270 lanterns dangling like grains of rice
give color to the summer nights

Akita Kanto Festival

 Akita Kanto Festival

Every year from August 3-6, Akita City hosts the Kanto Festival, one of Tohoku’s Three Great Festivals. Festival revelers carry bamboo poles, some up to 12 meters in length, adorned with rows of elaborate paper lanterns to represent the ear of the rice plant. The poles are hoisted high into the air by men in traditional festival dress who carefully balance the heavy poles on their hands, shoulders, backs and even on their foreheads. Cheers of encouragement erupt from the excited spectators who line the streets as over 200 poles are thrust into the air at once, embodying the strength and beauty of Tohoku.

Akita Kanto Executive Committee
On Kanto-Odori Street near JR Akita Station
+81 18 888 5602
http://www.kantou.gr.jp/english/index.htm
Date:
Every August 3 – 6
Access:
About 10 minutes on foot from JR Akita Station.
Craftsmen who used a fishing light which is called as one of the three great northeastern festivals and has a maximum of 50 kilometers glows fantastically in the summer night.