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Held annually during May 2 and 3, the Hino Matsuri is the largest festival in eastern Shiga Pref. In 2006, sixteen ornate floats and three portable shrines were paraded through the streets. It is the spring festival of the Umamioka Watamuki Shrine.
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Nishinomiya Shrine on May 2, 2006 西之宮
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Portable shrine (mikoshi) at Nishinomiya Shrine. The mikoshi are carried to this nearby shrine from Watamuki Shrine. 西之宮
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Ceremony at Nishinomiya Shrine西之宮
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Warehouse for one of the floats
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May 2: Night Festival where the floats are lit up at night 宵祭
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Pulling a float on the festival eve starting at 7 pm.
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May 2: Night Festival 宵祭
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May 3, 2006: Hino Matsuri at Umamioka Watamuki Shrine 本祭(馬見岡綿向神社)Map
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The 16 floats start entering the shrine grounds during 9:30 - 11:00 am.
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Another dashi float is hauled to the shrine. 南大窪町の「南壮社(なんそうしゃ)」
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Pulling another float at the Hino Matsuri, Shiga Pref.
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"Yoisho!" (Heave ho!)
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Steering the float
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Steering the float with a stick stuck under the wheel to nudge it in the desired direction.
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One by one, all the floats gather at the shrine.
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Photos labeled as "2012" were taken on May 3, 2011, not 2012.
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Rikutoku float from Shimizu-cho arrives at the shrine.
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Tapestry on the back of the Shimizu-cho float.
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All the while at the shrine, festival music was played.
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Most of the floats have decorations on the roof. Most depict local heroes such as Lord Gamo Ujisato.
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My video of Hino Matsuri on May 3, 2011.
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Each float has a decoration on the roof depicting a popular topic during the past year. This is Yamauchi Kazutoyo and wife Chiyo from the NHK Taiga Drama called "Komyo ga Tsuji.""Komyo ga Tsuji" is about a up and coming samurai named Yamauchi Kazutoyo and his wife Chiyo who was from Shiga. The story's main setting is Shiga, and the year-long TV series was broadcast during 2006.
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World Cup soccer 南大窪町の「南壮社(なんそうしゃ)」
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Ito Miki, a member of Japan's moguls team at the Turin Winter Olympics, is from Hino.
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Ukiyoe
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Commemorating Tezuka Osamu's 60th anniversary since his debut as a manga artist. That's Tetsuwan no Atom or Astro Boy.
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"Oh Japan" for the World Baseball Classic won by Japan and coached by Oh Sadaharu.
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A bug
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Float named Man'ensha. Built in 1860 (Man’en 1). 萬延社Constructed in 1860 (Man’en 1). For the first 70 years since its construction, the wood used in this hikiyama was unfinished; but to commemorate the enthronement of Emperor Showa, in 1929 (Showa 4) a black lacquer finish as well as gold leaf and decorative metalwork was added.
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Back of a float
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Rear view of floats
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Side view of a float
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Closeup of the steps
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Float named "Kanbusha" 観舞車
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Float named "Hakkei-kaku" featuring small sculptures of the Eight Views of Omi. Built in 1807. Metal ornamentation as well as painted wood carvings on the front and upper transom depicting the Eight Famous Views of Ōmi... 八景閣Constructed circa 1807 (Bunka 4), from Shin-cho. Metal ornamentation as well as painted wood carvings on the front and upper transom depicting the Eight Famous Views of Ōmi create an elaborate adornment to the entryway of this splendid hikiyama.

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Miss Shakunage (Rhododendron) pose in front of a float. There is a valley nearby famous for rhododendron.
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Miss Shakunage (Rhododendron)
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One float (from Shimizu-cho) provided an explanation about the float in English.
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Float from Shimizu-cho with a panel explaining about the float in both English and Japanese. Carved panels depicting the Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety by famed Suwa woodcarver, Tatekawa Washirō and a wave design drawn by Kyōto artist Mankō are..Constructed in 1825 (Bunsei 8). Carved panels depicting the Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety by famed Suwa woodcarver, Tatekawa Washirō and a wave design drawn by Kyōto artist Mankō are of great beauty. The gold leaf and lacquer adorning this hikiyama was applied by a Shimizu-chō resident artisan employing the utmost skill and devotion.

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TV personality Daniel Kahl and a fan at Hino Matsuri, Hino, Shiga Prefecture. ダニエル・カールWhat's this guy from Yamagata-ken doing here at the Hino Matsuri in Shiga Pref??

ダニエル・カール
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The floats were very colorful against the greenery.
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It was the finest day for the Hino Matsuri festival.
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The three "Kamiko." 神子
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Ceremony at the shrine
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Kamiko. 神子 芝田楽 (shibadengaku)
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After the ceremony, the Kamiko lead the procession.
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People line up to pray at the shrine.
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Since this was soon after 3/11 Tohoku disasters, a black and white curtain (used for mourning) was put up.
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A Shinto ceremony is held in front of the three portable shrines.
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Sacred dance is performed during the ceremony.
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The first of three portable shrines leave the shrine in a procession for the Otabisho resting place across town.
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Kamiko神子
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The procession head for the Otabisho at 11:30 am. 渡御出発
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Horse
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The first mikoshi approaches.
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Some chidren lead the way for the second mikoshi.
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The second mikoshi makes its way through.
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They exit shrine and head for the Otabisho.
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Shrine priest in the procession heading for the Otabisho.
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Break
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Mikoshi
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Refreshments served. On the left is the unique sajiki-mado window for viewing the festival.
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Special viewing window called "sajiki-mado" at Hino Matsuri. They view the Hino Festival procession from this special window. 桟敷窓
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The procession proceeds with people chanting "yare, yare."
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One of the three mikoshi on its way to the Otabisho.
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Entrance to Hibarino Otabisho ひばり野 お旅所
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The procession reaches the Otabisho at 12:30 pm.
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Kamiko receive many gifts.神子
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Two of the mikoshi already at the Otabisho.
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Phoenix atop a mikoshi
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Mikoshi closeup
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Mikoshi closeup
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Mikoshi closeup
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The third mikoshi arrives.
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The three mikoshi.
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The three mikoshi at the Otabisho.
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Ceremony at Otabisho お旅所祭典
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Ceremony at Otabisho
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Sacred dance is performed.
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Procession ready to leave the Otabisho at 3 pm.
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The three mikoshi start to leave the Otabisho.
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The second mikoshi leaves.
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The mikoshi on its way back to Watamuki Shrine.
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One of the mikoshi arrives back at Watamuki Shrine at around 4 pm.
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A mikoshi on its way to the shrine.
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Mikoshi at the shrine
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Body toss
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The three Kamiko.神子
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At 6:00 pm, the procession starts to leave the shrine.
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The floats also start to leave the shrine.
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The floats leave the shrine one after another.
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Float named "Jusosha" leave the shrine. 寿雙車
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Enjoying a free ride home.
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Heading home. More about Hino here.
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The Rikutoku float from Shimizu-cho prepares to leave the shrine.
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