March 2017 – The Lucky Island Events

Tsutsuko-hiki FestivalName: Tsutsuko-hiki Festival

Area: Date city

Date: March 5th (Sunday)

Address: Ikutsushima Shrine: 1-1 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture 739-0588

Details: This massive tug-of-war contest is held every year in Date city. Three different teams compete to pull a giant bag of steamed glutinous rice weighing 800 kilograms. The festival is to pray for good harvests, business, and health for the coming year, and is also said to be one of the top 10 festivals in Fukushima prefecture.

Website: http://www.tif.ne.jp/jp/event/event_disp.php?id=3966&year=2017&mon=3&day=0&area=&keyword=

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Fukushima Heart ProjectName: Happy and Thanks Heart Project

Area: Fukushima City

Date: March 4th (Saturday) and 5th (Sunday)

Address: Fukushima city parks

Details: The Happy and Thanks Heart Project consists of illuminations, a stage show, and a market. The illuminations will be located at various well-known places around the city and will be up until March 12th. The stage show will feature performances to celebrate the progress that has been made since the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, and the market will benefit the recovery efforts for the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, as well as the earthquake that hit Kumamoto prefecture last year.

Website: http://www.tif.ne.jp/jp/event/event_disp.php?id=4012&year=2017&mon=3&day=0&area=&keyword=

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Mishima Knitted Goods FestivalName: National Knitted Goods Exhibition

Area: Mishima town

Date: March 18th (Saturday) and 19th (Sunday)

Address: Mishima Community Center, 〒969-7402 福島県大沼郡三島町名入諏訪ノ上418 (Fukushima-ken Onuma-gun Mishima-machi Mei-ire Suwa no Ue 418)

Details: This exhibition taking place in the small town of Mishima (located in Oku-Aizu) will feature knitted goods made from materials found around the country. Some of the goods will be available for purchase, as well as for viewing.

Website: http://www.okuaizu-amikumi.jp/

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Bandai Fune-hiki FestivalName: Bandai Shrine Fune-hiki Festival and Shrine Maidens’ Ceremonial Dance

Area: Bandai town

Date: March 20th (Monday)

Address: Bandai Shrine, 〒969-3102 福島県耶麻郡猪苗代町西峰6199 (Fukushima-ken Yama-gun Inawashiro-machi Nishinomiya 6199)

Details: This tug-of-war festival is held every year to predict the quality of the harvest for the coming year. The tug-of-war competition is held three times, with two teams representing the east and west. If the western team wins, the crops will be plentiful in the coming year, and if the eastern team wins, the price of rice will increase.

Website: http://www.town.bandai.fukushima.jp/site/kanko/eizo_geinoh.html

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