It has a long history from 1750 to present and continues to today.
The name “Uchiwa Festival” is said to be named after the fact that in the past during the festival when people purchased something, a Uchiwa (Fan) is presented as a free gift and it gained great popularity.
On the first day of the festival, the Deity is sacredly transferred from the branch shrine of Kyoto Yasaka Jinja Shrine which is located in the city of Kumagaya to the main venue by a portable shrine.
On the 12 vehicles named “Dashi” or “Yatai” on which a band is located, musical accompaniments are played as an offering to the Deity, and by these actions it is prayed that a huge harvest and prosperous business will occur.
It is a big event representing the city of Kumagaya Fireworks are fired off on the river bank of the Arakawa River which is only a 5 minute walk from Kumagaya Station.
You can fully enjoy the summer nights of Kumagaya which are known for their high temperature.
Many fireworks are shot off by supporting citizens, stores and companies in Kumagaya while their names and PR messages are announced.
Please enjoy Japan in a variety of ways such as viewing the huge fireworks's which are displayed in the night sky while wearing traditional Japanese summer wear (Yukata) or eating finger foods of Japanese cuisine.
About 500 cherry trees are planted along a 2km bank of the Arakawa River which is only a 5 minute walk from Kumagaya Station.
It is both enjoyable to view the cherry blossoms from the top of the bank and to pass through a cherry blossom “tunnel” below the crest of the bank.
“Spring in Japan” is known for cherry blossoms, so we eagerly recommend you to see our cherry blossoms.
Nogoji Temple in Kumagaya is called the “Hydrangea Temple” as a nickname, and in June, various colored hydrangea flowers bloom.
The contrast between beautiful hydrangea flowers and the temple bell tower is very beautiful and a preferred location for photographers.
We also want you to get a sense of enjoyment of the rainy season called “Tsu-yu” which is a period between spring and summer and not classified as any one of the Japanese specific four seasons.
It is said that from the past this place has a divine favor for marriage. It has functioned as a place of relief for many people such as a romantic go-between for a man and a woman, and opportunities for friendship and businesses.
The best highlights to see are the really gorgeous sculptures and carvings of the Shodendo.
In the vicinity of the Shodendo, there are many quaint shops and Japanese-style confection stores which utilize old historic Japanese houses and also shops in which the friendly owner welcomes you, so why don't you enjoy a relaxed stroll of discovery.
Kumagaya is the one of the leading producers of wheat in Japan.
You can enjoy specific textures with chewability and delicious flavors, all different from pasta.
We want you to taste “Udon” which is a Japanese specific food made only in Japan.
Gokabo is a typical traditional confection of Kumagaya.
It is made of natural ingredients such as glutinous rice, soybean and starch syrup and so it is a healthy sweet as well.
Especially, one of its ingredients, “Kinako”, roasted soybean flour, contains rich vegetable fats such as isoflavone, linoleic acid, alpha-linolenic acid, oleic acid and lecithin.
We want you to taste the superb flavor consisting of a slight sweetness and a roasted flavor with a sticky texture.
Yukikuma is a typical Japanese cool sweet representing Japanese Summer which is made by shaving ice made of Kumagaya water into like a soft snow onto which each respective shop's specific sweet syrup is poured.
Since each shop has created various different tastes by conducting their own ingenious efforts, please try several shops' Yukikuma.
Especially in summer, it can be very hot in Kumagaya, therefore you can really enjoy Yukikuma more pleasurably.
Incidentally, there are shops where even in winter, Yukikuma is offered, so it is necessary to check for this information as well.
Kumagaya is a city in which the textile dyeing industry historically flourished.
Woven goods which are dyed into Japanese historic and traditional patterns such as Kimonos (Japanese clothes), washcloths, handkerchiefs, shop curtains and scarves are cool and very attractive.
Why don't you get some such items as a souvenir?
Since historically, the rugby teams of high schools and colleges in Kumagaya were very strong, the city has developed highest grade rugby fields, and as a reward the Kumagaya Rugby Field has been selected as one of the 12 rugby fields for the World Cup.
We will take this opportunity to make the city of Kumagaya into the world famous city of Kumagaya not just Kumagaya city of Japan.
Please help us to achieve our dream.