Komachi Festival held for 1st time in 3 years

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Seven ‘Komachi musume’ walk on stage in Yuzawa, Akita Prefecture, on Saturday.

AKITA – The Komachi Festival was held at Komachi no Sato park in Yuzawa, Akita Prefecture, to honor Ono no Komachi on Saturday evening for the first time in three years. Ono no Komachi was an ancient poet during Heian period (794-1185) and is said to have been born in Yuzawa.

Seven “Komachi musume,” who promote the tourism in the city, appeared on stage in traditional costumes and one by one read Komachi’s waka poems with graceful gestures.

The festival was held by the Yuzawa City Ogachi Tourism Association and an executive committee. To prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, this year’s event was scaled back, such as by the cancelling the photo session.