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Yukake Matsuri – Yuagawara Onsen Festival

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on June 13, 2015

Once a year the little town of Yugawara on the western edge of Kanagawa Prefecture throws a huge onsen festival, celebrating the natural springs of hot water that dot the area with a very wet and very chaotic festival. Townspeople and tourists line the streets with huge buckets of hot water (hence the name, yukakematsuri) and douse the passing omikoshi (made up in the form of traditional onsen style buckets) and their carriers with as much as water as they can. One of the omikoshi were shouldered completely by local young women and naturally they bore the brunt of the hot water assaults! The parade route is a few kilometers long and the streets are lined with everything from adults with water buckets to little kids with water pistols and even local fire departments with industrial sized pumps and fire hoses! More photos and more stories from this fantastic (and rather obscure) little festival to come!

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  1. megiaven said, on June 14, 2015 at 4:41 am

    This looks amazing! When was it?

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  2. torrejrphotos said, on June 14, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    KONNICHIWA!! WATASHI NO NAMAE JUAN DESU, GAKUSEY NIHONGO DESU (SUPEIN) YOROSHIKUONEGAISHIMASU!! KONO BLOG WA SUGOY DESU. I FOLOW, OYASUMI-NASAI!!

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  3. rudyhou said, on June 26, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    this looks like fun. kinda reminds me of the annual water festival in thailand.

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    • tokyobling said, on June 29, 2015 at 2:17 am

      When it isn’t raining I am happy that we live in some very nice and wet countries!

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  4. rudyhou said, on November 2, 2015 at 8:24 am

    this is a matsuri i wouldn’t mind participating in.

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