You don't need a round-trip ticket back to the USA to enjoy country music, dancing, and big slice of beef, just head out to Takko Town Saturday and Sunday, October 1st and 2nd for their 26th annual Garlic and Beef Festival to enjoy Texas Barbecue -- Japanese style.
Nestled in the foothills of Aomori's mountains just southeast of Lake Towada, Takko Town's delicious beef is known throughout Japan. Drinking natural spring water is just one of the secrets of the health of the high quality cows called "Japanese Black" that produce this high quality delectablemeat.Takko Town's other claim to fame is that they are the #1 producer of garlic in Japan. Because of this, they have established a sister city relationship with other internationally famous garlic producing areas such as Gilroy, California, Monticelli, Italy, and Seosan, Korea.
Each year student and music exchanges take place. These community members also attend each other's festivals, giving the 2-day extravaganza a very international flavor. This year also the Garlic Queen of Gilroy and her entourage will be on hand to meet you! Each year the main event at the festival is the Yakiniku (barbecue) Party with Takko beef which you can season with specially produced garlic tare (sauce) to enhance the flavor. Taking place at the 2-2-9 DOME (pronounced ni-ni-ku, the same word for garlic in Japanese) just at the bottom of the ski lift, the indoor and outdoor venues means no matter what the weather brings, everyone can remain warm and dry!
There will be a lot of entertainment happening at the inside and outside stages. The lineup includes many games for children as well as a bouncy house. There will be country dance shows, garlic spitting contest, garlic sumo and garlic putting. Other shows include the Nanyadoyara Bon dance dating back 630 years, Takko Kangura dance and Yosakoi Soran dancers. There will also be a raffle each day for all advance ticket holders for the Bar-B-Q with lots of great prizes. English interpreters will also be available.
The entrance to the festival is free, but to participate in the barbecue, you should buy an advanced ticket. This will insure you a big slice of the mouth watering Takko Beef. Advanced ticket holders will receive a barbecue set of beef and veggies for you to cook yourself. Do it yourself cooking areas will be set up at the site!
To get an advanced ticket, go to the Misawa ITT or the information booth at Shimoda Mall (2,000 yen). If you are not able to get an advanced ticket, it will not be possible to get on in the barbecue. You can not buy a barbecue set at the festival this year. Misawa ITT will also have a shuttle bus from the base to the venue on Saturday and Sunday. Call 226-3555 for more information!
It goes without saying there will be a lot of booths selling many different kinds of great tasting Japanese foods and drinks. A group of country line dancers from Misawa Air Base will be on hand Saturday afternoon to get your feet slap-happy. Again there will be lots of events for children as well!
If after the festival you are still in an adventurous mood, you can drive the road up higher to the top of the ski lift for a breathtaking autumn colored view. There is also a yakiniku restaurant at the top there. Allow yourself some time so you can also visit the famous Miroku waterfalls by going back down to Route 104, turning right and driving about 20 more minutes.
DIRECTIONS: It takes about an hour and a half to get to Takko Town from Misawa Air Base. Go out the Falcon Gate -- also called the POL gate -- and start counting lights. Turn left at the 13th light to get on the Dai Ni (No. 2) Michinoku Expressway. At the first toll booth, pay 250 yen and get a ticket. Get off at the 2nd exit called Hachinohe Kita (north).
After paying the toll, go to the light and turn right. After 2.8 kilometers turn left onto the off ramp, go down to the light and turn right. Follow this road (you will go by the Hachinohe Fish Market on your left side) 4 kilometers and turn right at the light (big pachinko parlor on corner), you will now be on Route 104. Go 14 kilometers (you will go through Nagawa Town, now known as Nanbu Town) and turn left onto Route 4. Go 13 kilometers and turn left onto the off ramp (you will be in Sannohe Town). Go to stop sign and turn right, you are back on Route 104. Go 9.3 kilometers and turn right onto Route 21(this turn off is just past the 3 stoplights in Takko Town). Follow this narrow road 6.7 kilometers and turn left at the fork (right before this turn there is an English sign for Soyu mura) another 1.5 kilometers up the road turn right and you will be at the Festival!
To get to Miroku waterfalls: Go back down Route 21 and turn right on Route104 go 15.1 kilometers (you will pass a light at the 9 kilometer mark) and turn left at the sign for Miroku Falls, go another 5 kilometers park and walk 3 to 4 minutes over to the waterfall. Drive carefully.
Be advised that by press time not all the times for the schedule had been finalized.
Saturday, October 1
10:30 Opening Ceremony
11:30 Garlic Queen paper/rock/scissors contest
12:00 Sister City guests welcome ceremony
12:30 Sano Shachu Dance
13:30 American Garlic Queen Dance & song
14:10 Misawa Country Line Dancers
14:40 Naniyadoyara Dance
Sunday, October 2
10:30 Opening Ceremony
11:30 Garlic Queen paper/rock/scissors contest (pending)
12:00 Sister City Guests welcome ceremony
13:30 Hula Dance
14:00 Yosakoi Soran Dance
14:30 Kangura Dance
USA に帰る旅費を費やさなくてもカントリー音楽やダンス、肉厚なステーキを楽しむことがで きる。日本風BBQ をこの祭事で味わうことができる。
田子牛は日本の中でも名高い牛肉で天然水を飲んでこそ生まれる最高級の黒牛である。田子町は、にんにくでも有名で日本一の生産を誇る。そんなわけもあって、ギルロイ、カリフォルニア、イタリア、韓国との姉妹都市関係を築いている。毎年１０月に行われる焼肉 パーテイーでは、にんにく味の特性たれで焼かれた肉がふるまわれる。 屋内外で行われる様々なイベントには、子供から大人まで楽しめる様々な催し物が盛りだくさん。英語での解説もある。 入園無料だが、BBQ に参加したいものは、参加費用が必要になる。
行き方： 三沢から1 時間半。第二みちのくを通って八戸北で降りる。 国道104 号線から田子へ、車をはしらせる。弥勒の滝に向かうには田子まちから国道21 号線にもどり、国道104 号線に変わってしばら くすると、左手に表札が見えてくる。
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