This festival is held every six years.
Onbashira comes from Onbashira Festival or Pillar Festival held in the Lake suwa area of Nagano, Japan. The purpose of this festival is to renew the Suwa Grand Shrine, one of the three oldest and most ornate structures of its kind. The origin of this festival began 1200 years ago. The people living in the area, todays Nagano, participate in this festival every six years, on the anniversary of renewing.
Kitaro was inspired by this festival and the people cherishing nature and was inspired to create the album “Gaia-Onbashira” in 1998. This album is a far-reaching journey that brings together influences of the East and West, past and present, history and future. These tracks resonate with earthly sounds and the history embodied in pre-Columbian wind and percussion instruments.
[Onbashira Festival Schedule]
Upper shrine (Kamisha)
Yamadashi: April 2nd (Sat.), 3rd(Sun.)*, 4th (Mon.)*
Satohiki: May 3rd (Tue.), 4th (Wed.), 5th (Thurs.)
Lower shrine (Shimosha)
Yamadashi: April 8th (Fri.)*, 9th (Sat.)*, 10th (Sun.)*
Satohiki: May 14th (Sat.), 15th (Sun.), 16th (Mon.)
[Location / Venue]
Suwa Taisha, Nagano
Access From City to Location: 10 minutes on foot from Shimo-Suwa station
Access From Capital to City: 3 hours by Train from Shinjuku to Shimo-Suwa
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