The fourth Sunday in October
Yoshikawa Hachimangu Shrine was founded in 1096 and consists of a combination of national and prefectural designated treasures. While the main hall of the shrine has been recognized on the national level, the shrine gate and its signature Tobansai Festival are considered cultural properties for the prefecture.
The fourth Sunday in October is the day when one of the highlights of autumn in Kibichuo Town gets underway. Yoshikawa Hachimangu Tobansai is a festival in which boys take center stage. There is a re-enactment of a warrior procession with its leader (toban), played by a young boy, on horseback.
The participants in the event are chosen at the beginning of the month to make the three-kilometer journey to the shrine. As the group moves through the streets dressed in feudal era costumes, some of its members let out cries of revelry.
Upon reaching the entrance, the leader dismounts his horse and is carried onto the inner grounds of the shrine. Once inside, a series of rituals are performed accompanied by mysterious and enchanting music.
Participants gather under a traditional pavilion and sit cross-legged in a circle. Ceremonial rice wine is poured into shallow vessels for the adults to drink.
Once the main part of the event has ended, participants and visitors cordially exchange greetings and engage in pleasant conversation. The boy who took on the role of leader or toban receives numerous greeting from those in attendance.
Yoshikawa Hachimangu Tobansai is an example of Kibichou Town’s Edo era cultural heritage.
About the Area
Kibichuo Town is a located within the Chugoku Mountains and is comprised of fertile highland farmland and expansive forests. Its natural scenic beauty has long attracted the attention of visitors from around the country and in recent years, international travelers have followed suit. Easily accessible from both Okayama Station and Okayama Airport, Kibichuo Town is the perfect getaway.
Access: Take the Kibi Kougen Rehabilitation Center bound bus from the east side of Okayama Station to the last stop. Yoshikawa Hachimangu Shrine is about a 5 minute taxi ride from the Kibi Kougen Rehabilitation Center.
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