Usokae Festival

Usokae Festival

At Usokae Festival, held in Iizaka Onsen Town, visitors buy lucky, hand-carved, wooden birds called ‘Usokae’. ‘Usokae’ translates as ‘changing lies’. Visitors who buy an Usokae bird must think of a ‘lie’ – i.e. something they don’t want to happen – which will in turn be changed to good luck to make sure that thing doesn’t occur by the birds by the end of the year. For example, you could think “I won’t pass my school exam” when you buy the bird, and by the end of the year, the bird will help you pass it! This is a unique local festival, and the hand-carved Usokae birds make very charming gifts too!

Venue Details

Venue Details
Website https://fukushima-guide.jp/event/january-events/
Contact

Fukushima City Tourism & Convention Association

(+81) 24-563-5554

fukushima.guide@f-kankou.jp

Best Season
  • Winter
Event details

Recurrence: Held in mid-January

Access Details
Access Nishine Shrine, Takahata 2, Yuno, Iizaka-machi, Fukushima City, Fukushima Pref. 960-0211 View directions
Getting there

By Car: 10 min from the Fukushima-Iizaka I.C. exit off the Tohoku Expressway

By Train: 7 min on foot from Iizaka Onsen Station (Fukushima Kotsu Iizaka Line)

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