Sawara Taisai: Sawara

MATSURI: The Heartbeat of Japan

10m 00s
Broadcast on February 23, 2023 Available until February 23, 2028

Sawara Taisai consists of summer and autumn festivals that look back 300 years, to a time when Sawara, in Chiba Prefecture, was a vibrant cultural center. Large floats, featuring motifs such as carp and falcons, are paraded through the streets. Each belongs to a different local district, which take turns managing the festival and coordinating float movements. Every three years, a handover ceremony is held to mark the change. The festival has been certified as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.

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