Oct 022012
Kii Tanabe Benkei Matsuri

Town of Tanabe in Kii Province (currently Wakayama Prefecture) is where two masters of martial arts were born – legendary 12th-century warrior monk Musashibo Benkei and creator of Aikido – Morihei Ueshiba.

Early in October, the town holds a festival commemorating Benkei. Main character is an amateur actor chosen from among the citizens to perform a historical stage play on the first day.

Second day starts with Yosakoi Odori performance, but the most entertaining part is street dance in clogs performed by townspeople.