Last additions - Ogaki Matsuri Festival 大垣まつり
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The first of eleven floats is called Kagura-yama. 神楽 (本町・中町・新町)Jun 14, 2009
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Also see my YouTube video of karakuri puppets here and of children's dances here.Jun 14, 2009
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Atago-yama float. 愛宕 (岐阜町)Jun 14, 2009
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Top of Shochiku-yama is a statue of Benzaiten.Jun 14, 2009
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Tamanoi-yama finaleJun 14, 2009
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Parade route on May 10 indicated by the red line. Quite an extensive route.Jun 14, 2009
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Ogaki Matsuri posterJun 14, 2009
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Sugawara-yama float. 菅原(新町)Jun 14, 2009
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Ogaki City Hall.Jun 14, 2009
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Passing by a large temple.Jun 14, 2009
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In the late afternoo, the floats were parked near Hachiman Shrine and lanterns were installed on the floats.Jun 14, 2009
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Tamanoi-yamaJun 14, 2009
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Shojo-yama float. 猩々(宮町)Jun 14, 2009
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After the procession, all the float again visited Hachiman Shrine. Later in the evening, they lit up the floats like the night before.Jun 14, 2009
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Hachiman Shrine 八幡神社Jun 14, 2009
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SneakersJun 14, 2009
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The Eki-dori road in front of Ogaki Station was closed to traffic.Jun 14, 2009
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Also see my YouTube video of karakuri puppets here.Jun 14, 2009
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After the end of the karakuri performance, they tossed out small bags of beans like setsubun.Jun 14, 2009
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Sakaki-yama at night in front of Hachiman Shrine.Jun 14, 2009
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A crowd gathered in front of Hachiman Shrine in the evening to watch the night performances of the passing floats.Jun 14, 2009
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Shochiku-yamaJun 14, 2009
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Daikoku-yama float 大黒 (魚屋町・竹島町・俵町)Jun 14, 2009
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Tamanoi-yamaJun 14, 2009
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Tamanoi-yama float. 玉の井 (船町)Jun 14, 2009
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Aioi-yama float. This is the newest float, reconstructed in 1996. 相生 (本町)Jun 14, 2009
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The Eki-dori road in front of Ogaki Station was closed to traffic.Jun 14, 2009
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Renjishi lion dance.Jun 14, 2009
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Ebisu-yama float. 恵比須(船町・伝馬町・岐阜町・宮町)Jun 14, 2009
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Namazu-yama float. 鯰 (魚屋町)Jun 14, 2009
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Lining up to Ogaki City Hall.Jun 14, 2009
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It got darker. Jun 14, 2009
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At 7 pm, the paper lanterns on the floats were lit up.Jun 14, 2009
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While Ogaki City Hall officials sat comfortably under the shade like nobility, the floats came by one after another to perform katakuri doll stunts. The rest of us sweated under the sun.Jun 14, 2009
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On the left is the small bag of beans tossed by the Atago-yama float.Jun 14, 2009
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The Eki-dori road was lined with food stalls.Jun 14, 2009
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Eki-dori at nightJun 14, 2009
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In front of Hachiman Shrine, each float rotated and performed karakuri.Jun 14, 2009
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The floats gather on Eki-dori road.Jun 14, 2009
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Natural spring in Hachiman Shrine.Jun 14, 2009
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Atago ShrineJun 14, 2009
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To turn the float, they tilt it first.Jun 14, 2009
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Shochiku-yama also features dances by children in kimono.Jun 14, 2009
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Sakaki-yama float. 榊 (竹島町)Jun 14, 2009
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Aioi-yama crossing the road.Jun 14, 2009
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Hachiman ShrineJun 14, 2009
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Namazu means catfish.Jun 14, 2009
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The tapestry features the Omi-Hakkei scenes.Jun 14, 2009
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Hanging on during the tilt...Jun 14, 2009
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The Atago-yama float at Atago Shrine.Jun 14, 2009
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Also see my YouTube video of karakuri puppets here and of children's dances here.Jun 14, 2009
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The karakuri doll is actually writing "Ogaki Matsuri" on a piece of paper.Jun 14, 2009
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Atago Shrine officials greet the floats as they pass by during the procession.Jun 14, 2009
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The Tamanoi-yama was a crowd pleaser with so many child dancers.Jun 14, 2009
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The pigeons' head actually move as well.Jun 14, 2009
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On the first day of May 9 called Shigaku (試楽), the eleven floats first performed in front of Hachiman Shrine, then proceeded to Ogaki City Hall where also performed karakuri.Jun 14, 2009
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Also see my YouTube video of children's dances here.Jun 14, 2009
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This float features dancing by children in kimono. The back has a painting of a pine tree.Jun 14, 2009
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The floats make a turn from Eki-dori road to proceed to the shrine.Jun 14, 2009
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The float procession on May 10. Headed by the Kagura-yama float. 巡行Jun 14, 2009
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The Aioi-yama almost hit a street lamp. It had to back up and adjust its path.Jun 14, 2009
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On May 10 from 8:30 am to 10 am, all the floats again visit Hachiman Shrine before starting the procession through the city at 10 am.Jun 14, 2009
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Tamanoi-yama is based on Omi-Hakkei (Eight Views of Omi) in Shiga Prefecture).Jun 14, 2009
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Shochiku-yama float. 松竹 (伝馬町)Jun 14, 2009
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Ogaki's biggest festival held on the weekend on or before May 15 has 13 ornate floats called "yama." They are paraded along the streets in central Ogaki. The road leading to Hachiman Shrine is lined with food stalls.There are different types of floats. Mostly karakuri doll floats, but also two floats with a stage for traditional Japanese dances by young kids. The floats were inspired by karakuri floats in Aichi Prefecture and kabuki floats in Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture.Jun 14, 2009
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Flower tower and Hachiman Shrine torii.Jun 14, 2009
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Entrance to Ogaki Hachiman Shrine. Highlights include karakuri mechanical doll performances atop the floats and the floats lit up at night with paper lanterns. Held by Hachiman Jinja Shrine.On Dec. 1, 2016 (JST), Ogaki Matsuri Festival was inscribed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as one of 33 "Yama, Hoko, and Yatai float festivals in Japan."Jun 14, 2009
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Hachiman ShrineJun 14, 2009
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