Tag: History and Culture

  • Uegaki Morikuni Sericulture Memorial Hall

    Uegaki Morikuni Sericulture Memorial Hall

    The Kaiko Memorial Hall, kaiko meaning silkworm is dedicated to Uegaki Morikuni who was a famous figure for his impact in the silkworm industry. The exhibition shows a silkworm house from the start of the Showa era which was restored, and shows the living situation of the farmers during that time. Kaiko no Sato and…

  • Tarumi no Ozakura

    Tarumi no Ozakura

    Tarumi-no-Ozakura is the largest Edo-higan cherry blossom tree in Hyogo Prefecture and is established as one of Japan’s natural monuments. Scaling a height of 13.8 meters with a trunk circumference of 6.3 meters, it has been said that the tree is over 1000 years old. A long time ago the princess of the Izushi Feudal…

  • Maisou Matsuri

    Maisou Matsuri

    Maisou Matsuri is a fire festival held on January 14th every year, and is a traditional practice that is dedicated to the Mii Shrine. Japanese devils, or oni are hit on by locals to wish for a healthy year. The oni wear kokimen or masks, and hold wooden shields called kiboko. According to a legend…

  • Kurokuzan Zanzaka Odori

    Kurokuzan Zanzaka Odori

    Out of the many “Zanzaka” dances in the Tajima Region, this one is known to have the longest history. The dancers wear momohiki (traditional Japanese bottoms) and tsutsusode (kimono dress sleeve) while dancing and shouting “zanzakazakazaka, zanzaka zatto.” The lyrics, movement and costume of the dance is from the later half of the Muromachi period.…

  • Saihoji Weeping Cherry Blossom Tree

    Saihoji Weeping Cherry Blossom Tree

    A beautiful weeping cherry blossom tree located inside of Saihoji Temple. During Sakura season the tree is lit up during night time Spots detail

  • Nettei Sumo

    Nettei Sumo

    Held at the Mizutani Shrine in Yabu “Nettei Sumo” was a court ritual that has been practiced since the Heian Period. The sacred practice is done on all fours which is said to ward off the evil spirits. Two men dressed in blue Kamishimo (a ceremonial dress) appear, and a series of ritual gestures is…

  • Osugi Zanzako Odori

    Osugi Zanzako Odori

    Osugi Zanzako Odori is a traditional performance where the dancers carry a 2 meter fan on their backs and perform and dance in the center. The dancers chant and strum the drums while they powerfully move to the beat in a circle. A separate name is given to this dance called Oni Odori which means…

  • Nagusa-jinja Shrine

    Nagusa-jinja Shrine

    As one climbs the uphill slope, they will be impressed by the appearance of the Nagusa-jinja Shrine. At the eighth stop of the Myoken Mountain, the three-storied pagoda can be found. The pagoda was gifted by Izumo Taisha during the great renovation after Yabu-shi gifted them a Myokensugi Tree in 1665. The pagoda reaches a…

  • CLOSED: Call for Participants for a Winter Monitor Tour

    CLOSED: Call for Participants for a Winter Monitor Tour

    The tourism office of Yabu is pleased to announce the opening of registration for a 3-days-2-nights monitor tour on the long weekend of February 23-25, 2024. The tour will consist of visiting a local sake brewery with a history of 150 years to learn and taste Yabu-made sake as well as skiing/snowboarding in the southern…

  • EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Return of the “Ohashiri Festival”

    EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Return of the “Ohashiri Festival”

    On Saturday, April 15th, the city of Yabu welcomes back the much-anticipated return of the traditional “Ohashiri Festival.”🎉For the first time in four years, the festival will bring back the procession of the 150kg Mikoshi (Shintō’s sacred palanquin) throughout the city to celebrate the arrival of spring!Although its scale has been reduced for this year’s…