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Takehana Matsuri is a festival of ornate floats paraded in central Hashima on May 3. Each float features a performance of puppets (karakuri) or kids dancing. The festival is coupled with the Wisteria Festival at Takehana Betsuin temple.
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My YouTube video of Takehana Matsuri showing all the performances on the floats.
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Although there are 13 floats, only about half of them take turns to appear at the festival each year. If you want to see all the float, you'll have to see the festival two years in a row.
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At the same time, the lovely Wisteria Festival is held at Takehana Betsuin temple. This main festival road leads to the temple and festival site.
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Festival started with an opening ceremony on a road near Takehana Betsuin.
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From 1 pm to 1:30 pm, all seven floats took turns to perform.
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This float had karakuri mechanical puppets.
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This float had a human inside this costume of Hotei, one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune.
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Watch my video to see and hear what they did.
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After all the floats finished performing, they started moving out to parade on other streets.
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Front wheel
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Rear wheel
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A few of the floats stopped in front of Takehana Bestuin and performed again.
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Karakuri puppet.
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This float just decorated the street.
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Path leading to the entrance of Takehana Betsuin temple.
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Takehana Betsuin temple belongs to the Jodo Shinshu Sect's Otani School (Higashi Hongwanji).
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Takehana Betsuin temple's wisteria is over 300 years old.
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Inside Takehana Betsuin. Very impressive for a rural area.
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Cemetery next to the main hall.
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View from the Hondo main hall.
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Floats parading near the train station.
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