*Update as of 8/2/2023*
Unfortunately, due to the approach of Typhoon Khanun, most of the Amami Matsuri events have been postponed or canceled:
8/3 Enka and Dance Performances – to be held as planned
8/4 Firework Show – postponed to Friday 8/11
8/5 Funakogi Boat Races – postponed to Saturday 8/12
Hachigatsu Odori Dance – canceled
8/6 MBC Amami Yachabo Sumo Tournament – canceled
Parade – canceled
The dates for this year’s Amami Matsuri, or the Amami City Festival, have finally been announced! From August 3rd through the 6th, there will be events and celebrations for all ages! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is the first time in four years the city will see the entire lineup of competitions, music, and dance.
The pictured flier advertising the festival will be popping up around town more and more as the dates draw nearer. Please refer below for the English summarization of the information listed with additional details from other publications. Please note that this information is subject to change, and you may want to refer to the Amami City website for the latest updates.
The 60th Amami Matsuri: Celebrating the 70th Anniversary since the Amami Islands Return to Japan
Thursday, August 3rd
Enka and Dance Performances
Time: 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Location: Amami Bunka Center
Premium Seating ￥1,500
Regular Seating ￥1,000
Host: Nanjo Katsumi Music Office and Friends
Tel. Inquiries: 53-0179
Friday, August 4th
Firework Gathering and Celebrations
Time: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: Udonbama Park
Host: Amami FM
Tel. Inquiries: 55-0777
Time 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Naze Harbor and Surrounding Areas
Saturday, August 5th
Funakogi Boat Races
Time: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
Location: Naze Harbor (Sadaikuma district area)
Hachigatsu Odori Dance
Time: 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: Shicho Street, Honmachi Street, and Yanigawa Street
Sunday, August 6th
MBC Amami Yachabo Sumo Tournament
Time: 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Location: Naze Middle School
Host: MBC Minami-Nippon Broadcasting Co.
Tel. Inquiries: 099-254-7112
Parade Part 1, Featuring Marching, Music, and the Habu Snake Mikoshi Procession
Time: 4:00PM - 5:20PM
Parade Part 2, Featuring Parade Dances and the Rokucho Dance
Time: 5:30PM - 7:10PM
Location: Traveling from Fureai Park to Honmachi Street and then Yanigawa Street during part 1, and then traveling from the Amami City Koryu Center and returning to Fureai Park during part 2.
For more information please refer to the latest Amami Matsuri information on the Amami City website: http://www.city.amami.lg.jp/
As of the writing of this post, the current information, including the application forms for participating in competitions and events, is on this page: https://www.city.amami.lg.jp/kanko/event/2023amamimatsuri.html Most applications close on July 10th.
For general inquiries, please contact the Amami City Tsumugi and Tourism Promotion Division at 0997-52-1111.