Otabi Matsuri (May 14-17)

Photo: hyamaoka

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, there’s a popular festival in Komatsu called the Otabi Matsuri.  It’s one of the three largest festivals in Ishikawa, so if you’re picky about your local festivals, this one is worth checking out.

Like most festivals, there will be food, people, and general excitement, but the festival is most known for children who perform kabuki atop portable shrines (called “hikiyama”).

(FYI, kabuki is a traditional form of Japanese dance/drama.  Performers also wear dramatic makeup)

Get there: Take the train to the JR Komatsu Station (32 min from Kanazawa, approx. 450 yen).  The main area should be about a 10 minute walk from the station.

Cost: Free! But you’ll want to bring money for food and whatnot.

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