GUNMA Tourist Guide of Gunma Prefecture

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  • Numata Festival

    The floats and portable shrines parading through the streets of Numata City are soul-stirring. "Dai-tengu Mikoshi", Japan's largest portable shrine with giant long-nose goblin mask carried exclusively by women, is enormously popular as a highlight of the festival. Women from throughout the country carry the "Dai-tengu Mikoshi" and enliven the festival.

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  • Ohinata no Hitoboshi (Hitoboshi fire show at Ohinata)

    This is famous for being the largest remaining fire festival in the prefecture. On the Ohinata-bashi Bridge, people burn straw on the end of two to three meter ropes and spin them around. The floating rings of fire create a mystical scene in the darkness.

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  • Kiryu Yagibushi Festival

    Joshu (Gunma) region's traditional Yagibushi dance moves to the high-spirited rhythm made by hitting barrels, while twirling umbrellas. This lively dance is performed through the streets of Kiryu during the festival.

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