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The Nagahama Hikiyama Matsuri is held annually on several days in April, but the main day is April 15. Comprehensive documentary video showing highlights of 2016.
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Poster for the 2009 Nagahama Hikiyama Festival.
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The Nagahama Hikiyama Matsuri's main highlight are boys age 5 to 12 performing kabuki plays on a few ornate floats at Nagahama Hachimangu Shrine and other locations in central Nagahama. MAP
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These pictures were taken on April 15. In the morning, all the kabuki actors proceed to Nagahama Hachimangu Shrine, arriving by 8:30 am.
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Arriving at Nagahama Hachimangu Shrine. People are not allowed to cross in front of this procession.
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The kabuki boys for each hikiyama float proceed to the shrine, headed by a boy holding a sacred staff with zigzag paper.
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After the kabuki boys, processions of Naginata sword bearers also proceed to Nagahama Hachimangu Shrine.
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Men wearing sumo aprons also arrive at the shrine.
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The hikiyama floats await at the shrine as everyone arrive. The hikiyama are about 7 meters high.
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Naginata sword bearers standby near the hikiyama floats.
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The kabuki boys are placed on the hikiyama floats.
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A ceremony is conducted before the kabuki plays started.
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The hikiyama floats were then pulled into position for the day's first kabuki performances.
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The kabuki performances then started at around 10 am on one of the hikiyama floats. The kabuki performances are held as offerings to Nagahama Hachimangu Shrine.
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They use microphones so we can hear them speak. Very authentic style, and they practiced a lot for this festival.
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At the shrine, the kabuki play is performed one by one on the four floats, and not at the same time.
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Large crowd watching kabuki by boys at Nagahama Hachimangu Shrine.
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Fine art work on the hikiyama's ceiling.
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After the kabuki play ends, they pull and turn the hikiyama float and it goes toward central Nagahama through the shopping arcade where they will perform the same play again.
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Footwear behind a float.
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Tapestry may have a western design.
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Steering the hikiyama from behind.
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Turning the hikiyama's wheel.
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The next kabuki play started on another hikiyama. Amazing how a boy can look so feminine.
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This hikiyama is shaped like a boat.
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Carvings on a Nagahama hikiyama float.
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Boys act on a boat on the boat float.
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As the float is pulled, flute players follow it.
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The sail of the boat float almost got caught on a tree branch as it was moved.
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Pulling the boat float from the shrine.
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The crowd watches the final kabuki performance starting at around 1:30 pm.
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The last kabuki performance was a dance rather than a play.
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A hikiyama proceeds through the shopping arcade whose ceiling is high enough. Each hikiyama holds a kabuki performance four times this day.
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Otemon arcade
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Kabuki performance in the shopping arcade.
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If you missed the performance at the shrine, you can see the same performance later in the shopping arcade or at the Otabisho.
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This hikiyama is coming through the shopping arcade.
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Hikiyama float storehouse.
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A short distance from the shopping arcade is the Otabisho where all hikiyama floats congregate and give the day's final performance.
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Festival banner
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Nagahama hikiyama floats at the Otabisho. The building on the right houses the mikoshi portable shrine.
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Portable shrine at the Otabisho.
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The festival on April 15 lasts well after dark. The day's final kabuki performance starts at around 8 pm at the Otabisho.
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A boy writes with a brush with his mouth.
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At around 9 pm when the day's final kabuki performance ends, they take out the mikoshi and parade it around the Otabisho before they carry it back to Nagahama Hachimangu Shrine.
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They run around with the mikoshi, making a big ruckus.
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Nagahama Hikiyama poster for an earlier year. The official festival poster changes every year and is always well designed.
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This and the following pictures were taken in another year (not in 2009).
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He's such a good actor that he shed real tears.
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Shedding real tears...
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Also see my YouTube video.
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Also see the official Nagahama Hikiyama Festival Web site.
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If you missed the festival, visit the Nagahama Hikiyama Museum next to the shopping arcade.
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