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Amami Matsuri

*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

2023 Schedule

Thursday, August 3rd
  Enka and Dance Performances
  Time: 6:30PM - 8:30PM
  Location: Amami Bunka Center
  Ticket Prices:
    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

  Firework Show
  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.

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