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2007/7/31

酒田まつり Sakata-matsuri Sakata Matsuri Festival

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Sakata Matsuri is an annual festival that takes place at both Kamihie and Shimohie shrines in Sakata, Yamagata Prefecture, from May 19 to 21.

The festival has taken place every year for close to 400 years, since the 14th year of the Keicho era. Formerly, the festival was called Sanno Matsuri, but in Showa 54 it was renamed Sakata Matsuri as a festival for all citizens.

On the night before the festival, a traditional dance called Shikidai-no-Gi is performed. The symbol of Sakata, shishito (lion heads), appears in both male and female form during this festival. In addition, local citizens carry floats around the city. Many stalls line the roads and the city takes on a festive mood that recalls its former glory as a port city. Sakata Matsuri is an event brimming with local color.

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1-1-20 Sannkyo-cho, Sakata, Yamagata Prefecture
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Sakata Sightseeing Cooperative
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0234-24-2233
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http://www.sakata-kankou.gr.jp/matsuri/sakatamatsu...




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