Sanriku Geinoh Festival LINK September,2022-March,2023

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    Hirono Town, Ofunato City,Otsuchi Town etc...

Join Us on a Journey to Encounter Geinoh

The Sanriku coastal area is a treasure trove for geinoh folk performing arts. It is a rare opportunity to see and experience the local performing arts that have been carefully passed down in the region. The geinoh of the Sanriku region retains – ‘the archetype of the folk performing arts’ that have been practiced to drive away evil spirits and ensure a bountiful harvest. The geinoh, which is closely connected to the lives we used to lead, speaks to our hearts in a simple, sometimes powerful, and yet gentle way. Above all, the geinoh has become a “source of comfort” for the people who have recovered from the Great East Japan Earthquake. Please join us to encounter the wonderful geinoh of Sanriku!

A Journey to Encounter Geinoh (Suggested Route)

The Sanriku International Arts Festival will feature two major events in September, the Sanriku Future Geinoh Festival with the Geinoh Meeting, and the Sanriku Kagaribi Bonfire Festival with the Sanriku Blue Line Project. From October, there will be colorful geinoh festivities in various parts of Sanriku, along with local food and sightseeing programs. We present to you a journey that allows the encounter with stories of the people and towns that are striving for colorful regeneration along with the beautiful nature of Sanriku, such as spectacular cliffs and massive rocks.

*The suggested routes are not organized tours. Please use them as a reference for planning your own trip.

Trip to Meet the Young Geinoh Practitioners (Sanriku Future Geinoh Festival)

This is the sightseeing route to enjoy one of the two major events of the Sanriku International Arts Festival, Sanriku Future Geinoh Festival, in which young geinoh practitioners will perform.
Route1|First, enjoy walking around town and eating in Morioka, the gateway to Iwate, where you will be greeted by the majestic Mt. Iwate. Next, come and see a lively performance by young performers in the town of Hirono on the Sanriku coast. There will also be time to experience other local folk performing arts. Enjoy the geinoh of Sanriku to your heart’s delight!
Route2|This is a 3-day, 2-night suggested route in which you can watch and participate in them. The 1st day is to explore the city of Hachinohe and enjoy its local food, nature, and history. The 2nd and 3rd day will focus on events for experience, communication and appreciation, meeting with the young performers. Please enjoy, against the backdrop of the scenery of the Sanriku coastal area, which is also a certified Geopark.

Trip to Encounter Rich and Colorful Geinoh Folk Performing Arts (Sanriku Kagaribi Bonfire Festival and Sanriku Blue Line Project)

This 3-day, and 2-night route is one of the best ways to enjoy “Sanriku Kagaribi (Bonfire) Geinoh-sai,” one of the two biggest events of the Sanriku International Arts Festival this year. On the first day, we visit Chusonji Temple at the World Heritage site Hiraizumi, and Genbikei, a designated Natural Monument. On the second day, we watch “Sanriku Kagaribi (Bonfire) Geinoh-sai,” an event with many folk performing arts from the Sanriku coastal region. We also have an opportunity to appreciate many mosaic artworks along the coastal levee storm surge barrier. Enjoy them as you stroll along with the magnificent view of mountains and the sea. On the third day, we visit Iwate Tsunami Memorial Museum in Rikuzentakata, where we can learn lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake.

With this trip, you can learn the past, the present and the future of Iwate.

What will be your lasting memories after returning from this trip?

Trip to Otsuchi, “Town of Folk Performing Arts”

Otsuchi-cho, Iwate, is located in the middle of the Sanriku Coast. Its main industry is the fishing industry.

Aramakizake,” gutted, salted and lightly dried salmon, is a signature product of the region. The Town has become known as a town of  salmon farming in recent years.

Also known for its folk performing arts, the Town has approximately 20active groups , including kagura, daikagura, shishiodori, and toramai.

