Tadami Snow Festival 2023, February 10-11, 2023. 只见的老家庙会二〇二三。二月十号和十一号二〇二三年。只見ふるさとの雪まつり2023年 2月10-11日。

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(# Tadami Snow Festival, Tadami, Feb. 10, 2023. #只見雪まつり 只見2/10/2023)
February 10-12th are Tadami Snow Festival days including the Festival Eve on the 10th. This year’s festival features commemoration of full resumption of Tadami Line operation last year for the first time in 11 years as well as the festival’s 50th anniversary. Photo above shows a gigantic snow sculpture of Tadami Line train at the venue right next to JR Tadami Station. A life-size front of the train is on the left and a train running through elevated Kanotsu River Bridge is placed on the upper part.

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(# Tadami Snow Festival, Tadami, Feb. 10, 2023. #只見雪まつり 只見2/10/2023) 
Entrance gate to the venue was created with a large snow sculpture as shown above.

(# Tadami Snow Festival, Tadami, Feb. 11, 2023. #只見雪まつり 只見2/11/2023)
Tadami line train made by snow looks running through an elevated bridge over the festival’s main stage in a photo above.

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(# Tadami Line, Kanotsu Bridge, Tadami, Feb. 10, 2023. #只見線 叶津川橋梁 只見2/10/2023)
The model of the snow sculpture is a train running over the Kanotsu River Bridge in Tadami Town. A photo above shows a real view as of Feb. 10th. This section was also suspended operation for 11 years. It was a freezing cold day with snow when I took this picture. We cannot see the Kanotsu River because of 1.8m-high snow wall in front.

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(# Tadami Snow Festival, Tadami, Feb. 10, 2023. #只見雪まつり 只見2/10/2023)
In the evening of the Eve, illumination started on the snow sculpture as shown above. You can see staff members still preparing for the coming projection mapping event amid the falling snow.

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(# Tadami Line Kiha-Kun, Tadami, Feb. 11, 2023. #只見線 キハ君 只見2/11/2023)
Photo above shows Tadami Line mascot character, Kiha-Kun, which is named after the train car model Kiha series.

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Finally, I left Tadami on the 11th Saturday taking the afternoon train to Aizuwakamatsu. As you see in a photo above many passengers were waiting to take the train. Most of the seats were occupied until the train reached the final destination, which is a happy news for Japan Railway.

Today, I used Tadami Town’s new public demand taxi service to get to Kanotsu Bridge and back to Tadami Station (about 10 minutes each). This was the second time I used this service. It’s called “snow taxi” and the fare was 200 yen each. It’s grateful that even people outside the town can use this convenient and inexpensive service. (Only on weekdays.)

I stayed overnight at Minakawa Ryokan (Inn) just 5-minute walk from the festival venue. The inn provides a double discount for government tourism support subsidies and Tadami Line supporter’s discount.

The exact locations are shown in a map below. The map can be scaled up and down with click and scroll.

Nihonmatsu: Town of autumn festivals. 二本松的秋季庙会。秋祭りの町: 二本松。2022年10月3日 公開。

In Nihonmatsu a series of autumn festivals are held in October: Chochin, Abaredashi, and Chrysanthemum Festivals. Please enjoy the scale, variety, and fun!
10月の二本松は、秋祭りが続けて行われます: 提灯祭り、あばれ山車、菊人形祭り。各々趣きがあり、ご覧ください。


Usokae Festival, April 27, 2022. 鸴替祭祀,四月二十七号2022年。うそかえ祭 高畑天満宮 2022年4月27日。

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(# Usokae Festival, Takahata Tenmangu, April 27, 2022. #うそかえ祭 高畑天満宮 4/27/2022)
Today I visited Takahata Tenmangu Shrine at Iizakamachi, Fukushima City. A photo above shows a carved wooden doll of uso bird or bullfinch, which is a good-luck talisman. Sugawara-no-Michizane, the god of learning, was enshrined in the shrine. It is said that when he headed toward Kyushu aboard a ship in the old time the ship encountered a storm but uso birds guided the ship safely. This is why the bird is highly respected at the shrine. “Usokae” means changing bad things to good luck, so the bird’s doll is used as a talisman against any kind of bad luck.

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(# Usokae Festival, Takahata Tenmangu, April 27, 2022. #うそかえ祭 高畑天満宮 4/27/2022)
Top photo above shows Takahata Tenmangu Shrine building. And beside it there stand some of the bird’s statues as shown in the middle photo above. The bottom photo shows close-up view.

At the entrance gate of the shrine wisteria flowers were in beautiful bloom as shown above.

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In the precinct of the shrine there was another shrine called Nishine Shrine as shown above.

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This morning I arrived at the shrine around shortly after 10 a.m. but already a long line was formed as shown above. It took 1.5 hours until I reached the shrine office.

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A photo above shows the shrine office where staff members were busy selling wooden dolls. Today was a single day of annual spring Uso Festival and the wooden talismans are provided only today.

Takahata Tenmangu Shrine is located about 10-minute walk from Iizakaonsen Station of Iizaka Line.

The exact route and locations are shown in a map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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