The first day of the festival is full of performances by local and regional celebrities and activities for the enjoyment of festival-goers. Shinwa means communication of or with the gods and the theme of this celebration is connected to the heritage of Izumo as a place where deities gather. In a sense, the festival is a way to summon them.
The gods are supposed to appear and then remain in the area for a set amount of time before returning to their world. Their presence is thought to be auspicious, bringing good fortune to the land.
Around 8000 fireworks are launched on the second day of this summer festival held in mid-August at 8pm along the Hiikawa River. As an added treat, the local commercial high school’s brass band performs at the same time, adding to the excitement.
About the Area
Shimane Prefecture can be understood best by making a distinction between its eastern and western halves. The east is made up of the cities and towns near and around Lake Shinji and Lake Nakaumi.
The major municipalities include the cities of Yasugi, Matsue and Izumo. An area of exception that should also be in this category is the Oki Island Archipelago, which is 75-85 kilometers off the coast. The eastern region of Shimane has the largest population and is home to the prefectural capital, Matsue City.
Western Shimane Prefecture or more precisely the southwest, includes the cities of Masuda and Hamada as well as the Tsuwano Town on the border with Yamaguchi Prefecture. The western half of Shimane is characterized by its natural beauty from the hinterland to the coast.
The cultural bond that unites the entire prefecture can be found in the shared reverence for the history, myths and legends of the land. One example is the Kagura dance for the gods that is performed throughout Shimane in several variations.
Access: Take the Super Yakumo Express train to JR Izumo-shi Station. Walk for 2 minutes to the Ichibata Electric Railway Station. Take the Ichibata Electric Railway Kita Matue Line to Otsu-machi Station. It is about a 15 minute walk from Otsu-machi Station to the fireworks festival.
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