The popular Kaguya-hime Parade, held twice a day, is part of the Takematsuri festival in the preserved historic district of Takehara

In the tourist destination and preserved district of Takehara City, Hiroshima Prefecture, the “33rd Takehara Bamboo Festival” will be held on Friday, May 3, 2024. This year, which will be held for only one day, the event is packed with various activities, with various plans prepared throughout the district.

The main event of the Bamboo Festival is the parade of Princess Kaguya, which takes place twice a day. The procession, reminiscent of a Heian-era scroll with participants in kimono costumes, marching through Honmachi Street, is a spectacle worthy of the festival’s main attraction. Before the parade, there will also be a photo session at Ebisudo. Two Takehara tourism assistants will play the role of Princess Kaguya, marking the 27th generation this year. The adorable “Child Kaguya” will also participate in the parade, adding to the excitement of the festival.

In the preserved district, various events related to bamboo are also prepared. Fun activities themed around bamboo, such as the distribution of cancer-preventing sake, bamboo craft making experiences, and a bamboo play corner, await visitors.

At the sub-venue, “Michi-no-Eki Takehara,” a fulfilling gourmet corner awaits. The sub-venue will also handle stamp rally registrations. This year, the Michi-no-Eki will be decorated with bamboo, further enhancing the festival atmosphere.

The Bamboo Festival will run from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Princess Kaguya parade will be held twice, at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.