Festivals in Hachinohe
Hachinohe Sansha Taisai Festival
A Magnificent Float Festival
The Hachinohe Sansha Taisai Festival is held in the city center, from July 31 through August 4 every year. It is a festival to pray and express gratitude for a rich harvest, with a history and tradition of about 290 years.
The floats are designed with themes from various sources such as mythology, legends, war tales, and kabuki. Today, 27 floats, made by the neighborhood associations in the city, join the parade and impress the crowd. In February 2004, it was designated as a national important intangible folk cultural property.
Ancient Japanese Polo "Kiba Dakyu"
On August 2, the middle day of the Hachinohe Sansha Taisai Festival, "Kagami-Style Kiba Dakyu" is performed at Chojasan Shinra Shrine. Today, this style of dakyu is only performed in Hachinohe, Yamagata prefecture, and the Imperial Household Agency. It is designated as a prefectural intangible folk cultural property.
Folk Performing Arts to Pray for Good Health
There are various forms of folk arts performed to pray for good health and well-being, such as kagura, daikagura, and toramai. In particular, the Horyo Kagura of Ogami Shrine is known for its impressive "Issei Hauchi," in which a large group of dancers wear wooden lion head masks and clatter the teeth of the masks all at once; this is performed in the Mikoshitogyo Parade of the Hachinohe Sansha Taisai Festival and the Spring Prayer. It is designated as a prefectural intangible folk cultural property.
Hachinohe Emburi is held at various locations in the city from February 17 to 20 every year. Performers called "tayu," wearing eboshi hats shaped like horse heads with lucky patterns of cranes and turtles, dance with a farm tool called "eburi" in their hands, hence the name Emburi. It is a festival to pray for a rich harvest, which is held at the end of the harsh winter to announce the arrival of the spring.
There are two types of Emburi: the slow, elegant Naga Emburi and the quick, dynamic Dosai Emburi. In between the two, cute dances by children such as Matsu no Mai, Ebisu Mai, Daikoku Mai, and Enko Enko are performed as well. In 1979 it was designated as a national important intangible folk cultural property.
Nango Summer Jazz Festival
Since 1990 the Nango Summer Jazz Festival, held every July at the Kakko no Mori Echo Land Outdoor Stage, has become a major event which attracts jazz fans from all over Japan.
It is an exciting midsummer festival in which top artists from Japan and around the world gather to perform, with an audience of over 2000 every year.
- The guest of the 2nd festival in 1991: Jackie MacLean (alto sax)
- The guest of the 7th festival in 1996: Freddie Hubbard (trumpet)
- The guest of the 9th festival in 1998: Ron Carter (bass)
- The guest of the 13th festival in 2002: Eddie Higgins (piano)
- The guest of the 15th festival in 2004: Terumasa Hino (trumpet)
- The guest of the 20th festival in 2009: Sadao Watanabe (alto sax)
- The guest of the 21st festival in 2010: Eric Miyahiro (trumpet)
- The guest of the 22nd festival in 2011: Manhattan Jazz Quintet