Yama-age Festival 山あげ祭 (Yama-age Matsuri)

Pageant of the best tradition in Japan of 450 rest of life

Pageant of the best tradition in Japan of 450 rest of life
Pageant of the best tradition in Japan of 450 rest of life
Pageant of the best tradition in Japan of 450 rest of life
Pageant of the best tradition in Japan of 450 rest of life
Pageant of the best tradition in Japan of 450 rest of life
The Yamaage Festival is one of Japan's most unique festivals,a dazzling outdoor kabuki dance performance that has been carried on is the Karasuyama area since olden times.The festival was first held about 450 years ago by the ruler of Karasuyama Castle,Lord Suketane Nasu,to pray for peace over the land and dispel the plague that had been threatening his domain.The yama or "mountain" in the festival's name refers to the backdrops used in the performances.Handmade washi paper,a apecialty of the region,is pasted onto a bamboo frame and painted to look like mountains and waterfalls.Some of these "mountains" even reach 10 meters in height.Not only the dynamic kabuki and dances performed in front of these backdrops,but also the coordination and teamwork of the young male performers that form the heart of the festival are a sight to behold.In addition,it was enrolled in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in December,2016.
  • Pageant of the best tradition in Japan of 450 rest of life
  • Pageant of the best tradition in Japan of 450 rest of life
  • Pageant of the best tradition in Japan of 450 rest of life
  • Pageant of the best tradition in Japan of 450 rest of life
  • Pageant of the best tradition in Japan of 450 rest of life

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Basic Information

Address Karasuyama-city, Tochigi around the old town of Karasuyama
Telephone Number 0287-83-1115 (Nasukarasuyama City Commerce and Industry Tourism Division)
Website http://yamaage.3g-kizuna.jp/
Price Free
*Box seat:One seat of 500 yen
Date July 24 to 26,2020
Venue Nasukarasuyama city (Karasuyama city area)
DirectionsBy train:Take the JR karasuyama line from “Utsunomiya” station to the last stop “Karasuyama”(approx.50 minutes),and walk about 10 minutes.
By car:Exit Utsunomiya-Kaminokawa IC and take national Route 4 to prefectural Route 64.About a 50-minute drive.