Owase, also known as Owase-shi is a city located in the southern part of Mie Prefecture. The place has a very nice climate with 90% of the city covered with forestry or coastline. Apart from the beautiful places to see there, Owase has popular festivals that are held annually and are participated in by a large number of people. Let’s take a look at 4 of these events.
Owase has very nice fishing towns and beautiful fishing villages. Every Saturday morning of the month, the farmer’s market is held. There, you can see many stalls selling different kinds of local produce from the area such as fresh seafood, dried fish, jam, sea salt and much more. In addition to this, you can also enjoy performances by the local people. It is a great time for tourists to buy local foods popular in the area.
Ya Ya Matsuri is also called the Quarreling Festival which is considered to be the largest in the area. It is held from February 1st-5th. The evenings of February 2nd and 4th are the main focus. At this time, men can be seen parading on the streets while shaking and chanting the word “Ya Ya.” They also drink sake before some participants plunge into the sea. At the end of the festivities, the town holds a street parade which lasts all day. Here, you can see dance performances which are then followed by archery contests.
On the first Saturday of August, this summer festival is held. With several firework displays, many people look forward to this event every year. And at this time, you can see some people wearing their summer festival attire, yukata while enjoying good food that is sold at food stalls. This is a great way to enjoy the summer with family and friends while watching parades of beautiful dances.
Haraso Matsuri is also known as the Fishermen’s Festival. It commemorates the lives of whales lost in the sea. Men are seen rowing in traditional whaling harpoon boats. The beautifully decorated boat is covered with colorful flags. These men are also wearing brightly-colored costumes. The most exciting moment of the festival occurs when one man throws a harpoon into the sea. It is a fun event watching all the participants clustered in one boat.
If you happen to be in Mie during these festivals, don’t miss out on going to Owase to attend them!. Get to know the people’s culture and practices by immersing yourself in the area.