Aug 3
Aug 6

Akita Kanto Festival

6:15pm – 9:00pm

Imagine balancing a 15-metre long pole that weighs 50kg while walking — now imagine there is a breeze.

What happens?

Kanto (not related to the region of the same name) are poles which are approximately 15 metres long from which hang 46 lanterns — intended to resemble bags of rice.

Weighing up to 50kg, the festival performers balance these poles on their forehead or lower backs while walking the parade route. They are accompanied by bands of bamboo flute players and are urged on by the spectators.


Every evening, from 6:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. there will be a parade of kanto. You can purchase tickets in advance to get an up-close look.

Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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