The Mibu-no-hanadaue ritual rice planting festival in Chiyoda, Kita-hiroshima, is the largest and most spectacular of many similar festivals held in the rural communities of northern Hiroshima Prefecture during May and June.
Staking out a position alongside the rice field were the main action takes place is highly recommended, but it is also well worth heading down to the lovely Mibu Hachiman Shrine before the festival proper gets going.
It is here that the beautiful, bovine beasts, that are arguably the real stars of the festival, are groomed, dressed and decorated before being paraded through the town to the rice field. Their handlers hang out here too, enjoying a pre-festival picnic and fair few drams of sake. It’s a great opportunity to get up close to the cattle and admire their gorgeous regalia.
Mibu Hachiman Shrine
Address: 287 Mibu, Kita-hiroshima-cho, Yamagata-gun 〒731-1515
Address in Japanese: 287 壬生 北広島町 山県郡 広島県 〒731-1515
Read more and see photos from Mibu Hachiman Shrine here.