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Updated: December 23, 2019
In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), various facilities around Tokyo may change their operating days or hours. In addition, some events may be canceled or postponed. Please check official facility or event websites for the latest updates and information.
Inari, the Shinto deity of foxes, was enshrined in Mitsugamine, Kyoto in February, on the first day of the horse, according to the lunar calendar. To commemorate Inari's enshrinement, Higashi Fushimi Inari-jinja Shrine holds the Hatsu-uma Festival, its largest festival of the year. In 2020, this festival will take place on Sunday, February 9.
You can enjoy festival music as the first plum blossoms begin to bud. At the festival, you can also see a kagura performance. This traditional art is an Intangible Cultural Property of Japan. Leading the troupe is Gennosuke Matsumoto, a master of kagura. Seeing an esteemed kagura performance troupe alone is already a good enough reason to visit!
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