Kesen-cho Kenka Tanabata Matsuri 気仙町けんか七夕祭り Iwate (Aug.)
Kesencho Kenka Tanabata is a matsuri which has been passed down for 900 years in Kesen-cho, Rikuzentakata City. The highlight is the sight of 4-ton floats crashing into each other to the sound of fervent drumming. It is an image which does not fit with the name “tanabata” - a romantic legend about the meeting of two deities. The sound of the drums, including Ayumi-daiko, Yasumi-daiko and Kenka-daiko, leads the battle and generates excitement. It is an Intangible Folk Cultural Property designated by Iwate Prefecture.
See here for the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) matsuri page.
Kesen-cho, Rikuzentakata City, Iwate
From JR Ichinoseki Station take a bus bound for Sakari Station, and get off at Kesen Chugakko Mae (two buses per day)
From the Ichinoseki Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway, take National Route 284 then National Route 45. Approx. 1 hr. 30 min. to Kesen Shogakko.