Nanaura Autumn Festival
Nanaura Autumn Festival
Nanaura Autumn Festival
Nanaura Autumn Festival
 
 
 

‘Nanaura’ Autumn Festival - ‘Menburyu’ (Kashima, saga prefecture)
9 September 2018

The fork performing arts in Japanese pastoral landscapes to pray to the good harvest!

Since farming is one of the main industry in Kashima, Autumn Festivals are held in each region every year.
‘Nanaura’ Autumn Festival is one of them held in 3 shrines in Nanaura region below.

Otonari Menburyu’ at Tenshi shrine
*designated Important Cultural Properties by the prefectural government.

Hougaura Menburyu’ at Chinju shrine
*designated Important Cultural Properties by the prefectural government.

Iida Menburyu’ at Toguchi shrine

Highlight of ‘Menburyu’ is the ‘michiyuki’ which is a procession by local people, children and adults, slowly marching toward their shrine along farm roads between paddy fields filled with golden ears of rice.

Each procession consist ‘Torige (pole with fluffy strings on top)’ holders, ladies wearing colorful unique ‘kimono’ and hat and the main roll, ‘Kakeuchi’, wearing an ‘Oni’ (ogre) mask and carrying a small drum.
All member dance with traditional Japanese street music with ‘Fue(Japanese flute)’ and ‘Taiko(portable drum)’.

Many amateur photographers visit this festival to capture images of these iconic Japanese pastoral landscapes and traditional performing arts.
Since ‘michiyuki’ start at various times in the morning around 7:30am, photographers can move around the area to take pictures of different processions.

Date: 9 September 2018
Festival starting time:Iida Menburyu’ 7:00am~, ‘Hougaura Menburyu’ 9:00am~, ‘Otonari Menburyu’10:30am~
Place: Nanaura region, Kashima city, saga prefecture
Nearest Station: Hizen-Nanaura or Hizen-Iida

For further details, please check the official link below.
https://saga-kashima-kankou.com/event/2069 (Japanese only)

Kyushu Guide: saga