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Wakamatsuri Festival

The event has been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

Located in Wakanoura, a scenic area in the city of Wakayama, Kishu Toshogu shrine is just a year shy of 400, and the Wakamatsuri is a local festival that has a history almost as long as the Shinto site itself.

This year’s edition will take place on May 17 with various processions, the highlight being a horde of men in happi coats shouldering a weighty mikoshi (portable shrine) down 108 steps leading to the shrine. There will also be performances of gagaku court music, Japanese drumming and local performing arts. (Yuki Yamauchi)

If it rains, the event will be canceled.

In line with the nationwide state of emergency declared on April 16, the government is strongly requesting that residents stay at home whenever possible and refrain from visiting bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.