Shinjo Matsuri

A festival of giant floats and lots of food

Venue: Abies When: Late Aug 2021

The otherwise unremarkable city of Shinjo, in Yamagata, is proudly home to Shinjo Matsuri, which is arguably the best festival in Touhoku.

This festival, with its history of 250 years, is celebrated from August 24th to 26th every year, and consists of city-wide parades of giant floats, each depicting a story, over the three days.

It is also remarkable for hosting over 400 stalls selling food, drink, toys and even turtles.

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Hannah Warren

Hannah Warren @hannah.warren

Hannah lives in Sydney and spends most of her time dreaming of being somewhere else. She loves karaoke, hates making plans in advance, and will probably never be able to read a map. 

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Kim B a year ago
Looks like a festival with a great atmosphere!
Elena Lisina 3 years ago
Beautiful photos!