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The Sawara no Taisai Autumn Festival has ornate floats paraded around Sawara in Oct. Floats (called dashi) are about 7 meters high and weigh 3 to 4 tons. The floats have intricate wood carvings and a large doll depicting a historical or legendary Japanese figure. Each float is from a neighborhood in Sawara. Most of the floats and dolls were made in the late 19th century or early 20th century. Held near JR Sawara Station (JR Narita Line) and along Ono River's traditional townscape. These photos were taken on Oct. 10, 2015.
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My Youtube video of Sawara Autumn Festival taken in Oct. 2015.Dating back 300 years, the festival is held for three days in July (10 floats) and Oct. (14 floats). The float pullers also dance and the main highlight is when they turn the float a few times. The festival is a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property. In fall 2016, it will be one of the 33 Yama, Hoko, and Yatai float festivals in Japan to be inscribed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.
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Sawara Autumn Festival held in Oct. in Katori, Chiba. Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分 in front of JR Sawara Station.Shimowake 下分
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Float pullers.
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Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分 in front of JR Sawara Station.
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Food stall area
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Emperor Jimmu float from Nakagashi 仲川岸.
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Emperor Jimmu float from Nakagashi 仲川岸.
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Emperor Jimmu float from Nakagashi 仲川岸.
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Wooden carvings on Emperor Jimmu float from Nakagashi 仲川岸.
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Emperor Jimmu float from Nakagashi 仲川岸.
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Minamoto no Yoshitsune float from Kamijuku 上宿.
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Minamoto no Yoshitsune float from Kamijuku 上宿.
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Minamoto no Yoshitsune float from Kamijuku 上宿.
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Float pullers also dance and sing (wasshoi!) when the float stops. Minamoto no Yoshitsune float from Kamijuku 上宿.
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Float pullers/dancers at Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo float from Kaminakajuku 上中宿.
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Float pullers/dancers at Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo float from Kaminakajuku 上中宿.
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Float pullers/dancers at Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo float from Kaminakajuku 上中宿.
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Float pullers/dancers at Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo float from Kaminakajuku 上中宿.
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Sawara Autumn Festival in Katori, Chiba. Float pullers/dancers shout "wasshoi" at Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo float from Kaminakajuku 上中宿.
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Float pullers/dancers at Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo float from Kaminakajuku 上中宿.
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Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.
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Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.
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Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.
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Suwa Daijin float from Kami Shinmachi 上新町.
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Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分.
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Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分.
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Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.
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Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.
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Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.
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Sawara Autumn Festival in Katori, Chiba. Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.
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Ushi Tenjin float from Shin-Uwagashi 新上川岸.
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Ushi Tenjin float from Shin-Uwagashi 新上川岸.
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Ushi Tenjin float from Shin-Uwagashi 新上川岸.
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Ushi Tenjin float from Shin-Uwagashi 新上川岸 trying dodge obstacles.
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Sawara Autumn Festival in Katori, Chiba. Ushi Tenjin float from Shin-Uwagashi 新上川岸.
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Ushi Tenjin float from Shin-Uwagashi 新上川岸.
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Emperor Nintoku float from Minami-yokojuku 南横宿.
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Emperor Nintoku float from Minami-yokojuku 南横宿.
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Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分.
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Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分.
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Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分.
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Marks on the road left by float wheels.
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Shrine maidens.
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From around 4 pm, they started parking the floats to put on paper lanterns.
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Yamato Takeru-no-Mikoto float from Kita Yokojuku 北横宿.
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Local supermarket and rest stop.
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Rest place next to supermarket.
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From 5 pm, the floats came to this intersection to perform the no-no-ji mawashi turn. のの字廻し
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Yamato Takeru float arrives at the intersection.
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Yamato Takeru-no-Mikoto float from Kita Yokojuku 北横宿.
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This float danced at the intersection too.
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Ono-no-Tofu 小野道風 float from Shin-Hashimoto 新橋本.
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They shout "wasshoi!"
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With great fanfare, the floats turned a few times at the intersection before it proceeded.
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I couldn't stay until the endsince I had to catch mytrain back to Tokyo.
     
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