During this tour, you will have opportunities to enjoy various activities including riding electronic bicycles to explore the Town, meeting locals and enjoying local gourmet cuisines. You may also join a guided tour visiting shrines and temples, and encounter and enjoy folk performing arts. You can use and develop this itinerary of a 3-day, 2-night trip as you want. Enjoy Otsuchi, “Town of Folk Performing Arts,” to the fullest.

Iwaizumi Town- weave a visit to “Omoto”, the “Nanazumai dance village”

Iwaizumi is surrounded by 1,000 meter peaks on three sides and the sea on the remaining side. It is a special place because it is the largest town in Honshu, Japan with a huge amount of various resources such as matsutake mushrooms and wasabi.

As for local performing arts, various forms have been passed down in various districts, such as the “deer dance”, “Nenbutsu sword dance”, “nanatsumai”, and “sansa dance”. Omoto, for instance, is the only coastal district of Iwaizumi Town. It is commonly known as “Nanazumai no Sato” (literally the Nanazumai dance village) that performing arts like “Nanazumai” and “Nanatsumai” are passed down from generation to generation in four of its districts.

The model course this time includes a visit to the Ryusendo Cave through the Michinoku Coastal Trail, the “Omoto Salmon Festival” with the performance of Oushiuchi Nanatsumai and Nakano Nanatsumai dance in the Omoto area. Let’s take a closer look at this course directing us to a dinosaur fossil called “Moshiryu”.

Are you ready to be amazed by the local performing arts of Iwaizumi and the ancient romance 100 million years ago?

Trip to encounter “Kagura”, Kuji

Kuji City, Iwate, is surrounded by Sanriku Reconstruction National Park and Kuji Hiraniwa Prefectural Natural Park. It is thus a tranquil town blessed with seafood and vegetables. It is also famous as the town of “Northern female divers” catching seafood in the northernmost sea in Japan. The town also possesses abundant cultural resources such as the traditional craft “Kokuji pottery” and “amber”- it is in fact the region with the greatest production quantity.

In terms of local performing arts, in addition to “kagura” (traditional ritual dances) such as Natsui-Daibonten Kagura, Yamane Kagura, and Heromachi Kagura, Oitaira Koma Odori is also well preserved in the area. Let “28th Kuji City Folk Performing Arts Festival & Latitude 40°N Nanyatoyara Federation Folk Performing Arts Festival” open your eyes- it is, of couese, the purpose of your trip indeed. Be amazed by the dance, as well as the costume and the historical stories it embraced.

Guide to Annual Matsuri and Other Events


Noda Village “Koshogatu” Event (First Full Moon Festival)

Date|Jan. 5th (Sun) , 2023

Locate|Morning session- “Sonminhiroba” (Villager Plaza at Noda Village Office)
Evening onward – Throughout the village


Hashikami Wase Enbburi Festival

Date|February 5th(Sun),2023

Locate|Wasse Koryu Center

Miyako Folk Performing Arts Festival

Date|February 5th(Sun),2023

Locate|Miyako Civic Cultural Hall, Main Hall


NPO Iwate Arts Support Center
3F Morioka Odori Bldg. 15-7 1-chome Minami Odori, Morioka, Iwat e 020-0874
TEL|+81-70-8550-0521 (direct)


Sanriku International Arts Festival 2022 REVIVE
– An FY 2022 Japan Cultural Expo Project Presented and Co-presented by Japan Arts Council and Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan

Organized by|Sanriku International Arts Committee, Japan Arts Council, and Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan 
Co-organized by|Hachinohe City, Hashikami Town, Hirono Town, Kuji City, Noda Village, Fudai Village, Tanohata Village, Iwaizumi Town, Miyako City, Yamada Town, Otsuchi Town, Kamaishi City, Ofunato City, Rikuzentakata City, Sumita Town, Sanriku Railway Co., Ltd., Japan Folk Performing Arts Association, NPO Iwate Arts Support Center, and NPO Japan Contemporary Dance Network
Cooperated by|NPO Shinsai Regain, imajimu LLC, Tohoku Cultural Property Video Research Institute, Minna no Shirushi LLC