■坂本総本店 Sakamoto Confectionary Flagship Store
Sakamoto specializes in rakka-senbei (peanut rice crackers). The building itself is located on Honmachi-dori Street and is a Registered Tangible Cultural Property, having been constructed in the earthen dozo-kura (plastered wall storehouse) style of old.
At 300-plus-years and counting, Yaegakijinja gionsai is one of Chiba’s most significant celebrations. The event features a parade of twenty mikoshi both around Yaegaki Shrine and throughout the city, with participants yelling “Anrya doshita!” all the while. Enshrined at Yaegeki is Susano’o Mikoto, the god of matchmaking — so no doubt love will be in the air too.
よかっぺ祭り Yokappe festival
Yokappe roughly translates to “How nice!” or “That’s great!” in the Sosa dialect. The mikoshi seen and used in this festival is handcrafted by Sosa elementary schoolchildren. There are also stalls, dancing events, and entertainment shows.
Visitors to and participants in the Goshinkousai pray for a healthy harvest, prosperous business, and safe travel. A mikoshi and hayashi parade of traditional flutes and taiko drums makes its way through the city’s Node and Kawabe districts before finally arriving at the seashore. The sight of the energetic mikoshi procession splashing in the water and kicking up sea spray is both breathtaking and invigorating at the same time.
After the mikoshi parade, make your way to Iwasawa-so on the Kujukuri Beach Line and get a taste of the deliciously fresh iwashidon (long sardine rice bowl).
Open: 11 AM – 9 PM (no regular closed days)
Contact Number: 0479-67-3564
Address: 17125 Node, Sosa City, Chiba