Sat, Feb
11

Kasedori Festival

10:00am – 1:00pm
Free

This unique festival gets its name from the straw coats worn by the participants. Apparently they’re supposed to be birds. While dancing, they cry out “kaah, kaah” – because they’re birds of course.

The festival takes place in the Yamagata Prefecture city of Kaminoyama. At the time that the festival takes place, there is a lot of snow and ice around – something to be aware of when arranging transport.

Originating in the 1600s, the festival begins in front Kaminoyama Castle. While dancing, participants are showered with freezing cold water – which often turns to ice in the freezing temperatures. The dancers gradually move into the city where the water throwing continues and the sake consumption begins.

It’s believed that the festival brings prosperity. The night time celebrations supposedly have some connection to the mizushobai – the adult entertainment business, although this connection may be more historical than current.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, many events have been canceled. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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