Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Goshogawara Tachineputa 2017

Goshogawara Tachineputa 2017 立佞武多

Goshogawara Tachineputa 2017 poster 平成29年 五所川原立佞武多 ポスター

Goshogawara Tachineputa features extremely tall, towering Neputa floats. The average float is 20 metres tall! The oldest records of Tachineputa date back to 1907, but with the increase in electrical power lines during the Taisho Period (1912-1926), the size of the floats had to be scaled back. Then two devastating post-war fires destroyed records and schematics for the large floats and consequently Tachineputa was lost to obscurity until schematics and pictures were found in 1993, enabling the revival of the tradition. But even then it took several years to re-wire the city's power lines to create a safe path for the floats, so the revival of Goshogawara's Tachineputa Festival didn't come about until 1998--nearly 80 years since the last time the event had been held!

Festival "Shout": Yattemare, yattemare!
Dates: August 4-8
Location: Central Goshogawara City (map)
    (August 3: Festival Eve: Fireworks (19:30 start))
    August 4-8: Night Time Parade (19:00 start)
Admission: Free (paid seating available)
Paid Seating:
    General Notes/Cautions:
  • Wheelchair seating is separate from the paid seating area.
  • Smoking is prohibited in the paid seating area.
  • Pets are not allowed in the paid seating area.
  • Refunds will only be issued in the event that the event is cancelled due to weather, etc.

  • Ticket Purchase Locations:

    Machinaka Goshogawara
    Cost: 3000yen
    Cancellation Fee: 1500yen/seat (applied from June 2, 2017) Sale Period: March 20, 2017 10:00~ *SOLD OUT*
    (Second Round Ticket Sales Start: July 3, 2017 (only if tickets are available))
    Ticket Pick-Up/Delivery Period: June 12-July 31, 2017 Purchase Method: Email, Fax, or In-Person
      Machinaka Goshogawara 株式会社まちなか五所川原 (map
      (Tachineputa Paid Seating Division 立佞武多有料観覧席係)
      Hours: 10:00~17:00
      Email: ap-91125[at]
      FAX: 0173-33-6338 (24 Hours)
      TEL: 0173-33-6338
    Reservation Form Downloads: Fax/In-Person, Email
    (Sample English/Japanese Form (from 2016))
    Tachineputa 2016 Machinaka Goshogawara Paid Seating Sample Reservation Form English/Japanese 平成28年 立佞武多有料観覧席(個人用)申込書 まちなか五所川原 英和
  • Money transfer (payment) and postage fees are the responsibility of the purchaser.
  • Delivery Fees: 510yen

  • Goshogawara Chamber of Commerce & Industry
    Cost: 2500yen
    Cancellation Fee: 1500yen/seat
    Cancellation Period: June 9-28, 2017
    (Once seats have been paid for, refunds cannot be issued)
    Sale Period:
       Group Sales (10+ Seats): March 3, 2017, 9:00~
       Individual Sale (1-9 Seats): April 24, 2017, 9:00~
    Ticket Pick-Up/Delivery Period:
    Purchase Method: Fax or In-Person
  • If payment has not been received by June 28, reservations will be cancelled.
  • Ticket delivery fees are the responsibility of the ticket purchaser.

More Information:
Tachineputa no Yakata (Japanese):
Aomori Sightseeing Guide:

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