Owara Kaze no Bon おわら風の盆 Toyama (Sept.)
Owara Kaze no Bon has a history of over 300 years. It is a folk singing ritual passed down in Etchu-Yatsuo. Songs and dances are performed on the 210th day, which has traditionally been the time when a typhoon comes. People pray to be spared by the wind and for bumper crop harvests. The old town is lit by paper lanterns, and men and women in bamboo hats dance gracefully to the mournful sounds of the kokyu and the romantic tones of the shamisen. It has a refinement which does not seem like folksong, and so is also called “artistic folksong”.
Yatsuo-machi, Toyama City, Toyama
From Toyama station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen / the JR Takayama main line go approx. 25 min. to Etchuyatsuo station. Approx. 40 min. walk.
From Toyamaeki-mae bus stop take a bus bound for Yatsuokagami-machi and get off after approx. 50 min. at Yatsuomachi-fukujima bus stop. Approx. 30 min. walk.
From the Toyama interchange of the Hokuriku Expressway, drive approx. 25 min. along National Route 41 then prefectural Route 35 as far as the car park from where the shuttle bus departs.
From the Toyama-Nishi interchange of the Hokuriku Expressway, drive approx. 20 min. along National Route 472 as far as the car park from where the shuttle bus departs.
The shuttle bus takes approx. 10 min. from the car park to the venue, followed by an approx. 5 min. walk after getting off.