Esashi Oiwake National Competition(September)

Event date ■Preliminaries
 Friday, 20th September 2019
 Saturday, 21st September 2019
 Sunday, 22nd September 2019
Venue Esashi Town Cultural Hall

The "Esashi Oiwake" took root in this region, following many changes, by being nurtured in the long history and culture of Esashi. Since then, it has spread throughout the country as a song that evokes a deep connection between the hearts of Japanese people, and 149 branches with over 3,000 oiwake members have formed including overseas in Brazil, Hawaii, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Francisco. It has grown to become a proud traditional art worthy of global recognition. The Esashi Oiwake National Competition is a special event that takes place in Esashi, the home of the oiwake, where approximately 370 select oiwake singers from around the country gather to compete to be the best voice in Japan. Since the very first competition was held in 1963, it has become the oldest among the national folk song competitions that continue to thrive. For three days during autumn, with the venue at its heart, the entire town of Esashi becomes a stage for oiwake immersed in passion and excitement.

57th Esashi Oiwake National Competition / 23rd Esashi Oiwake National Seniors Competition / 23rd Esashi Oiwake National Juniors Competition finalists

57th Esashi Oiwake National Competition

First place Kinue Hisano
Second place Chiaki Watanabe
Third place Sayuri Takeda

23rd Esashi Oiwake National Seniors Competition

First place Syozo Izumi
Second place Kinuko Takahashi
Third place Minoru Yamada

23rd Esashi Oiwake National Juniors Competition finalists

First place Taj Riley
Second place Tomoya Kurose
Third place Yuki Iwai


20th(Fri) lunch break Esashi oiwake performed by all the students of Esashi Middle School
21st(Sat) Boys and girls song (lunch break)
Shakuhachi (traditional Japanese woodwind instrument) (before the announcement of competitor standings)
22nd(Sun) ・Song of the previous champion
 22nd Juniors Competition champion Yuiko Imai
 (* lunch break performance)
 22nd National Seniors Competition dhampion Chizuko Enda
 56th Competition champion  Satsuki Inoue
 * Esashi Oiwake with dance: Esashi Oiwake Preservation Association

・Songs of the previous champions
 24th Competition champion Tamari Suzuki (main song)
 41st Competition champion Erika Terashima×48th    Competition champion Toshiaki Nishikawa
 * Esashi Oiwake with dance: Sasson District Management Council Dance Section
 35th Competition champion Sumie Hosokawa×36th Competition champion Rimiko Katagiri
 51st Competition champion Hatsuo Kakinuma

Admission ticket

Early-bird tickets are sold by the Esashi Oiwake Association

Early-bird tickets 2,000 yen
Regular tickets 2,300 yen
(20th of September or later)

For details, please contact the Esashi Oiwake Association
TEL +81-139-52-5555

Evenet Minpaku (vacation rentals)

Esashi Oiwake National Competition live broadcast

2019 Poster

Esashi Oiwake National Convention Program Exhibition Held

The Esashi Library in the Bunka Kaikan, where the national convention is held, will display the Esashi Oiwake National Convention pamphlet from the 1st to the 57th during the Oiwake Convention. Please pick it up and have a look inside. Please feel free to use the library if you have time during the Esashi Oiwake National Folk Singing Convention season.

Date of the convention 20th of September, 2019 to the 22nd of September, 2019
Place Esashi Town Library, 2nd floor of cultural hall.
(Inside the venue of Oiwake convention)
TEL +81-139-52-5454
Time of the convention 20th(Fri) 9:00 - 19:00
21st(Sat) 9:00 - 17:00
22nd(Sun) 9:00 - 17:00


Esashi Town Cultural Hall