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Pseudonym reading Kesenchoten Festival Festival
Specified type Prefecture designation
Type Intangible folk cultural property
Designated date September 2, 1997
Specified details
location Rikuzentakata City Kesen-cho Jagomachi Backside Kesen Public Hall
Holding group Kesencho Kenka Tanabata Festival Preservation Association
Management organization
home page Rikuzentakata City Kesencho Kenka Tanabata Festival


The Tanabata Festival in Rikuzentakata City is held as a summer festival from the beginning of August to the 7th, and there are "Kenka Tanabata" in Kesen-cho, "Moving Tanabata" in Takada-cho, and "Marine Tanabata" in Kotomo-cho. The town's "Konka Tanabata" has the most distinctive content.

The origin of "Kenka Tanabata" is not clear, and its detailed history is unknown only by oral discourse, but it has been inherited since its origin before modernity and has been gradually developed since, and it has fallen for a while after the war, but will be revived soon Currently, four towns in Aramachi, Kamiyokakamachi, Shimoyokakamachi, and Gungun Town have floats and have set up an Executive Committee to implement.

The dumpling drums, called “Kenka Tanabata drums,” became an intangible folk cultural property designated by Rikuzentakata City in 1959.

The “Kessen-cho Kenka Tanabata Festival” is a neighborhood association in Kesen-cho on August 7, with azafu (a model imitating the weeping cherry blossoms of Kongoji Temple) and a float, basket ball, bomboli, etc. After a parade at the Nagabe Fishing Port, the floats of the mighty "Kenka Taiko" dumplings are held.

The floats are made of zelkova wood and have a diameter of about 90 cm, and a cedar log stick with a length of about 20 meters is attached to the center with a wisteria rod, pulling the float with a rope from the front of both sides. Violently hit the opponent's float body.

The climax is a "fight" to be held four times a total of two cars each held from 7:30 pm, and twice in the daytime.
It is said that one who grabs a float to the other party's side will win, but there is no tradition that promises good fishing, good harvest and so on.

Reiko's "Konka Tanabata Taiko" consists of large drums, drums, small drums and chopsticks, and there are "walk drums," "rest drums," and "Kenka drums."

The Kesen-cho Kenka Tanabata Festival is comprised of three elements: the operation of the Tanabata float car, the quarrel that strikes the floats, and the kenka tanabata drum that inspires its morale.
The structure of the float itself and the basic decoration should be inherited from now on, and the "Kenka" of the float is essential for this festival, and the drum of the dumplings has subtle differences among the towns, so its tradition is desired.
The Kesen-cho Kenka Tanabata Festival is extremely valuable as one of the most brave and distinctive Tanabata festivals, and preservation traditions of the entire festival are important.

(The 4th intangible folk cultural property designation criteria 1 (2) correspondence)