Yamagata Hanagasa Festival
The Yamagata Hanagasa Festival is highlighted by the booming cries of "Yassho, Makasho" accompanied by the gallant sound of the Hanagasa Taiko drums and gorgeously decorated floats leading more than 10,000 dancers adorned in beautiful costume with Hanagasa flower hats through the main street of Yamagata city.
In recent years, the 'Yamagata Hanagasa Festival' has been added to the big three festivals of Tohoku, as a fourth member representing the major festivals in Tohoku.
It is said that more than one million people flock to the city during the term of the festival.
Various Hanagasa Dances
In the past, the beauty of the groups dancing in perfect order was the highlight of the 'Yamagata Hanagasa Festival'.
However, in recent years, a variety of dances captivate the crowd. Such dances include the beautiful orthodox female dance [Kunpu Mogamigawa], the gallant orthodox male dance [Zao Gyokou] as well as the dynamic Kasa Mawashi (hat rolling) of the Obanazawa region - the birthplace of the Hanagasa Dance.
Creative dances featuring unique choreography can also be enjoyed.
Furthermore, the opening Hanagasa Dance Circle dance held at the end of the parade, features appearances by Miss Hanagasa.
The unique walk-in dancers also help to bring the excitement and electricity of the parade to full throttle.
Aug. 5 - Aug. 7, 2011
6:10 p.m. - 9:40 p.m.
Circle Dance by Walk-In Participants
The true joy of a festival can be discovered upon actually participating.
In the Yamagata Hanagasa Festival, spectators are welcome to join the 'Hanagasa Circle Dance' held near the parade goal in front of City Hall, as well as the 'walk-in corner' near the tail of the parade.
Participants can enjoy their time while learning from dance teachers.
'Hanagasa Wa Odori'
from 6:10 p.m. - around 6:30 p.m.
from 8:30 p.m. - around 9:30 p.m.