Posted by katzueno on Monday, August 8th, 2011 (Japan Standard Time)

Hanzaki Matsuri Poster

50th Hanzaki Matsuri live cast

Giant Salamandar Festival from Yubara Onsen, Okayama

Live at 3:45pm on Aug 8, 2011 (JST) from Yubara Onsen, Okayama, Japan, English commentary broadcast of Hanzaki Matsuri (Giant Salamandar Festival).

Yubara Onsen (Hot Spring) is located in Okayama, 3~4 hours away from Osaka and Hiroshima.

Yubara Onsen has over 1,500 years of history since Kofun period. Yubara Onsen was surrounded by good steal mines. It was supposed to be the relaxing place among steal workers in ancient times.

In 1977, the public open-air bath of Yubara was ranked the best "Roten Buro" (open-air bath) among West Japan, and gained the popularity among Onsen-goers of Japan.

Now Yubara Onsen is one of the popular resorts among the people in Chugoku region (around Hiroshima & Okayama).

What is Hanzaki

In Japanese, Giant Salamandar is usually called "Ohsansho-uo". However, the people in Yubara called it "Hanzaki" because the ancient people said that monster salamandar was able to live even they are ripped half. Hanzaki means "ripped in half".

Hanzaki Matsuri

Hanzaki Matsuri may be originated during 1400, or 1500s. There is the fairy tale that one guy killed a monster giant salamander. However he and his family was cursed to death. The people decided to hold the festival to calm the Giant Salamander.

Hanzaki Matsuri (Giant Salamandar Festival) will be celebrating 50th anniversaty on Monday, August 8, 2011.

Watch the archived live cast

Yubara TV, the official Ustream channel of Yubara Onsen, will broadcast the Hanzaki Matsuri live. Katz from YokosoNews will join via Skype and provide the live commentary from Yokkaichi, Mie, Japan.

The original Ustream program will be broadcasted at Yubara.TV.

The live cast is scheduled to divided into 3 parts.We'll introduce Yubara Onsen, Hanzaki Matsuri and how to enjoy Onsen and etc. Most of all, relax, enjoy and feel the cozy Japanese summer festival.

The programming could be changed, postpond or cancelled at the last min.

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Date:

Date & Time

Monday, August, 8, 2011
3:45pm~10:00pm (Japan Standard Time)

* The program is subject to change, postpond or cancel at the last min.

Local times

*The time is not confirmed yet. Please follow YokosoNews on Twitter or like us on Facebook for the updates.

Location Week DateTime
USA/Honolulu Sunday 8/7/2011 8:45pm~
USA/Pacific Sunday 8/7/2011 11:45pm~
USA/Central Monday 8/8/2011 1:45am~
USA/Estern Monday 8/8/2011 2:45am~
Sao Paulo Monday 8/8/2011 3:45am~
London Monday 8/8/2011 7:45am~
Madrid Monday 8/8/2011 8:45am~
Paris Monday 8/8/2011 8:45am~
Kuwait Monday 8/8/2011 9:45am~
Moscow Monday 8/8/2011 10:45am~
Mumbai Monday 8/8/2011 12:15pm~
Bangkok Monday 8/8/2011 1:45pm~
Singapore Monday 8/8/2011 2:45pm~
Sydney Monday 8/8/2011 4:45pm~

Click here for the extended list.

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Katz Ueno
As the Editor-in-chief & Producer of YokosoNews, Katz wants to show Japan to the rest of the world.
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