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Iwate: Nippon-no-Furusato Tono Matsuri

Festival coinciding with an annual festival of the shrine. The highlight of this festival is a parade of local performing arts all native to the Tohoku region such as Shishi-odori (deer dance), Kagura, Taiko and folk dancing held by about 60 grouped people.

Schedule & Key events:
● Sept. 21
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Parade of mikoshi through the main streets of the city
10:45 a.m.-9 p.m. Parade of local performing arts on the city's main streets
● Sept. 22
9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Parade of mikoshi through the main streets of the city noon-1 p.m. Yabusame (horseback archery) on the grounds of the shrine
1 p.m.-5 p.m. Baba-meguri (local performing arts) demonstration at Kaguraden in the shrine

Location: Tonogo Hachiman-gu Shrine and others, Tono, Iwate

JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line to Shin-Hanamaki Sta. From there, take JR Kamaishi Line to Tono Sta.

Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.