Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri 熊谷うちわ祭 Saitama (July)
Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri is held for three days and is considered to be the best Gion Matsuri in the Kanto region. Originally, there was a custom of serving rice boiled with red beans (Kumagaya no Sekihan Furumai) to ward off evil spirits. This custom later changed to one in which fans were distributed instead, and as it gained popularity it became known as Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri. Twelve magnificently decorated floats and portable stages parade around the city area. Particularly impressive is the "Hikiawase Tatakiai", in which each town plays music in competition with the others.
Central city district - Yasaka Jinja, Kumagaya City, Saitama
Get off at Kumagaya station on either the JR Takasaki line or the Chichibu Railway. Approx. 5 min. walk.
Approx. 20 min. from the Higashimatsuyama interchange of the Kan-Etsu Expressway.