<p>Meeting &#39;Yoichi kun&quot; during the dancing</p>
Meeting 'Yoichi kun" during the dancing (Photo: Louise Archer)

Yoichi Matsuri 2024

Dancing, eating and drinking in downtown Otawara

Louise Archer   - 1 min read
Venue : Otawara, Tochigi When : Early Aug 2024

August in Otowara sees the popular Yoichi Matsuri, the festival for our local hero Yoichi kun. Based on the local hero Nasu no Yoichi and his exploits in demoralizing the enemy by firing a single arrow while riding a horse in the water; he hit a red dot on a fan in an enemy boat, thus giving his side the mental advantage and winning the battle for the Minamoto clan for control of Japan in the Genpei war (1180-1185).

See the ever-popular samurai procession as Nasu no Yoichi trots down the street upon his mighty steed surrounded by loyal vassals and retainers.

Getting there

The festiva is held around Otawara City, particularly in the Aramachi, Kamicho, Nakamachi, and Shimocho Shopping Street areas.

Louise Archer

Louise Archer @louise.archer

I am an Aussie expat (ex Sydney, Perth, ex UK) living in rural Japan. Im very passionate about people seeing more of Japan than the big cities, which are wonderful places, but there are so many hidden treasures in the countryside and lesser known regions. For the three years I have been living he...