Traditional Festivals in Aomori : Emburi - 4
(Hachinohe, Aomori, Japan)

However, if you can afford to stay one more night in Hachinohe, you should not miss the Oniwa Emburi ( Emburi in the garden) .

The Oniwa Emburi is performed at the Koujoukaku, a residence for a kimono fabrics dealer built in the Meiji era.

In an age when it was individually performed in each village once, it was customary to show dance at the residence of a wealthy farmer or an influential man and the performers received a donation .

The landlady of the Japanese style inn where I always stay told me that she saw it with local people in the mansion of a local elected parliamentarians. So, the Oniwa Emburi was not obsolete with the start of the Issei-Zuri in 1881 but must had not been interrupted until after the World War II.

This Oniwa Emburi is its reproduction. Removed the fittings facing the garden, spreading a traditional scarlet carpet, seats for guests are provided.

Bonfires are burned and a part of the ground of the snow appears whitely. Soon the dance begins. Former rich people enjoyed the Koshogotsu in this way. However, in the Oniwa Emburi of the 21st century, it is quite simple because on a table are only a cup in which a sweet alcoholic drink made from fermented rice is poured and a wooden bowl of a traditional soup of this region, Sembei-jiru.

And, since it is projected with artificial lighting, the air is a little spoiled. if light-up were made with only bonfire, the mysterious profundity would be produced.

It was a explanation by a local TV producer that made me forget such a thing. With his excellent comment, everybody must understand the basis of the Emburi.

Well, another hidden event is the Kadoduke (the Emburi performance from door to door for donation).

For a week of Emburi, you will see Emburi groups going around for the Kadoduke, from the early morning market to the night entertainment district, and in front of a convenience store, a Japanese style inn, a bar and a wealthy big store.

Hum, it is no problem that children, who play entertainment for blessing, perform for the Kadoduke on weekdays without going to school ? Don't worry ! In Hachinohe, children going around for the Kadoduke during the Emburi are treated as attendance in school.

This town is tolerant.

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From Tokyo to Hachinohe
by train
: 3 hours from “Tokyo Station” to “Hachinohe Station” by Shinkansen (high speed train), one service per one hour.

From “Hachinohe Station” to “downtown Hachinohe”
20 minutes by bus from “Hahinohe Station” to “Jusan-nichi-machi”, frequent service in the daytime. The site is within downtown Hachinohe near "Jusan-nichi-machi".

Hachinohe Tourist Information Website

Aomori Sightseeng Guide

Acoommodations in Hachinohe

"青森県の歴史散歩" (青森県高等学校地方史研究会編, 山川出版社, 2007)
"図説青森県の歴史" (成田稔・長谷川成一, 河出書房新社, 1991)
"郷土資料事典 青森県" (人文社, 1998)
"季刊あおもり草子第25号" (企画集団プリズム, 1985)
"えんぶり読本" (正部家種康, 伊吉書院, 1992)
"江戸時代ひとづくり風土記2青森" (農山村漁村文化協会, 1992)
"八戸市博物館 えんぶり展" (八戸市博物館, 2012)
"八戸三社大祭の歴史"(三浦忠司, 伊吉書院, 2007)
"八戸三社大祭公式ガイドブック"(八戸観光コンベンション協会, 2011)
Emburi (Hachinohe City Office)
Hachinohe Tourist Information Website

2018.01 Photos in English version, and photos and text in Japanese version


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Oniwa Emburi (Emburi in a residence garden)

door-to-door entertainment in Emburi

Photo by Daigo Ishii