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Otabi-matsuri Festival

Is it true that Kabuki(歌舞伎) can be enjoyed only at the Kabuki theaters?

No, it's not true. You can enjoy it even on the street at the in Komatsu city, Ishikawa Prefecture. It is said that the festival was started in the middle of 17th century in connection with a famous local Samurai load, Toshitsune Maeda, the 3rd hereditary chieftain of the Maeda clan. At the festival, the Children Kabuki performances are staged on the magnificent Hikiyama which is a kind of portable shrines elaborately and gorgeously decorated for celebrating the festival. You can also enjoy seeing the illumination of the golden shining Hikiyamas at the night event called "Hikiyama Hakki Hikizoroe (8 Hikiyamas assemblies)". And more events entertain the audiences. The festival is held annually in May.

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