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Usudai Festival (Sebe Usudai Festival)
Date : August 18th (Saturday) * 19th (Sunday) if it rains
  • Usudai Festival (Sebe Usudai Festival)
【Float lanterns whirling round and round】
The Usudai Festival is held on August 16th every year these days, but it used to be held as an event of the Kannonji Temple on July 10th of the lunar calendar. The festival date was changed to the 3rd Saturday of the month (postponed to the next day in cases of rain) in 2016.
Legend has it that long ago, the head of the Bodhisattva statue flew from Chikubushima Island in Omi to the big ginkgo tree in the grounds of the adjoining Kannonji Temple, and was enshrined on a pure hand mill.
The style of the Usudai Festival originates in the Makiwara lantern decoration seen in the Owari Tsushima Tenno Festival. However, the way the cage rotate like a mill is something you cannot see even in Tsushima, where the festival started, and so this is considered as a style that has developed after it had spread to the local area. Furthermore, being centered around the floats from the Seko areas, where the festival music band (festival music played by Seko areas on a float with drums) plays while the float listens (audience), this is a precious festival that depicts the true essence of the folk ritual of festival music dedication.
When the cage decorated with large and small lanterns, representing the numbers of months and days in a year, is rotated like a hand mill to go with the festival music of flutes and drums, it makes beautiful streaks of lights in the night sky.

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  • Usudai Festival (Sebe Usudai Festival)
  • Usudai Festival (Sebe Usudai Festival)
  • Usudai Festival (Sebe Usudai Festival)
  • Usudai Festival (Sebe Usudai Festival)
  • Usudai Festival (Sebe Usudai Festival)

Festival Overview


Date August 18th (Saturday) * 19th (Sunday) if it rains
Time From 19:00 to 21:00
Venue Hakken-sha Shrine, Kannonji Temple(Daimon 53, Sebe, Ichinomiya City)
Phone number Sebe Float & Usudai Festival Preservation Association Representative Kiyoshi Kumazawa 0586-78-1617

Access / Map

Access / Map

Access by public transport Take the Meitetsu Bus bound for Konan Eki / Konan Danchi from JR Owari-Ichinomiya Station or Meitetsu Ichinomiya Station, alight at Sebe and walk for approx. 5 minutes to the north on the path in front of the footbridge. In the grounds of Hakken-sha Shrine, Kannonji Temple.
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