The first week of August was a pretty lively weekend for me in Sano. The Hidesato Festival in Sano and the 102 Ashikaga fireworks festival were happening this weekend. The Hidesato Festival is the biggest event of the summer in Sano. So far this weekend was the liveliest I’ve seen this whole city. There was plenty of festival food to enjoy at cheep prices, Hidesato style horseback archery, carrying of miniature shrines (mikoshi), live concerts, dances, mascot meet and greets, and so much more.
On the sixth I went to the 102 annual Ashikaga fireworks festival. Where people come and sit along the Tanaka Hashimoto riverside and watch about two hours worth of fireworks being shot up into the air. For the fireworks, various sponsors pay money to set off their own fireworks, pretty much to show off how rich they are. To give an estimate on how much some companies paid, $7000 USD would get you about five seconds worth of fireworks. It was beautiful and well worth the adventure. I did feel a little out of place here because so many people were wearing yukatas and kimonos. Once I get my first pay check I have to buy one.
On the seventh I spent a little bit more time at the Hidesato Festival in Sano.The Sano Hidesato festival, this year was the 24th annual festival held on the 6th, and 7th of August. Here you could meet some of the mascots of Tochigi, they even put on a little play with them at the State House.