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It is fun to invite many swans and wild birds to Tome City.

Dontosai, Fireworks Festival Dontosai, Fireworks Festival (Ishikoshi)

Dontosai is usually held on January 14. Locals bring New Year's decorations to a temple or shrine and burn them to wish for prosperity in their community, happiness for everybody, and a good crop.

On the same day, they set off about 1,400 fireworks. The whole area attracts many visitors.

Swans begin to fly into Izunuma and Uchinuma from Siberia at the end of November Swans begin to fly into Izunuma and Uchinuma from Siberia at the end of November (Hasama)

Izunuma and Uchinuma were designated as important wetlands at The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Many geese and wild birds as well as swans migrate here for the winter from far away as Siberia.

Local residents and visitors feed them rice or snacks to welcome them. There is an abundance of wildlife in the area including trees and other plants. There is no pollution here. Izunuma and Uchinuma are the paradise for the birds .

The best season to visit the area and see the wild birds are fall and winter.

In fall and winter, Izunuma and Uchinuma are packed with swans, wild birds and tourists.

Yonekawa Mizukaburi Yonekawa Mizukaburi (Towa)

This is an amusing event. Local men from each area in Yonekawa don straw hats and coats to parade through the streets with small wooden buckets. Their faces are painted with soot from old-fashioned kitchen ranges.

Those people throw water on the houses hoping to protect them from fire.

February 12 (the first horse day each year)
Sanuma Dontosai Sanuma Dontosai (Hasama)

Residents bring New Year's decorations to burn them at a nearby temple or shrine, and wish for their health, a good crop, and good business. Shrines and temples are visited by many guests from neighborhood cities.

In Hasama, Tsushima Jinja (shrine) is the main place of Dontosai.

January 4
Guide to winter festivals and events
  • From December 1 to January 31 / Fuyu no Hotaru Dori (streets in downtown area are illuminated) (Toyosato)
  • From December 1 to January 2 / Ishinomori Shotaro Furusato Memorial Pageant of Light(Nakada)
    Trees and the hedges are illuminated by strings of lights.
  • From mid-December to the beginning of January / Mokumoku Land Light Up (Tsuyama)
    Trees are illuminated by many strings of lights.

  • January 14 / Sanuma Dontosai (Hasama)
  • January 14 / Kagano Taishido Dontosai & Nabekko Kaburi (Nakada)
  • January 14 / Toyosato Dontosai (Toyosato)
  • January 14 / Toyoma Dontosai (Toyoma)
  • January 14 / Ishikoshi Dontosai & Fireworks Festival (Ishikoshi)
  • January 14 / Wakakusa Jinja Dontosai (Towa)
  • Mid January / Mochigiri (Yoneyama)

  • February 3 / Mamemaki (a bean-throwing ceremony) (Senshoji Temple in Toyoma)
  • February 3 / Miyagi Kitakami Renpo Kite Festival (Toyoma)
  • February 12 (the first horse day each year) / Yonekawa Mizukaburi

  • The first Sunday / Chacha World opens to the public. (Ishikoshi)

Please note that these festivals and events may be cancelled due to inclement weather or emergencies.
For more information, please contact the tourist information department at Tome City Hall.

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