This is the festival which was also demonstrated in Taiwan Lantern Festival in February, 2014. Every year, a friendship group from Taiwan participates in Fukushima Waraji Festival and such a participation strengthens friendship between the two countries, performing Ryumai (a traditional Taiwanese dragon dance).
The big waraji(a straw sandal), whose length is 12m and weight is 2t, is regarded as the biggest one in Japan. Every February since ancient times, this is dedicated to Haguro Shrine, praying for good walker at “Akatsukimairi”.
Fukushima Waraji Festival is derived from the “Akatsukimairi” and people parade along Route 13 carrying a big waraji. Every August this festival is done to provide Fukushima citizens and tourists with the opportunity of rest so that people can maintain the biggest waraji in Japan, love their hometown and enjoy the hotter climate of Fukushima.