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Suginoki Jinja Shrine. A short walk from Yamanoue 山之上 bus stop from JR Omi-Hachiman Station. 杉之木神社 MAP
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The main path to Suginoki Shrine in Ryuo where the Kenketo and naginata procession will come through. The Kenketo Matsuri festival is held annually on May 3. It features the naginata dance and more.
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Stone monument commemorating Suginoki Shrine as the birthplace as the Naginata Matsuri festival. 薙刀踊り発祥の宮(石碑) 杉之木神社
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Grounds of Suginoki Shrine and main venue for the Kenketo Festival in Ryuo.
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Suginoki Shrine
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Suginoki Shrine Honden Hall
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Suginoki Shrine Honden Hall
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Another path to the shrine decorated with paper lanterns.
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On the day of the festival on May 3, the Kenketo and naginata dance are held at multiple shrines in the area including neighboring Higashi-Omi. This is Higashi Hiyoshi Shrine (short walk from Suginoki) where a kenketo procession was to arrive and dance.
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The procession arrived Higashi Hiyoshi Shrine at about 2:15 pm.
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Back at Suginoki Shrine.
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Kenketo Matsuri in Ryuo. Also see my YouTube Video here.
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The boys had these small bells on their back.
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Naginata dance 長刀仕舞振り(長刀芸)
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Naginata Odori in Ryuo. 長刀仕舞振り(長刀芸)
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Also see my YouTube Video here.
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Kenketo Matsuri poster
   
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