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(English) Don Don Carnival 2018


Don Don Carnival 2018

Every year in October, Komatsu holds the Don Don Carnival. This year, it will be a 2-day affair, with the first day being a traditional Japanese parade and dance, and the second day featuring stage performances and food booth as well as plenty of interesting activities.


13th October

  • Large Lanterns Procession
  • Handmade Lanterns Procession
  • Stage Performance
  • Don Don Japanese Dance

14th October

  • Stage Performances
  • Don Don Music Festival
  • Tea Sessions (with Sencha Tea)
  • Don Don Market
  • Gourmet Alley
  • Crafting Workshop Corner

Other Festivals happening on the 14th!

  • Kabuki Market
  • Hokkoku Toori-Machi Market

13th October (Saturday)

Time: 17:10 ~ 19:30 (Approximately)

The following processions will make their way from the venue towards the front of the station.

17:10 Venue: Komatsu Tenmanguu Shrine
Purification Ceremony
Watch a traditional purification ceremony conducted at the Shrine before the parade begins.
17:30 Venue:Front of Komatsu Tenmangu Shrine
Lantern Procession
Historical Parade
Massive Lantern Procession
The procession will make their way from the Shrine, across Komatsu Ohashi, and straight down National Route 101.
18:00 Rojo Park
Handmade Lantern Procession
Minature Hikiyama Procession with the Teramachi and Yokaichi-machi Children Performers
The procession will make their way from the Rojo Park till Komatsu Station Square.
Venue:Komatsu Station Square
Stage Concert by Ishikawa-born Singer-Songwriter “MISTY”
18:00-19:30 Venue:Komatsu Station Square
Don Don Japanese Dance!
Anyone can join in this contemporary take on the traditional Japanese wa-odori style of dance! (link)

14th October (Sunday)

A crazy amount of things are happening this round! In addition to the Don Don Carnival, there will also be the Kabuki Market and Hokkoku Toori-Machi Market as well!

The events can be divided into the following 15 sections! For more details on the performance sequence, click on the link to learn more

1. Stage A

Located within the Komatsu Station Square, Stage A is one of 3 different performance areas.

Opening Ceremony

Time: 9:30 – 10:15

Featuring: Kanazawa University Cheerleading Club and the Komatsu Otani High School Cheerleading Club

Stage Performances

Time: 10:15 – 17:00

Enjoy a host of different performances from the traditional to the modern!

Japanese Taiko Sakura
Awazu Kindergarten Japanese Taiko
Aoba Kindergarten Marching Band
Maki Nursery Yosakoi Soran
Local Products PR
Hula Dance: Hui Hula o Leialoha Kanazawa Studio
Sports Community Dynamic Cheerleading
Kur House Kids Dance Team A
Kur House Kids Dance Team B
★STRUSH★/ b☆girl miyu (Dance)
BEAST MODE / FMWS / 4oak (Dance)
Rient R Crowd Dance Teams 1 – 3
Ichimatsu Construction Company Original Music
Dynamic Kouei Guitar and Vocal Performance
MPC Komatsu (Music)
>Ryukyu Taiko Eisa Dance
Guitar and Vocal Performance by Douhata Keisuke
akane. Piano and Vocal Performance
PUZZLE FESTA vol. 6 (Children Fashion Show)

2. Stage B

Located along the main street in front of Komatsu Station!

Time: 10:15 – 17:00

Special Guest: Komatsu Commercial High Group Marching

Kanazawa University Cheerleading Club
Shourinji Kempo Association Performance (Martial Arts)
Strawberry-moon (Ukelele Performance)
Luts (Freestyle-Dance)
Ishikawa Kung Fu Kids Peformance
Komatsu Hanamaiko Yosakoi
Beni Yosakoi
Awazu Osuebe Hanafubuki Yosakoi
KMC Band Performance
Tai Chi Chuan Performance
Sword Dance
Guitar and Ukelele Performance
Unify Teams 1-3 (Dance)
Ishikawa Fuji Taiko and Flute Team Performance
Kazuma Guitar and Vocal Performance
Komatsu Commercial High Group Marching
Hokkoku News Cultural Center Cheerleading Team

3. Large-scale Lanterns Display

Take your time to admire the lanterns used in the procession on Saturday! Located in Komatsu Station Square.

Time: 9:30 – 17:30

4. Stage C (Don Don Music Festival)

Enjoy this concert put on by the various concert bands within Komatsu! Located with the Main Hall of Urara Theater.

Time: 10:30 – 14:30 (Venue opens at 10:00.)

