Uda’s winter tradition, Kagiroi Viewing, will be held on December 23rd at Manyo Park in Ouda, Uda City. Kagiroi, which looks like a morning glow, is a rare natural phenomenon that appears in the eastern sky about an hour before sunrise on a cold winter morning, only when the weather condition is perfect. As an ancient poet Kakinomotono Hitomaro is believed to have read a poem about Kagiroi in this area, Uda has been holding this event annually on November 17th in the old Chinese calendar, the date the poem was read.
Come join us this Sunday! Let’s gather at the park around 4 a.m., and share a special moment with us until the time Kagiroi should appear, warming ourselves around a bonfire, enjoying a live music concert, and turning our thoughts to ancient times!
December 23rd, 4:00 am -7:00 am
Venue: Manyo Park (map below)
Free Entry, Dress properly for the cold weather.
Note: For those who plan to join this event, the nearby hot spring, Akinonoyu, offers all-night bath only the night before the event. You can stay here until the event starts.
Akinonoyu location (Google Maps)
Akinonoyu official website (Japanese)