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Held on Dec. 2-3 by Chichibu Shrine, Chichibu Yomatsuri is one of Japan's Big Three Hikiyama Float Festivals. Ornate floats are pulled along the city's main streets until they reach a large plaza at night where they are lit with lanterns. Fireworks then serve as the climax. Photo: Seibu Chichibu Station
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In front of Seibu Chichibu Station
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Main street crowd
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Floats parked along the main drag.
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Ornate float is pulled along the streets toward Chichibu Shrine.
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Chichibu Yomatsuri. Also see the video at YouTube.
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Stage at Chichibu Shrine
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Chichibu Shrine
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Chichibu Shrine offertory bin
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Stage performance at Chichibu Shrine
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Float at Chichibu Shrine
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Float at Chichibu Shrine
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Main drag
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Mini octopus
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Storehouse for a float
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Local fire station designed like a float.
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How to turn the float.
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Children's kabuki
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A float proceeds to the Otabisho plaza.
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A float proceeds to the Otabisho plaza.
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Taiko drum performance at the Otabisho.
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A float climbs up the Dangozaka slope before entering the Otabisho.
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団子坂
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A total of 6 floats arrive. Chichibu Yomatsuri. Also see the video at YouTube.
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With great fanfare, the floats are pulled up the slope.
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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In the Otabisho, a large plaza.
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The festival climaxes with fireworks.
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Chichibu Night Festival climax
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