[2024 Edition] Gorgeous! What is the "Kusatsu Post Festival" where parades parade in costumes of princesses, lords, etc.?

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Gorgeous! Glittering! The Daimyo procession is in attendance! We would like to introduce you to the "Kusatsu Post Festival" which will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2024!

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Kusatsu City, Shiga Prefecture, which can be reached in 20 minutes by train from Kyoto

Kusatsu City, Shiga Prefecture, is attracting attention because of its convenient proximity to Kyoto. There are also plenty of accommodation facilities and restaurants. Recommended for a relaxing break from the crowds. Approximately 20 minutes from Kyoto by train (JR Biwako Line). Approximately 50 minutes from Osaka Station. It is also connected to the expressway and is easily accessible by car.

What is Kusatsu Post Festival?

The photo shows the 51st historical procession.<br>
The photo shows the 51st historical procession.

This festival recreates the bustle of Kusatsu-juku during the Edo period and allows citizens to enjoy modern-day Kusatsu.

It started in 1969 and will be held for the 56th time in 2024.

The predecessor of the ``Shukuba Festival'' is the ``Sakura Festival,'' which started in 1948. In time with the blooming of the cherry blossom trees planted to commemorate the graduation of Kusatsu Elementary School, people dressed in yukata and hanagasa parade about 1 km from Tachiki shrine to Oshioi Shrine, dancing the post festival dance, and enjoying cherry blossom viewing. It was an event to enjoy.

After the 20-year-old ``Saku Matsuri'' ended, the ``Kusatsu Post Festival'' was born.

The first parade was held on April 12th and 13th, 1969, and the parade was held from Tachiki shrine through the shopping district of the old post town to Oshioi Shrine. The parade at that time consisted of a drum and flute corps, baton girls, a parade of open cars, and a procession of feudal lords that imitated the rotation of the city leaders by the mayor and city council president, and was said to have attracted about 20,000 people.

About the 56th Kusatsu Post Festival

The Kusatsu Post Festival, a major spring event representing Kusatsu City, will be held along the Tokaido Route in front of JR Kusatsu Station and at Kusatsu River Site Park de Ai Hiroba.

Date and time: April 28, 2024 (Sunday) 10:00-15:00

*Cancelled due to rain (will be announced on the official website, Instagram, etc. on the morning of the day)

Historical procession venue: Tokaido route area (Tachiki shrine- Signpost(Oiwake))

Stage/Nigiwai Booth: Kusatsugawa Site Park de Ai Hiroba

Official website: https://932matsuri.com/

*On the day of the event, traffic will be restricted on the highway from 9:30 to 13:30. Please see the website for details.

*Please refrain from coming to the venue by car on the day of the event.

``Jidai Procession'' returns on the Tokaido Route for the first time in 5 years

The 51st Time Parade<br>
The 51st Time Parade

The main event, the Jidai Parade, which was held before the coronavirus pandemic, was held on the Tokaido Route for the first time in five years, with approximately 70 people dressed as Edo period characters including Atsuhime, Kazunomiya, and Tokugawa Iesada. Masu. The procession will be streamed live on YouTube on the day of the event.

Click here for the YouTube broadcast of the day ( https://932matsuri.com/ )

de Ai Hiroba “Stage”

On the main stage of de Ai Hiroba, junior high and high schools from Kusatsu City will perform with brass bands, as well as the Sanyare Dance from Kusatsu (Nagatsuka). There will also be an introduction to the history of Kusatsu-shuku Honjin and the Shimazu-Sadowara domain, as well as performances of Japanese dance, and the stage will be named after Kusatsu.

Local characters gather! "Tabimaru-kun" from Kusatsu City, "Zenigata-kun" from sister city Kanonji City, Kagawa Prefecture, "Yumomi-chan" from friendship city Kusatsu Town, Gunma Prefecture, and "Date Masamune and Aihime" from Date City, Fukushima Prefecture will appear. and promote each town.

de Ai Hiroba “Nigiwai Booth”

The 55th Nigiwai booth<br>
The 55th Nigiwai booth

At the Nigiwai Booth, there will be plenty of fun for adults and children alike, including food and beverage booths, product exhibitions from each city, job awareness, and experience booths!

In addition, there will be an experience corner for the sport "Molukku", which was created in 1996 based on the traditional game of Kiikka in the Karelia region of Finland! Scores are added up based on the contents of the pins thrown and knocked down in a competitive system, and the first one to reach exactly 50 points wins. Those who experience Moluk will receive a limited quantity of ``Pine Ame'' from Pine Ame Co., Ltd., which has a factory in Kusatsu City!

Experience period parade costumes at Kusatsu-juku Honjin!

Costume rental image<br>
Costume rental image

In addition to the main venue, various events are held around Kusatsu Station, and at Kusatsu-juku Honjin, you can try on period costumes. Wouldn't it be a good idea to dress up in Edo-period costumes and enjoy taking photos in a historical building?

This time we introduced Kusatsu Post Festival, a major spring event in Kusatsu City, Shiga Prefecture. Please come and visit us.

Kusatsu Post Festival Homepage

Please also take a look at tourist facilities and model courses.

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