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Held annually on Nov. 3, a national holiday (Culture Day), the Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession starts at Yumoto Elementary School at 10 am. About 170 people dressed in feudal-era costume are in the procession. 湯本小学校
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Yumoto Elementary School is where the procession started at 10 am. The procession route is quite long, about 6 km. The procession ends at 2:30 pm. 湯本小学校
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They had a short ceremony and briefing.
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Special guest was former Yokozuna Wakanohana aka Hanada Masaru acting as the daimyo lord. Every year, they have a celebrity as the daimyo.
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The procession reenacts the daimyo procession of Okubo Kaga, lord of Odawara on his way to Edo (Tokyo) for the periodic sankin kotai procession.
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Daimyo's wife
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Ladies in waiting.
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Daimyo's wife is one of the main characters in the procession.
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The crowd follows Hanada Masaru.
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The Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession started in 1935 on the occasion of the Yumoto Expo. Except for the war years in the 1940s, this festival has been held annually.
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You hear, "Shitaaaa-niii, shitaaaa-niiii" (Go down, go down!) by the tsuyu-harai dew sweepers who lead the way to tell people to clear the way and bow in respect. 下ニー 下ニー
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These men are the luggage carriers carrying the hasami-bako boxes containing clothing and other necessities. Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu. 挟み箱
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Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession on Nov. 3
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These men are the keyari who carry fluffy-topped poles and toss the poles to each other. 毛槍
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Lead car
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The procession is led by this guide car.
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Daimyo's palanquin, however, I don't think anyone was in it. They never opened it.
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It's quite a long procession route so it's not that crowded much of the way.
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End of the procession.
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At about 11 am, they arrived at Hotel Nanpuso for a 30-min. break. ホテル南風荘
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Band played during the lunch break.
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At around 11:30 am, the procession resumed.
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Matchlock gunners
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At 11:30 am in front of Hotel Okada, they fired matchlock guns. ホテルおかだ
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They fired twice.
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Very loud bang.
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Hanada Masaru, former Yokozuna Wakanohana acting as the daimyo lord at Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu
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Hanada Masaru, former Yokozuna Wakanohana at Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu
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Hakone geisha
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Narrow road
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Scenic river
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The procession took a lunch break at a hotel called Tenseien from noon to 1:20 pm. 天成園
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Walked to Chimoto Bridge near the entrance to the Hakone Yumoto. ちもと
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Firing matchlock guns at Chimoto at 2 pm.
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Hanada Masaru
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Hakone geisha on rickshaw
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Hakone geisha on rickshaw at Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu
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Kimono dancers at Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu
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In front of Hakone Yumoto Station at about 2:10 pm.
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Hanada Masaru
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Hakone geisha on rickshaw
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They even waved at the people in the train station.
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The procession crossed the Yumoto Ohashi Bridge and ended at 2:30 pm at Hakone Fujiya Hotel.
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The following pictures were taken in an earlier year (not 2009). Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession starts at Yumoto Elementary School at 10 am. 湯本小学校
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The procession reenacts the daimyo procession of Okubo Kaga, lord of Odawara on his way to Edo (Tokyo) for the periodic sankin kotai procession.
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Ladies in waiting. These pictures were taken some time ago (not in 2009). Since I saw it, the procession has gotten larger with more groups.
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The daimyo lord is carried in a palanquin for the Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession. 大名駕籠
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Hakone Tourism Companions
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Yumoto Elementary School
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Before the feudal lord procession, there are normal people in dance groups, etc.
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The start of the Daimyo Procession. You hear, "Shitaaaa-niii, shitaaaa-niiii" (Go down, go down!) by the tsuyu-harai dew sweepers who lead the way to tell people to clear the way and bow in respect. 下ニー 下ニー
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These men are the luggage carriers carrying the hasami-bako boxes containing clothing and other necessities. Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu. 挟み箱
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The Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession started in 1935 on the occasion of the Yumoto Expo. Except for the war years in the 1940s, this festival has been held annually.
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Luggage carriers carrying the hasami-bako boxes containing clothing and other necessities. 挟み箱
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These men are the keyari who carry fluffy-topped poles and toss the poles to each other. 毛槍
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These men are the keyari who carry fluffy-topped poles and toss the poles to each other. 毛槍
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The daimyo feudal lord in Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession.
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Ladies in waiting. 奥女中
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She was definitely the focal point of the procession. Who cares about the daimyo? They past Yumoto Station in the background in the Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession.
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Crossing Yumoto Ohashi Bridge
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A large crowd watch the procession cross the Yumoto Ohashi Bridge. The parade ended at 2:30-3 pm.
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Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession poster. To get to Hakone Yumoto, take the Odakyu Line Romance Car from Shinjuku. A cheaper but longer way is to take the Odakyu Line to Odawara, then take the Hakone Tozan Railway train to Hakone Yumoto Station.
 
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