Shinjo Festival has a long history, and it was designated in 2009 as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property.
What people get amazed is its magnificent floats called "Yatai."
Each region in Shinjo city makes a float based on one scene of Kabuki or Old Japan's Folk Tale.
Children hold the rope and pull the float with traditional music and big calls.
When I was a child, I took part in Shimokanezawa's float and paraded all over the city.
I like to join the festival both as a puller and as a spectator.