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MISAWA SUMMER FESTIVAL
18 - 21 August 2016



Festival Float
Floats Are Made by the Community

Young ladies playing traditional flute
Young Ladies Playing Tradtional Flutes

Float Drummer
Float Drummer

Portable Shrine
Portable Shrine (Mikoshi)


THURSDAY
DRUM & CHANT COMPETITION

On Thursday evening, they have a FLOAT DISPLAY and the MATSURI BAYASHI (Drum and Flute) competition. This event used to take place in the Miss Veedol Dome across the street from the 100 Yen shop near McDonalds. The float display begins at 6pm with the Ohayashi beginning shortly therafter.


FRIDAY & SUNDAY
FLOAT PARADE

The first float parade takes place on Friday. The floats begin their route at 6pm from the intersection just up the hill from the east entrance of the Misawa Train Station. They head north to the main road that goes over the railroad tracks and turn right and go up the hill. They continue on this road all the way to City Hall (with a short dip on to and off of 30 Meter Road. At City Hall they turn left and head towards the base and turn left again and go up Main Street. According to my info, they go up to the main intersection by True Value store and that ends it.
Here is a rough route map. The start time is accurate. Other times are approximate.

Base Gate Info:
Bottom Line: Installation gate hours of operation will change in response to the Misawa City Festival (19 - 21 Aug).
- Friendship gate will close at 1600 on 19 August and reopen at 1630 on 21 August.
- Falcon gate will remain open for 24-hour operations (starting on 19 August) until Friendship gate reopens.
- Levitow gate will open at 1600 on 19 August, and will remain open until end-of-day traffic has departed. Once Levitow gate is closed on 19 August, it will remain closed.

On Sunday at 1:30pm the floats will repeat the beginning of the route they took on Friday. However, at the True Value intersection they will turn left onto Main street and go down to the Sky Plaza intersection and turn right and go to Central Park (train park) where they will take a break. After the break they leave the park and turn left at City Hall and go up to 30-meter oad where they will end.
Here is a rough route map.

Gate Info:
Bottom Line: Installation gate hours of operation will change in response to the Misawa City Festival (19 - 21 Aug).
- Friendship gate will close at 1600 on 19 August and reopen at 1630 on 21 August.
- Falcon gate will remain open for 24-hour operations (starting on 19 August) until Friendship gate reopens.
- Levitow gate will open at 1600 on 19 August, and will remain open until end-of-day traffic has departed. Once Levitow gate is closed on 19 August, it will remain closed throughout the weekend.

SATURDAY:

COSTUME PARADE - BON DANCERS - MIKOSHI PARADE


3pm is the start of the Costume Parade. It begins at City Hall and makes it way up City Hall Road past the intersection at 30-meter road an on to the True Value supermaket intersection. Then they turn right onto Main Street. They end the route at Sky Plaza.
This is followed at 4:30PM by the Nagashi Odori (tradtional Obon Japanese dance) Parade. However they begin at the Max Value end of Main Street and follow the costume parade and they end at Sky Plaza.
Then at about 5:30 Mikoshi (portable shrine) Festival Parade begins. They also begin at the top of Main Street and end up at Sky Plaza.

The main gate will be closed to vehicle traffic at various times during the festival activites. I'm told it will be closed from 5 to 9pm on Friday, from 3 to 9pm on Saturday and from 1 to 3pm on Sunday. Be prepared to use the Levitow (Commissary) Gate during these times.

Misawa City Festival on You Tube

Mikoshi Parade
Bon Odori
Parade Float



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