Festival in Yatsuo
Yatsuo, a hilly town, is well known for Owara Kaze no Bon festival. The town prospered as a commercial town that traded silk yarn and Japanese paper during the Edo period. Townspeople sing and dance for three days and nights from September 1st to 3rd every year. The town is filled with an air of excitement during that period of time, which is entirely different from the usual quiet town. Lanterns along several streets are lit after dark and create a fantastic ambience. To the accompaniment of the sounds of shamisen (a three-stringed musical instrument), drums and kokyu (Chinese fiddle), plaintive Owara folk songs are heard. Townspeople wearing the same happi coats or yukata and hats, which are made of woven straw, dance around the town.
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