"Kawabiraki" means "to open a river." Historically, the Ishinomaki Kawabiraki Festival began as a festival expressing gratitude to the military commander who excavated the Kitakami River. In the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the festival transformed into a celebration of the city's history and its ongoing recovery efforts. With festivities including memorial services, parades, and fireworks, the Kawabiraki Festival is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the culture of this coastal town while learning about the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Ishinomaki Kawabiraki Festival
July 31–August 1, 2019
石巻川開き祭り | Ishinomaki Kawabiraki Festival
Celebrating the culture and recovery of Ishinomaki City