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Held on May 2-4, three ornate hikiyama floats are displayed and paraded around town. Young boys also perform in kabuki plays on the floats. May 3 is the main festival day, but May 2 is also a good day to see the matsuri. These photos were taken on May 2.
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May 2 is the Shigaku 試楽 or "practice day." It started at 11 am with each float in their respective neighborhoods putting on a kabuki play by boys. Get out the south side of Tarui Station. 鳳凰山(東町)
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The Hoo (Phoenix) float staged a scene from the play "Ichijo Okura kyookuden." 鳳凰山(東町)一条大蔵卿奥殿之場(いちじょうおおくらきょうおくでんのば)
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Tarui Hikiyama Matsuri has a 650-year history. Female roles are also played by boys.
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Tarui Hikiyama Matsuri held on May 2 in Tarui, Gifu. Featuring three floats and kabuki plays performed by boys (kodomo kabuki).
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Hoo float ornament
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Float ornament with a phoenix in the background.
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Posing for a group photo.
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After the group photo, they will soon pull the float to Yaegaki Shrine at around 5:35 pm.
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Another Hikiyama, one called Hanrinkaku, was here in this traditional-looking neighborhood. 攀鱗閣(西町)
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Hanrinkaku 攀鱗閣(西町)
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Hanrinkaku 攀鱗閣(西町)一谷嫩軍記(いちのたにふたばぐんき)
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We will see more photos from this float later in the evening when they performed with lit paper lanterns (see bottom).
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The third float, called Shirankaku, was near Tarui no Izumi spring. 紫雲閣(中町)
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紫雲閣(中町)義経千本桜(よしつねせんぼんざくら)
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Tarui Hikiyama Matsuri, Gifu. Also see my YouTube video here.
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Back of Shirankaku Hikiyama float. 紫雲閣(中町)
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They started pulling the Shirankaku float through the main street.
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Pulling the float past Nangu Taisha's torii along the Nakasendo Road.
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At around 5:35 pm, the three floats headed for Yaegaki Shrine for the festival eve event.
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Also see my YouTube video here.
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The float pullers started acting crazy and went wild with the ropes.
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Wrapping the rope around the utility pole??
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Turning the float.
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Heading for Yaegaki Shrine.
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In front of Yaegaki Shrine, next to the elementary school.
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Two floats are already here.
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The third and last float arrives.
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Yaegaki Shrine
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We waited around for about 30 min. until someone gave the signal, and suddenly men appeared on all three floats to hang the paper lanterns in a race to light up the float first.
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All three floats were finally lit.
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Tarui Hikiyama Matsuri
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Hanrinkaku then started its kabuki performance. 攀鱗閣(西町)一谷嫩軍記(いちのたにふたばぐんき)
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Hanrinkaku 攀鱗閣(西町)一谷嫩軍記(いちのたにふたばぐんき)
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Tarui Hikiyama Festival
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Also see my YouTube video here.
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For more info in Japanese, see: http://www.tarui-kanko.jp/
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Arigato gozaimashita!
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The other two floats did not stage their plays.
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At 8:25 pm, the three floats started to leave the shrine to return to their neighborhoods.
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