Yoshikawa Hachimangu Tobansai Festival
On October 1st this festival, which has been observed for generations, starts by choosing those for the leading role in the festival called tohzashi, and proceeds for one month. The “Main Festival Event” is held every year on the fourth Sunday in October. This festival is a Shinto ritual designated as a Significant Intangible Folk Cultural Asset by Okayama Prefecture. Retainers wearing the Edo-period kamishimo (ceremonial dress of the warrior class) and the toban-sama (designated leaders of the festival) wearing white clothing walk through the streets. The festival is, so to speak, not like reality but like looking at an illustrated handscroll. It creates an aura of mystery, attracting many tourists yearly to the Yoshikawa Hachimangu Festival.