Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Kamakura Festival

Kamakura Festival at Yokote in Akita Prefecture was held on February 15th and 16th. It is one of the New Year holiday events and used to be held on the 15th day of the 1st month in the lunar calendar. The festival dates back 400 years.

A snow house called Kamakura has a household altar dedicated to the god of water to wish for the safety of their families, success in business and agricultural fertility.
In the house, children invite passersby inside and offer them sweet alcoholic amazake and rice cakes.

German architect Bruno Taut(1880-1938) visited Yokote in 1936 and described his impressive experience at the festival in his book "A Rediscovery of Japan".

About 100 kamakura stand in Yokote City during the festival. Many miniature kamakura are also built.

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photo:日本列島お国自慢(Japanese version only)

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