Chichibu Night Festival and Kawagoe Festival

Chichibu night festival and Kawagoe festival, for UNESCO intangible culture heritage list

Why have these festivals been approved for the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list? These festivals serve the important purposes of bringing the local community together as one to pray for peace, security, and disaster prevention in the region and promoting inter-generational dialogues and exchanges in order to create closer bonds within the community.

Highlights of the Two Festivals

Chichibu Night Festival
Fireworks fill the winter sky with color before fading into the night as kasaboko decorations and yatai performance floats captivate spectators with their brilliance. The yatai float, which features a special seat installed on its top level and an overhanging stage, serves as a performance venue for kabuki, one of Japan's traditional dramatic arts.
Kawagoe Festival
Gorgeous floats carrying life-sized, elaborate hand-crafted dolls parade through the streets of the traditional warehouse district, a historic area of Kawagoe. When two floats meet, they compete in a spirited performance of traditional Japanese festival music called "hikkawase."

About the Festivals

Chichibu Night Festival
Date: December 2th and 3th (Will be held this year!)
Location: Near the Chichibu and Seibu Chichibu Stations, in the vicinity of Chichibu Shrine.
Chichibu Festival Museum Website: http: //www.chichibu-matsuri.jp/
Chichibu Night Festival
Kawagoe Festival
Date: Saturday and Sunday on the 3rd weekend of October (Next held October 14th and 15th, 2017)
Location: Near Honkawagoe Station and Kawagoe Station, close to the warehouse district
Kawagoe Festival Museum: http: //www.kawagoematsuri.jp/
Kawagoe Festival

About the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List

The UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List is a treaty which was first adopted in 2003. Japan was the third country in the world to sign and become a member of this treaty.
In 2014, Japanese Hosokawa paper was registered as a "Japanese handmade paper craft technique."

Purpose
The aim of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List is to ensure the better protection of important intangible cultural heritages worldwide and the awareness and appreciation of their significance.
Initiatives of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List
Producing of the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
Producing of the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding
Providing international assistance through the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund

You can find more information about the previous registration of Hosokawa Japanese paper as a world intangible cultural heritage item at the following website: http://www.sainokuni-kanko.jp/?page_id=1640 (Japanese)