Festivals & Events
Hachinohe Enburi Festival 八戸えんぶり
A four-day festival that celebrates spring's arrival with special folk dances
Hachinohe, a city on the coast of Aomori Prefecture , celebrates the arrival of spring with an annual event called Hachinohe Enburi, which takes place from February 17 to 20.
- The enburi dances, which are a National Important Intangible Folk Property of Japan
- The eboshi hats that are shaped like a horse's neck
- The Kagaribi-enburi dances at night by bonfires
How to Get There
Hachinohe Enburi is held in the city center of Hachinohe, the second-largest city in Aomori Prefecture , and can be reached by train and is a few-minutes' walk from the station.
Hachinohe City can be accessed by Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo. Get off at Hachinohe Station and transfer to the Hachinohe Line. Hon-Hachinohe Station, the closest station to where the event is held, is located two stops away from Hachinohe Station.
The central festival locations of Hachinohe Public Hall and the stage in front of the City Office are a short walk from Hon-Hachinohe Station, and Chojasan Shinra-jinja is a 20-minute walk from Hon-Hachinohe Station.
Farm tools to festivals
The Hachinohe Enburi is believed to have started during the Kamakura period (1185-1333) when some retainers of Mitsuyuki Nanbu, the founder of the Nanbu clan, were said to have started dancing with swords at a New Year's drinking party, causing a ruckus. A tactful farmer named Toukuro, who was in the vicinity, picked up his farming tools and began singing a rice-planting song, putting the situation to rest. This eventually led to the creation of the enburi dances.
Fast and slow
There are two types of enburi dances, Naga-enburi and Dosai-enburi. The Naga-enburi are slow and graceful, while the Dosai-enburi are lively and full of energy.
Both are performed by dancers wearing colorful costumes with the long, horse neck-shaped eboshi hat on top. The costumes and dances are a designated National Important Intangible Folk Property of Japan.
A fiery celebration every night
The festival closes each night with a bonfire, held in the public square in front of Hachinohe City Office. The performances at night have a dreamlike quality that is distinct from the events held all day.
Try the piping-hot amazake—a sweet, fermented rice drink—and Hachinohe senbei soup; these traditional treats will help you imagine yourself as a lord or lady in ancient Japan.
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