Ichinoya Yasaka Shrine Reitaisai, or "Garlic Festival" is scheduled to be held on Sunday July 2nd. This is one of the traditional festivities held in Tsukuba and garlic is sold at stalls as a charm for getting rid of bad luck and diseases. Because the festival is on Sunday this year, the procession of mikoshi (portable shrine) is to be held on the same day from 16:30 to 18:30. We have heard that the Mayor of Tsukuba will visit the shrine to watch the procession.
If you like, you can join them in carrying mikoshi on your shoulder on that day as they say beginners and foreigners are very welcome. They also offer to lend you a hanten (special gown worn by mikoshi carriers). Since the number of hanten available is limited, please make a reservation as soon as possible.
Place: Ichinoya Yasaka Shrine (Tamatori, Tsukuba City) Contact: 029-864-8203 (Okada)
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