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Akita: Miyoshi Bonden-sai

Festival featuring Bonden, votive offering for good harvest and prosperity made of bamboo baskets covered with brightly colored cloth and streamers, being carried by villagers to the shrine. Highlight comes when about 80 groups of local young men carrying their own Bonden, compete with one another to be the first in dedicating Bonden to the shrine.

Schedule & key events:
10:30 a.m.-noon

Location: Miyoshi-jinja Shrine and others, Akita, Akita

JR Akita Shinkansen Line to Akita Sta. From there, take bus (for Taihei) to Miyoshi Jinja-Iriguchi Bus Stop (10 min.), and then walk 2 min.

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.