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Festivals

Events in Kurashiki range from time-honored sacred rituals to lively and colorful festivals. This quiet town comes alive on festival days.

Tenryo Taiko

Tenryo Taiko

The sound of a taiko drum is simple but powerful. Tenryo taiko drumming is a regional performing art that has won wide acclaim throughout Japan and the world. Nearly every month, concerts are held in which taiko drums are joined by whistles, shakuhachi flutes and shamisen stringed instruments.

Kurashiki Tenryo Summer Festival

Kurashiki Tenryo Summer Festival

In the morning, the Tenryo-ichi market held in the shopping district in front of Kurashiki Station is abuzz with shoppers hunting for local specialties, while starting in the late afternoon the main street through Kurashiki Sta. is filled with dancing (daikan bayashi odori), a parade, and Tenryo taiko drummers. The festival is held every year on a Saturday in late July.

Tamashima Festival Fireworks

Tamashima Festival Fireworks

Spectator seats for the fireworks display are located close to where the fireworks launch, and the colors, lights and sounds are overpowering! As many as 150,000 people pack in to watch 3,000 fireworks burst over the harbor on the first Sunday in August.

Kurashiki Byobu Festival

Kurashiki Byobu Festival

During this festival, old merchant houses open their latticed doors to the street and display their cherished byobu (folding screens), handed down for generations. Houses usually closed to the public are opened, and visitors can walk through and see precious implements, works of calligraphy, kimono, and ikebana flower arrangements. This festival takes place in mid-October every year.

Kurashiki Hina Meguri (Hina Doll Display)

Kurashiki Hina Meguri (Hina Doll Display)

Hina dolls are displayed to celebrate the Doll Festival, also known as Girl's Day, on March 3. All kinds of hina dolls and doll accessories from Edo-period (1603–1868), antiques, and contemporary art is displayed all over town in old houses, shopping arcades, cultural facilities, and elsewhere. Be sure to try one of the thematic meals specially prepared for the occasion. This event lasts from late February through early March.

Sen'i Kojima Seto Ohashi Bridge Festival

Sen'i Kojima Seto Ohashi Bridge Festival

Kojima is an area known for textiles, and is home to this unique event in which more than 200 tents are set up to sell textile-related goods, from jeans to school uniforms, at wholesale prices. There is also a food and beverage area. The festival takes place in autumn.

Sansai-ichi(Kurashiki Morning Market)

Sansai-ichi(Kurashiki Morning Market)

Sansai-ichi is the revival of a regularly held market which started in the Edo Period (1603–1868) and was later discontinued. Starting at 8:00 in the morning, local fruits and vegetables, fresh seafood from the Seto Inland Sea, folk crafts, and more are sold in the shopping arcade in front of JR Kurashiki Station. The market is held on the third Sunday of every month.

Su-Inkyo

Su-Inkyo

Su-Inkyo are humorous jesters wearing the masks of elderly men and women, who walk around stroking the heads of sightseers with Japanese fans. Some say that having your head stroked by them will bring you blessings. They can be found at the Achi Shrine festivals held in May and October every year.

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