Katsuyama / Kuse Kenka Danjiri Festival in Maniwa City

Kuse Kenka Danjiri Festival

I would like to introduce Katsuyama / Kuse Kenka Danjiri festival this time.

Katsuyama / Kuse Kenka Danjiri Festival in Maniwa City

Katsuyama and Kuse are both in Maniwa City, Okayama (only one train station for each other). This Kenka Danjiri festival is held every Oct 19th and 20th in Katsuyama, Oct 24th and 25th in Kuse. As its name (kenka = fight), it gets quite rough! The battles are one-on-one style. 2-3 tons of the floats bump each other!

Katsuyama / Kuse Kenka Danjiri Festival

 

Watch out! Sometime they would lose control and come this way. It’s rough but I can’t deny its excitement. It was a cold Oct night but I could see steam rising (from their bodies!). Even just watching it takes lot of energy!

A video is available on Instagram.

 

Information

Name Katsuyama Kenka Danjiri Festival
Access
Schedule Every Oct 19th and 20th

 

Name Kuse Kenka Danjiri Festival
Access
Schedule Every Oct 24th and 25th

Refference: Official Website

 

Lastly

How do you find it? By the way there is a nice camp ground in Katsuyama. If ya interested, check this out as well. Autumn camp is always awesome. ☆(>v・)

Autumn Camp in Katsuyama: Utsukushii Mori Camp Ground

See you around!

Art of Noren in Katsuyama, Maniwa City

Howdy? It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would to introduce beautiful noren in Katsuyama.

Art of Noren in Katsuyama, Maniwa City

Katsuyama is in Maniwa City, Okayama Prefecture. It has a popular sightseeing spot called Historical Katsuyama Town Conservation Area just like Kurashiki Bikan Quarter where traditional houses and buildings are preserved with efforts. On top of that, Katsuyama is known for its noren production.

 

What is Noren?

Well, noren is the cloth hung between rooms. It can be seen at store entrance as well like in a photo below. This is a kominka Cafe Meijiya that we previously featured. It definitely adds a store something anyhow, doesn’t it? What’s interesting about this area in Katuyama is that almost every store/house has a noren at the entrance with a different design. OK, let’s go take a look.

 

Noren Gallery

You may expect traditional designs? Sure thing. However, There are a lot of modern designs as well. It’s quite a view to see all these on the same street!

Coffee!
Post office.
Clock.
Bike.
Car.

 

Resting.
Another car design.

Alright. Let’s call it a day.

 

Infomation

Name Katsuyama Preserved Area (勝山・町並み保存地区)
Access

Katsuyama, Maniwa City, Okayama Prefecture

*Free parking is available.

 

Lastly

How do you find it? A lovely cafe called Kapibara Coffee is right on this main street. Please check this out as well. We loved it.

See you around!