Dance with Spirit at the Kiryu Yagibushi Festival

Celebrate with the Kiryu Spirit!

Kiryu Yagibushi Festival
If you’re in the Gunma area, you can join this massive crowd in Kiryu City.

Kiryu City in Gunma Prefecture, the setting for Manga Planet’s original series The Silk Weaver’s Apprentice and the Kiryu Spirit, will be holding the Kiryu Yagibushi Festival on August 3, 4 and 5, 2018. Around 500,000 people attend every year, making it one of the biggest events in the Joshu area.

Over the years, towns around Kiryu celebrated local industries and eventually combined to create the Kiryu Yagibushi Festival in 1964. Yagibushi, the traditional folk dance of Gunma Prefecture, gained popularity in Kiryu around the Taisho Era when it was a prosperous textile city. During the festival, yagibushi takes center stage, but visitors can also expect to see yatai floats and array of food booths.

Kiryu City Summer Festival

Some of the largest in the Kanto region, these traditional floats are passed down from generation to generation in each town.

Kiryu Yagibushi Festival

More information on this festival can be found on the official website and Facebook :

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The Silk Weaver’s Apprentice and the Kiryu Spirit

The Silk Weaver’s Apprentice and the Kiryu Spirit is an original manga series made in collaboration with Kiryu City and written by Yasunori Kasuga and illustrated by Ariko. Kiryu City is well known for its silk production, a traditional industry that dates back to 713. In this heartfelt comedy, Princess Shirataki, the spirit of the Kiryu traditional weaving art, takes the form of a young girl and appears suddenly before Ryuu, an apprentice of the Kiryu traditional silk weaving method. Ryuu and Saori, his childhood friend, learn from Princess Shirataki the seven techniques of Kiryu art and how to use it in modern fashion.

You can read all chapters of this manga series for free in English and Japanese on our official website.

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