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Sacred Wand Festival and Competition

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January 16, 2019

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category: Festivals
Major City: Akita
Event is: Free

The Miyoshi Bonden Festival at Miyoshi Shrine is a very exciting and fun festival nearbye the city of Akita (Northern part of "Honshu" the main island). The festival involves groups of men, children and friends carrying  "Sacred Wand's" (in Japanese "Bonden" ぼんでん), racing to Miyoshi Shrine. The "Bonden" are about 4 meters in length and it is believed that gods use bonden as a directional marker when they are descending. Therefore, offering these "Bonden" to the gods is said to give good harvest and prosperity. The "Bonden" are made of bamboo baskets covered with brightly colored cloth and streamers.  The festival usually starts late morning and runs into the afternoon.


Location: Taiheizanmiyoshi Shrine

Address: Akanuma-3 Hiroomote, Akita, Akita. 010-0041

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