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Some of the chrysanthemum dolls at the event (Photo: Geomr/CC By SA 3.0)
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Nanyo Chrysanthemum Festival 2024

A flower festival with over 100 years of history in Yamagata

Venue: Kumano Taisha Shrine and Nanyo Chuo Flower Park When: Early Oct - Early Nov 2024

Yamagata's Nanyo Chrysanthemum Festival takes place from early October to mid-November every year at two venues: the Kumano Taisha Shrine precinct and the Nanyo Chuo Flower Park. This celebration of Japan's national flower comes with over 100 years of history, and the event is said to be the first festival that featured chrysanthemum dolls (known as kiku-ningyo) as part of their display. The chrysanthemum dolls are literally life sized dolls which are decked out with chrysanthemums as their "clothing" - it's an impressive sight to witness!

The dates for the two venues differ this year – the Kumano Taisha Shrine precinct event runs from October 6th until October 16th, and the Nanyo Chuo Flower Park event runs from October 17th until November 5th.

Getting there

The Kumano Taisha Shrine portion of the chrysanthemum festival is located around 16 minutes by car from the Nanyo Takahata IC on the Tohoku Chuo Expressway, and the Nanyo Chuo Flower Park venue is around 13 minutes from the same interchange.

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Elena Lisina 2 years ago
One more interesting event in autumn!
Kim Author 2 years ago
There are quite a few nice chrysanthemum festivals in autumn!
Elena Lisina 3 years ago
This is quite unusual even in Japan, right?
Kim Author 3 years ago
There are a few events with chrysanthemum dolls, but I would still say it's quite a unique form of creative expression! The vast majority of chrysanthemum events I've attended have just involved the flowers rather than dolls like these.

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