Sep 27
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Sep 28

Okunitama Shrine Autumn Festival/Chestnut Festival

9:00am – 9:00pm
Free

Editor’s note: This event happens on the same date each year, but the shrine has not updated their site in relation to COVID-19 restrictions or cancellation, so attend at your own risk.

The Autumn Festival at Okunitama Jinja Shrine is also called the Chestnut Festival because—you guessed it—the region is known for its top-quality chestnuts. Apparently, they were presented to the Tokugawa Clan during the Edo period because they are that good.

This festival has a lot of history, going back all the way to 1738. Because the chestnut season overlapped with the kagura dance rituals, the festival became known as the “Chestnut Festival.”

Each year a yoimatsuri (a kind of pre-festival festival) is held on September 27th before the main festival the next day. Besides eating chestnuts, the highlight is the 260 paper lanterns that light the area. Started in 1925, in the present day hand-drawn pictures are sketched on the lamps, which makes for a fun display.

For more on autumn sweets, see here.

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