TOP
Yamagata

酒田まつり

酒田まつり (Sakata Festival) is one of the biggest festivals in Yamagata. The festival began in 1609 and it has never skipped since then. The festival included parades of portable shrines and floats. The three-day long festival has several food stalls in downtown Sakata and in the city park, Hiyoriyama. I managed to come on the second day where they had the parade. It was a hot and sunny day, but there were large crowds of people lining up the streets. I live in a relatively “small” town, so I was shocked to see so many people in the festival. There was a long street that was lined up with several food stalls. I was told about 350 stalls showed up for the festival. This particular street happens to lead to the city park.

My friends and I enjoyed watching the parade. There were some interesting floats. There were people carrying shrines, dancers, musicians, and a few were pouring sake to the spectators.  I think the best part was when two elementary schools were talking to my friend and me. The girls knew that we spoke English. So, they tried their best to speak English to us. I thought it was adorable when they asked for a photo with them.

The parade began at 1 and took a break after an hour. Then, the parade started again at 3. My friends and I walked around the food stalls during the break. It was really hot, so we tried to find some shade before the sun burned us. The second wave of parades was pretty cool to see. You constantly hear drums, flutes, and people singing or yelling.

As the sun was setting, we headed to the city park to relax. The park was filled with food stalls and people. It was a nice way to end a long day.

«

»

2 COMMENTS
  • Annie
    3 months ago

    awww that sounds really nice. festivals in Japan seem so enjoyable… I hope I can go to one someday!

    • Vi
      3 days ago
      AUTHOR

      Yes! Japan is awesome!

what do you think?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe for my latest adventure!

Instagram

  • It's not real until you get a little lost - @alanhpham 
_____________________________
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
#japan #yamagata #shirataka #hiking #hikingtime #hikingadventures #hikingaddict  #jetprogram #jetprogramme2017 #jetprogramme #travels #nature #naturephotography #natureart #mountshirataka #mtshirataka #naturelover #venturewithvi #日本 #山形県 #庄内 #白鷹山 #maya10
  • That one time I got too excited to see snow. 
__________________________
.
.
.
.
.
.
#japan #yamagata #yamagatagram #shonai #shonainstagram #yuza #mtchokai #mtchokaisan #jetprogramme #jetprogramme2017 #hiking #hikingtime #hikingadventures #hikingaddict #jetprogram #snow #mountainhiking #mountains #日本 #山形県 #庄内 #鳥海山 #nature #naturephotography #naturelovers #venturewithvi #hikinginjapan #hikinginyamagata #womanwhohike #hikingwomanforlife
  • >insert cheesy quote about life< PC: @alanhpham 
_______________________________

#japan #yamagata #shirataka #nature #naturephotography #naturelovers #hiking #hikingadventures #hikingtrail #venturewithvi #road #clouds #cloud #cloudporn #jetprogramme #travels #mountshirataka #lifequotes #photography #jetphotography #mountains #naturetrails #hikinginjapan #hikingtime #hikingday #japanhikingadventures
  • After 4 months, I finally updated my website. Link in bio. 🙃

_______________________________
#venturewithvi #japan #yamagta #chokai #chokaisan #yuza #shoani #nature #naturephotography #jetprogramme #jetprogramme #hiking #hikingadventures #lakechokai
  • It got weird at CB Jam. 
_______________________________

#japan #yamagata #shonai #gassan #cbjam #cherryboy #tripyamagata #musicfestival #canonsl1 #canonglobal #music #festival
  • Mt. Chokai take #2. I don't like people taking my picture, which explains my face. Thanks, @philipharry!

_______________________________ 
#japan #yamgata #shonai #yuza #chokai #chokaisan #mountchokai #jetprogramme #jet #jetprogram #hiking #hikingadventures #nature #naturephotography #autumn #autumn #fall #tohoku #northernjapan #mountain #日本 #山形県 #庄内 #秋 #山 #東北 #遊佐 #遊佐町 #鳥海山
  • I spy with my little eye something yellow and cute! 
_______________________________

#japan #yamagata #yuza #chokai #chokaisan #mtchokai #naturalspring #naturalsprings #springs #nature #naturephotography #tripyamagata #hiking #hikingadventures #iphonese #jetphotographyclub #jet #jetprogram #jetprogramme
  • A beautiful day for a hike to the waterfalls. 
_______________________________
#japan #yamagata #yuza #chokai #chokaisan #hiking #hikingadventures #waterfalls #ninotaki #secondwaterfall #nature #naturephotography #iphonese #jetphotography #jetphotographyclub #ymgt_cool

Follow Me!