• Yugawara Yassa Festival
  • Yugawara Yassa Festival
  • Yugawara Yassa Festival

"The Yassa Festival," in which little children and a portable shrine dance in a parade along the streets, shouting "Yassa, mossa!" enthusiastically, is the biggest event at Yugawara Onsen.

“The Yassa Festival,” in which little children and a portable shrine dance in a parade along the streets, shouting “Yassa, mossa!” enthusiastically, is the biggest event at Yugawara Onsen.

“The Yassa Festival” is said to be derived from the “Sanehira Dance” started by Sanehira Jiro Doi, the lord of Doi-go (now Yugawara,) for his people’s personal security. Sanehira is known for acting as the major driving force for the revival of the Minamonto clan.
After the establishment of the Kamakura shogunate, Sanehira, highly acclaimed for his abilities, was dispatched to Aki Province (Hiroshima Prefecture) to ensure the security of the Seto Inland Sea, and made numerous achievements there. After his death, people of his domain gave birth to what is now the “Mihara Yassa,” in memory of his outstanding virtue.
Yugawara’s “Sanehira Dance” was discontinued a long time ago, but the townspeople’s love and respect for Sanehira built up, and prompted this “Mihara Yasa” to be taken in and revived as “the Yugawara Yassa.”

 

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Yassa Festival Part 1

Date  Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
Running time  18:00 – 21:00
 Rain date  Thursday, August 4th
Course Yugawara Elementary School – Sakuragi Park
 Contents Girl Scouts of Kanagawa, 9th Group
Yugawara Junior High School Brass Band Club
Yassa Dance Traditional Tune Hour (a contest where the dance is performed by many different groups of children and adults)
Mikoshi (portable shrine)
Floats

Yassa Festival Part 2

Date  Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016
Running time  18:00 – 19:30
Rain date  Saturday, August 6th
Course  Along Makuyama Park Street
 Contents  Girl Scouts of Kanagawa, 9th Group
Yugawara Junior High School Brass Band Club
Yassa Dance Traditional Tune Hour (a dance contest)
Mikoshi (portable shrine)
Floats

Yugawara Onsen Fireworks Display at Sea

Dates  ※Held twice.
Monday, July 18th (rain date: to be announced)
Wednesday, August 3rd (rain date: Saturday, August 6th)
 Running time  8:00 p.m. – 8::30 p.m.
 Venue  Off the coast of the Yugawara Sun Bathing Beach
 Scheduled number of fireworks  About 6,000