Mibu no Hana Taue

Kita-Hiroshima's annual rice-planting ceremony

By Emmie Tsumura    - 1 min read
Venue: Mibu, Kitahiroshima, Yamagata District, Hiroshima 731-1515, Japan When: Sunday - Jun 5th 2022

Mibu no Hana Taue is a traditional rice-planting ritual performed in Northern Hiroshima on the first Sunday of June. It was awarded UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage status in 2011.

Hana Taue originated from around 1400 and the festival is held to offer prayers for a good harvest and work safety, creating a meeting place between men and women, and even to introduce new family members such as brides and bridegrooms.

This unique celebration blesses the year ahead for a bountiful harvest; this further pertains to relationships and other avenues of life. It's a truly historical Japanese experience where one can feel the age of tradition surrounding them.

No spectators will be permitted on the grounds in 2022.

Getting there

This festival is held across many rice fields in Mibu, Hiroshima.

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Emmie Tsumura

Emmie Tsumura @emmie.tsumura

Living and working in downtown Hiroshima for the past seven years. When I'm not writing or teaching, I'm taking photos or foodspotting. My travel style: I like the night - I like the day. I try and hit all the big sightseeing spots, but making a connection and learning about the people is the most important thing for me. I tend towards things slightly off the beaten path, and will travel for food. My life in Hiroshima has been one serendipitous moment after another. Cheers and hope you have a great time in Japan!

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JJ Walsh 8 years ago
Great photos- looks like a fun festival!