10:30-10:45 Kobato Marching Band
10:45-10:50 Opening Speech
10:55-11:10 Seiai Kindergarten Performance (with Komatsu Commercial High Concert Band)
11:10-11:25 Wakaba Nishika Rumiko Nursery Performance (with Komatsu Commercial High Concert Band)
11:25-11:45 Komatsu Commercial High Concert Band
11:50-12:10 Komatsu Municipal High Art Course
12:10-12:25 BREAK
12:25-12:40 Aoba Nursery Marching Band
12:40-13:00 Miyuki Junior High Concert Band
13:00-13:20 Itazu Junior High Concert Band
13:20-13:40 Rojo Junior High Concert Band
13:40-14:00 Shoyo Junior High Concert Band
14:00-14:20 Komatsu Fire Dept Concert Band

5. Enjoy some Tea!

Ever tried a Sencha Tea based Tea “Ceremony” before? Instead of using Matcha, this style of tea uses a good quality leaf infusion tea, and is served with a traditional Japanese sweet.

Venue: Urara Theater 2F Meeting Room

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

Fee: 700 yen (Get 200 yen off if you register in advance)

6. Gourmet Alley

From Soba to Sushi, there is a huge variety of foods to try here! Find it along the West Exit in front of Komatsu Station

Time: 10:00 – 17:00

7. Don Don Market

Located right next to Gourmet Alley!

Time: 10:00 – 17:00

City Exchange Corner

Featuring the speciality products from Ogaki City, Gifu, Iiyama City, Nagano and Ono City, Fukui

Komatsu Eco-Kingdom Corner

Selling products made using the distinctive local tomato breeds.

8. Vehicle Riding Experience

Board the pretty bonnet bus, or try out a segway here!

Located at the main street in front of Komatsu Station

Time: 10:00 – 15:00

9. Car Exhibit

Around 50 different cars will be lined up along the road for your fancy!

Time: 9:30 – 15:30

10. Don Don Stamp Rally

Grab your Stamp Card at the Main Tent! Collect all the stamps to enter a lottery to win! Gotta catch ’em all!

Time: 10:00 – 15:00

11. Crafting Corner for Kids

Find us at Komatsu-no-Mori WakuWaku Komatsu-kan 2F.

Protect the Egg!


Times: ①10:00~ ②11:00~ ③13:30~

Try it out!

A wide variety of activities for kids to enjoy.

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

Make Something!

Try your hand at making Bamboo toys.

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

12. Komatsu Kabukki Points

You can earn points here! Approach the Main Tent for details!

Time: 9:30 – 17:00

13. Create. Learn. All About Don Don Science.

Venue: Science Hills Komatsu

A Magical Science Show

Times: ①11:00~ ②13:00~ ③14:00~

LEGO Building

Times: 10:00 – 12:45

Simple Crafts

Times: 14:30 – 15:30

3D Theater Showings

  1. 11:10 The story of our stars
  2. 12:20 Nintama Rantaro’s Space Adventure
  3. 13:30 The Space Elevator
  4. 14:40 Nintama Rantaro’s Space Adventure
  5. 15:50 Tuning into the Aurora

14. Komatsu University Festival PR

Come down to the main tent to learn more about the upcoming school festival held by Komatsu University!

Time: 10:00 – 14:00

15. Komatsu Municipal High Game Corner

Located at Komatsu Station East Exit, try out the games designed by the students.

Time: 10:00 – 14:00

Kabuki Market

Running through the Covered Shopping District close to Komatsu Station is a variety of additional events to enjoy!

Date: 14th Oct Only! From 10:00 – 17:00

Find the music stage to watch some wonderful lives and discover new local artistes. Try out some local delights or find the international corner to sample what the world has to offer! Dig through the many shops sellling a variety of different items, or even participate in a Calligraphy or Flower Arrangement class.

Hokkoku Toori-Machi Market

Located along Ryusuke-cho, a huge variety of sweet shops and cafes are opening booths selling a variety of drinks, desserts and dishes! Find a lovely range of old books and accessories in the market section too!

Date: 14th Oct Only! From 10:00 – 17:00

This year the neighborhood has also taken out their gorgeous Hikiyama float for visitors to admire!

Additional Details

Festival Parking

Available from 12:00 – 20:30

  • Multistorey Car Park at Komatsu Station 小松駅前立体駐車場
  • Station West Car Park 駅西駐車場
  • Station East Exit Bay Car Park (for Handicapped use only) 駅東口ロータリー内駐車場
  • Station East Car Park 駅東駐車場
  • Station South Car Park 駅南駐車場
  • Komatsu City Hall Visitor Car Park 小松市役所 駐車場
  • Komatsu City Hall Staff Car Parks 1,2 and 4 小松市役所 職員駐車場第1、2、4
  • Komatsu Pension Office Car Park 小松年金事務所駐車場
  • Komatsu Chamber of Commerce and Industry 小松商工会議所駐車場
  • Komatsu-no-Mori North Car Park 小松の杜北側 駐車場
  • Komatsu City Prefectural Tax Office 小松県税事務所駐車場
  • JA Komatsu Agricultural Centre Car Park JA小松営農センター駐車場
  • Sunday Only
    • Murata Factory Car Park A2, A3, B
    • Suehiro Exercise Park New Car Park
    • Kanjincho Stadium Adjacent Car Park

*Take Note that some roads might be closed for the procession.


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