August 2017 The Lucky Island Events

Name: Uneme Festival うねめ供養祭

Date: Thursday to Saturday 8/3-8/5

Area: Koriyama

Time: ~12 pm

Address: In front of Koriyama Station

Details: This is the biggest festival in Koriyama which originated from the legend of Uneme (court lady) in the Nara period. As a symbol of summer, the town is adorned with Uneme lanterns and the drums can be heard all throughout the streets while everyone joins in dance and wearing yukata.


Name:  Waraji Festival わらじまつり

Date: Friday 8/4 and Saturday 8/5

Area: Fukushima City

Time: 4 pm on Friday, 10 am on Saturday

Address: 960-8034 Okitamacho, Fukushima-shi, Fukushima

Details: Would you like to see some locals parade around a straw sandal that is 12 meters long and weighs 2t? well You’re in luck because this is the festival for you. Accompanied by many groups of dancers and festival food, the Waraji Festival is one of the biggest festivals in all of Tohoku.


Name: Iwaki Fireworks いわき花火大会

Date: Saturday 8/5 (Rain day Sunday 8/6)

Area: Iwaki

Time: 7 pm to 9 pm

Address: 971-8101 Onahama, Iwaki-shi, Fukushima

Details: Watch 12,000 fireworks of different shapes, sizes and colors light up the Iwakian sky. This year’s theme is “Magic in the night sky”


Name:  Soma Bon Odori Festival 相馬盆踊り大会

Date: Sunday 8/13- Monday 8/14

Area: Soma City

Time: 5 pm

Address: 976-0042 相馬市中村字北町55-1相馬市千客万来館1階

Details: Observe the Soma Bon Odori dance competition in this year’s festival that has been expanded to two days! The dance is performed to the town song “相馬盆歌”Enjoy general festival food and a fireworks display.


Name: Motomiya Summer Festival

Date: Tuesday 8/15- Saturday 8/16

Area: Motomiya City

Time: 12 pm- 7pm, Fireworks display on Wednesday 8 pm- 9 pm

Address: JR本宮駅前目抜き通り

Details: Although only a local festival, this one promises to bring you plenty of enjoyment. You will find events from typical festival games to a haunted house! Even though it’s during the week, it will be worth your time.


Name: Date Drum Festival だてな太鼓まつり

Date: Sunday 8/20

Area: Date

Time: 8:30 am – 9:00 pm

Address: 960-0634 Fukushima Prefecture, Date, 保原町大泉宮脇265

Details: Come and enjoy a day full of Taiko drumming, brought to you by some local drumming groups, Ryozan Taiko as well as high school groups and other performances.


Name: Kawamata Shamo Festival 川俣シャモまつり

Date: Saturday 8/26- Sunday 8/27

Area: Kawamata, Fukushima

Time: Sat 10a-8p and Sun 9a-3p

Address: 960-1463 川俣町字樋ノ口11

Details: Do you enjoy chicken or just eating in general? If so, this is the perfect festival for you! You can find chicken in any shape you can imagine, enjoy dance performances, taiko performances among others and be witness to the breaking of the world record for the longest chicken spin. Can’t miss it! Buy yourself a whole chicken.


Name: Sukagawa Shakado River Fireworks Festival

Date: Saturday 8/26

Area: Sukagawa City

Time: 7 pm- 8:30 pm

Address: 962-0851 Nakajuku, Sukagawa-shi, Fukushima

Details: This is the spectacle that promises to be the biggest fireworks display of all of Fukushima prefecture. Enjoy gazing at the night sky as thousands of colorful pyrotechnics illuminate it. Choreographed to the rhythm of the music, you’ll see famous fireworks such as the Niagara.