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Wind Festival
Date : 4/6/2018 to 4/8/2018
  • Wind Festival
This spring festival is held on the 2nd Friday, Saturday and Sunday of April every year at the Utari-jinja Shrine in Kozakai-cho by shrine parishioners in Kozakai-cho, Hirai-cho, and Shuku-cho. The festival is said to have originated from the ""Kaze Matsuri"" (a festival to quell storms) described in the ""Konjaku Monogatari"" (Tales of the Past and Present) and ""Uji Shui Monogatari"" (Japanese Tales), and in the festival events that are held today, the elegance from ancient times can still be felt.
During the three days of the festival starting with the Yoi Festival, unique Shinto rituals, such as the Suzume Isome (archery) Shinto ritual and rice-planting Shinto ritual, are performed in various places. Various fireworks, including daytime fireworks, hand held fireworks, cannon fireworks, and building fireworks are dedicated, and an Okuruma float from Kosakai and Shuku are pulled. On the Okuruma floats, drumming on large drums (Kakure-daiko) takes place, as well as a lion dance, and a children's dance called ""Yatsubachi"", which is said to be the only one performed today in the Mikawa region. As the Okuruma floats pass under electric railway wires, the second tier of the floats goes up and down, which is also one of the highlights. In the Kaguraden hall inside the shrine grounds, Shinto music and dance by shrine maidens is dedicated from Nakajima of Shuku, and from Sakachi, a Mukade-shishi (centipede lion dance) performed by young men comes parading into the shrine grounds. Then, a procession of Hirai's Sasa dance, Kasaboko (a car with a doll), etc. led by men holding halberds enters the shrine grounds. A big sacred rope is attached to the Torii gate, and the festival comes to its final stage. At the end, Shinto music and dance by shrine maidens is dedicated in front of the portable shrine, and a children's dance and lion dance are dedicated from on top of the Okuruma float. The festival ends when the portable shrine returns.

Festival Overview


Date 4/6/2018 to 4/8/2018
Time Friday: From 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM, Saturday: From 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Sunday: From 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Venue Utari-jinja Shrine(Miyawaki 2, Kozakai-cho, Toyokawa City)
Phone number 0533-72-3246(Utari-jinja Shrine)

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Access / Map

Access by public transport 3 minutes' walk from JR Kozakai Station.
Access by car 10 minutes by car from Toyokawa I.C.
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