for over 350 years.
Please apply if you are interested in participating in this traditional Japanese festival as a mikoshi/float carrier.
Of course, just watching is also welcome. You will be taken back to the Edo period when you see the historical parades.
Festival Schedule for 2023
Saturday, October 28th
- Torchlight parade: 8:00 p.m. from Atago Shrine to Urufushine Shrine
- Shishimai Lion dance: 9:00 p.m. at Urufushine Shrine
Sunday, October 29th (Join us on this day!)
- Parade in each town: 8:00 a.m.
- Gathering in front of Aeon Nabari store: 1:00-1:30 p.m.
- Shinto ritual: 3:00 p.m. at Urufushine Shrine