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Koriyama Annual Festivals and Events

Matsuri are traditional events passed down over generations as well as joyful festivals that emerged from the townspeople.
Both old and new matsuri have been preserved and created by people.
The closeness and warmth of human relationships is embodied in the matsuri.
Matsuri bond local people together and give them hope and strength to face the future together.
Such matsuri are listed here.

Yamato Summer Festival
A summer annual event held in early August. Events such as firework displays, character shows, and other children's entertainment are popular among the participants.
Oyako Festival
This festival, aimed for parents and children, was first begun by citizens led by the Youth Association. Every year on November 3rd, various events are performed for parents and children at the site of Koriyama Castle and Jonai High School ground. Especially, the mini steam locomotive is the central attraction for children.
Himiko Queen Contest
Himiko is believed to have been the first queen of a state called Yamatai, the location of which is still debated. Several cities and villages claim to have been Yamatai, and Yamatokoriyama is one of them. The contest has been taking place under the theory that Yamatai was in Yamatokoriyama area. If chosen, the winning contestant is required to help advertise Yamatokoriyama City vigorously for a year.
Meta Shrine Arei Matsuri
Hieda where Meta Shrine stands today was once the residential place of Sarume-no-kimi, shrine maidens, who preformed ancient Shinto ritual songs and dances for the Emperors. An annual ceremony is held on August 16th to dedicate a solemn Hieda Dance to the court story teller Hieda-no-Are for his great accomplishment.
Koriyama Castle Festival
This festival started when a memorial service with Buddhist rosaries was held to console the souls of many Buddhist stone statues that were used in the foundation of the castle tower and the surrounding stone wall. During this festival period in the early April, various traditional and historical events are also staged. The cherry blossoms lit up after dark create a splendid world.
Otaue Matsuri
Otaue Matsuri is a rice-planting festival to offer a prayer for good harvest. Every year on January 7th, "Uetsuki Onden-sai" is held at Uetsuki Shrine. Parishioners in black cow costumes roam through the precinct, which is represented as a sacred paddy field.
This is a very humorous festival accompanied with cow mooing sounds.
Sante Koriyama Health Festival
An event held at Sante Koriyama and Disaster Prevention Center in order to remind citizens about health and welfare.
At Iki Iki Plaza, tooth exams and blood pressure check-ups are conducted. At Aozora Plaza, a bazaar is held and open air stalls are set up selling vegetables and other products. At Bosai Waku Waku Plaza, fire extinguisher training sessions are performed.
February Memorizing Contest
In February, a Memorizing Contest is held to commemorate Hieda-no-Are, who played an important role in compiling Kojiki by his/ her prodigious memory. (Whether Hieda-no-Are was a man or a woman is unknown.)
National Goldfish Scooping Championship
The 3rd Sunday in August is Goldfish Scooping Day.  Every year, many participants from all over Japan come to compete, demonstrating their goldfish scooping skills. The competition is held in conformity with protection rules, so as not to hurt the goldfish.