JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.97

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Hachinohe Enburi Festival

Hachinohe Enburi Festival

Japan has a number of local performing arts to pray for a bountiful harvest. One of these is the Hachinohe Enburi, a festival in southern Aomori Prefecture to pray for a rich harvest. Dancers wear large and colorful horsehead-shaped eboshi headdress and dance to express the process from seed planting to harvesting.

This traditional performing art is a ritual to awake the deity of the field believed to be sleeping during the harsh and cold winter, and put people's souls into the field prior to the start of rice-growing. It is believed to have an 800-year history and was designated as a National Important Intangible Folk Culture Property in 1979.

The Hachinohe Enburi Festival is held every year from February 17th to 20th in Hachinohe City, Aomori Prefecture. During the event, visitors can see dance performances by approx. 30 groups taking place throughout the city.

Hachinohe City is also the location of the JMSDF Hachinohe Air Base. This base is home to P-3C fixed-wing patrol aircraft. The main mission of the base include warning and surveillance operations in the northern Sea of Japan and around Hokkaido as well as sea ice observation in the waters off Hokkaido for the safe passage of ships in the area.

Hachinohe Enburi Festival
Hachinohe Enburi Festival
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