25 Apr 2018

Otabi Festival ~City of Kabuki~

Komatsu City is tightly intertwined with the culture of Kabuki, one of Japan’s great performing arts.
Click here to learn more about the Otabi Festival and the various events happening this year!

Main Events The Plays
Schedule for Saturday Machiya Events
Show Times Links
English Tour Maps

Beginning over 250 years ago, the Otabi Festival is Komatsu’s biggest event. One of Ishikawa’s biggest festivals, it attracts thousands from around the country and overseas to see the traditional Hikiyama floats, and the children’s Kabuki plays.

The Otabi Festival has its origins as the spring festival of two major shrines in Komatsu, Uhashi and Motoori Hiyoshi. It takes its name from one of the key festival events, the Mikoshi procession. Mikoshi, or portable shrines, are traditionally carried around the local neighborhood to allow the Gods to inspect their surroundings, in Japanese this procession is referred as 旅をする、tabi wo suru.

The more famous portion of the festival was added in 1776, when local businessmen incorporated Hikiyama Floats into the festival.

The city comes alive as food stalls and events cover the city, and several temples also hold their annual mikoshi processions. This is an event not to be missed!

Main Events

11th (Fri) to 13th(Sun)

Children Kabuki Performances (All 3 days)

Participating Neighborhoods: Tera-machi, Yokaichi-machi

Five Hikiyama Festival Floats Line Up (12th, Saturday)

Time: 11:00 – 13:15
Venue: Hanamichi Yorossa (map)

Eight Hikiyama Festival Floats Grand Line Up (12th, Saturday)

Time: 15:00 – 20:30 (click here for event schedule)
Venue: JR Komatsu Station Junction (map)

The Plays this Year

Held on the gorgeous and elaborate Hikiyama floats, the children’s kabuki is the main event of the festival. Every year two neighbourhoods begin their preparations to perform upon their Hikiyama. For 2018, they are Tera-machi and Yokaichi-machi.

Tera-machi will be performing “At the Nakamura Retreat”(Summary here!) and Yokaichi-machi will perform “The Amagasaki Scene” (Summary here!)

Eight Hikiyama Festival Floats Grand Line Up Schedule

15:00 Opening Ceremony
15:30 Tera-machi Children Kabuki Performance
16:30 Yokaichi-machi Children Kabuki Performance
17:30 Intermission
18:00 Tera-machi Children Kabuki Performance
19:00 Yokaichi-machi Children Kabuki Performance
20:00 Finale

Show Times

Tera-machi Yokaichi-machi
45 min 60min
11th 3:00pm 14:45
19:00 19:00
12th 5 Hikiyama Line Up
11:10am 12:10am
8 Hikiyama Line Up
3:30pm 4:30pm
6:30pm 4:30pm
13th 11:00am 10:00am
2:00pm 12:30pm
5:00pm 5:00pm
8:00pm 7:30pm

Machiya Events

Machiya refers to the many traditional townhouses found throughout Komatsu. Built around the Taisho Era, they feature a fascinating mix of traditional architecture in a modern setup. Many of the Machiya are private properties, but during the Otabi Festival, they open their doors to the public and feature a variety of events and performances.
Check out the event map below to get a feel of the various locations

Event Location (Google Map Links) 11th (Fri) 12th (Sat) 13th (Sun)
Kutani Ornaments Exhibit Reikadou 麗華洞 10:00 – 12:00
14:00 – 17:00
Nishi-cho Hikiyama Festival Float Materials Exhibit Uchida Heitaro Shop 打田平太郎商店 10:00 – 18:30
Kutani Legends Motomura 本村 邸 9:00 – 17:00
Komatsu Municipal High School Art Work Exhibits Motomura 本村 邸 10:00 – 17:00
Choboya Tea Shop 長保屋茶舗 9:00 – 19:00 9:00 – 17:00
Osugi Shop 大杉商店 10:00 – 19:00 10:00 – 17:00
Sumigen すみげん 9:30 – 19:00 9:30 – 17:00
Urara-ichi, Temple Market and Food Shomyouji 称名寺 From 10:00
Hobby Exhibit Shomyouji 称名寺 10:00 – 16:00
Tea Ceremony Toraya Ceramics Store とら屋陶器店 10:00 – 16:00
Traditional Sweets Demonstration Toraya Ceramics Store とら屋陶器店 10:00 – 16:00
Entry to Bonnet Train Car Doihara Bonnet Space 土居原ボンネット広場 10:00 – 17:00 10:00 – 16:00
Pieces of Jun Takegoshi Hiro-oka Artworks 美術品 広岡 8:00 – 17:00
Hakusan, Our Sacred Peak Gallery Matsunoke, Matsubaya 松葉家・ギャラリー松の家 10:00-18:00 10:00-16:00
Making Mizuhiki Activity
Selling Obanyaki Pancakes, Geta Slippers and Small Objects
Community Salon Tomo (Located in front of the station) 駅前コミュニティサロン友 10:00 – 16:00
Tokuda Yasokichi the Fourth Exhibition Machiya Studio 町家スタジオ 10:00 – 16:00
Japanese Cafe Guesthouse Mikkaichi ゲストハウス三日市 10:00 – 20:00 10:00 – 13:00
Erhu Concert by Ou Shuka Guesthouse Mikkaichi ゲストハウス三日市 13:30 – 14:00
Paintings Exhibit Adachitei 安達邸 10:00 – 17:00
Flute Performance by Ms. Shushi Tosha
Rakugo by Mr. Houki Tsukitei
Machiya House Ryusuke 町家ハウスRyusuke 13:00 –

English Tours

This year, we will be offering tours conducted in English!
On both 12th and 13th May, there will tours starting at 11:00, 12:00, 13:00 and 14:00. Each tour will take about 50 minutes, and our local guides will take you on a tour of the various sites! It’s a fun way to learn about the history and background of this 250-year-old festival!

Tours are absolutely free! Just come down to the information tent outside Komatsu Station to sign up!
Limited spaces available, so sign up early!

Maps of Key Locations

Stamp Rally / Event Space Map

During the festival, you can head around the various sites listed above to collect stamps! If you collect all 8 Hikiyama (in green) and more than 10 townhouse locations (listed as either yellow or blue points), head over to Miyossa (in red) to redeem a prize!
Grab a copy of the stamp collection sheet as well as the Japanese pamphlet for the full map of the festival to play!
Yellow points indicate the locations of events listed in the table above.

(Kindly note that the locations are valid at the time of updating, and may be subject to change)


Japanese Official Site (External Link)

English Poster

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