Kibitan, and the rabbit, the mascots of Fukushima, welcome you!
Waraji Matsuri (The Sandal Festival) is the most famous and energetic traditional festival in Fukushima city. This festival was held on August 4 and 5. If you missed it, join us next year to see the largest straw sandal in Japan proudly paraded through the city center.
You can also see the Waraji Odori (Sandal Dance), featuring a large group of colorful dancers dancing to the reggae-inspired tune of “Heisei Waraji Ondo”.
Later in the night the hip-hop styled “Dancing Soda Night” brings a lot of energy to the festivities.
A water lily reminiscent of Claude Monet’s art blooms vividly in Fukushima and rice planted in May has been growing very well. They await more blessed rain, soon to come.
The left side picture is Mt. Azuma, whose peak is still covered with snow. What a beautiful contrast it is with the dark green forest in the foreground. On the same fine day, farmers were working hard in their fields, wishing for a fruitful harvest in Fukushima.
Rice was planted in May. After harvest, Fukushima rice is screened for radioactivity to keep contaminated products off the market. Since 2015, all rice has passed screening, and the market price for our agricultural products is improving.