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Panorama shot of festival siteYou can see the giant kite propped up.
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Panorama view of festival site.The site is on a baseball field, very dusty. The site is directly south and downstream from the Sagamihara kite festival site. It was a great idea to hold both kite festivals on the same days. We could see both in one day.
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Held in July, Narita Gion Matsuri Festival has ornate floats pulled on the streets of Narita and to Narita-san temple. Pulling a float on the street
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Panorama of festival site.
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From late April to early May, five long strings of giant carp streamers swim in the air high above the Sagami River in Sagamihara, Kanagawa. This event was started in 1988.
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The biggest taiko drum festival in the Kanto region is held annually in April. Various taiko drum troupes perform for two full days on various outdoor stages in Narita, including the main stage in front of the Narita-san temple.
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One of two giant kitesThis festival has two giant kites and two smaller (but still large) kites. Resting on its side, the kite was scheduled to fly at 2 pm. The kanji characters read "Michi no Eki" in reference to a new train station built in the town.
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Festival's focal pointThis grass hut is at the center of the festival site which is within the Sakitama Tumuli Park. It will be burned later in the evening for the festival's climax.
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Lean-to shade.
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Pulling the float, Narita Gion Matsuri
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There are five rows of streamers. In Japan, the koi carp is regarded as a symbol of valiant manhood because it swims up the river against the rapids.
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Offerings
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Tired from walking, Narita Gion Matsuri
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Preparing the giant kite
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The cable length is 250 meters and 13mmm thick. There are about 1,200 carp streamers. They are reused every year and donated by local families. (I also noticed a few advertising carps.)
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Festival siteIt is a circular site with people sitting along the perimeter.
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Rear view
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Lowering the kite
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SpectatorsThese people are sitting in the best area to view the festival.
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Entertainment during Sagami Giant Kite Festival
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Corner rope work
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EntertainmentAn outdoor stage provides a variety of entertainment during the day.
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Take off of a smaller kite
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Festival participantsThey are dressed in the costume of the ancient Kofun (Tumuli) Period of Japan. They will be carrying torches from the nearby tumuli.
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Sagami River Koi-nobori
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Moving the kite to launch point
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Do not enter signIn 2004, on a very windy day (almost typhoon strength), Zama's giant kite broke in the air and crashed to the ground onto spectators (who got hurt) on the side, right beyond the carp streamers in this picture. So from this year (2005), they have become very strict and cordoned off the area where the kite crashed.
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Patch up
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TumulusCherry trees are at the top.
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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Ready and all clear
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Shinto ceremonyAt around 6:30 pm, the festival climax starts.
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Take off of another smaller kite
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Moving the kite to launch point
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Torch bearers enter
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Lift off despite weak winds
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Kite pullers
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Festival siteThey did not allow people go enter the launch area at all times. Spectators were kept far away.
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Marvelous spectacle
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The longest carp is 10 meters.
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Narita Gion Matsuri
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Parade aroundThe torch bearers parade around the entire perimeter before they gather around the hut.
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Koi-nobori carp streamers over Sagami River. Also see the video at YouTube.
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Narita Gion Matsuri
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And we have lift off!
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No people on the sides either
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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Along the river were food stalls.
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Successful flight
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Launch point on a low hill
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Male prince
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Festival site
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Anchor
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TakoKites in the shape of an octopus is common because the Japanese word for kite is "tako" which is the same pronunciation for the word octopus in Japanese.
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Cable anchor
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Female princess reigning over the Sakitama Fire Festival in Gyoda, SaitamaShe's 15 years old.
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Preparing the big one.
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Better than SagamiharaZama's kite apparently was lighter than Sagamihara's kite because it went up much higher under the same wind conditions.
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Guest kite from Yokaichi, Shiga PrefectureThis is a smaller version of their giant kite. Yokaichi (Higashi Omi) also holds a giant kite festival in May.
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Statistics
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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Side entrance to Narita-san temple.
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Ran out of roomThe kite pullers can only run so far (about 50 meters or so). After that, if the wind doesn't kick in, the kite falls back down.
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Yokaichi's anchor truck
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Ride'em cowboyAs the kite quickly flew up, the forward kite pullers had to release the rope.
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Torch lightingThe prince and princess light the torch that will ignite the hut.
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Offering prayers at Narita Gion Matsuri
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Beautiful lavendar
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Climax
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Bamboo poles used to prop up the giant kite.
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Rope anchor
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Another launchThey fly the kite a few times during the festival days.
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Moving the giant kite to launch site
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Rope anchor
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Gathering at Narita-san temple
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Entertaiment
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Michi no EkiThe kite design is the same every year, but the kanji characters change. They make a new giant kite every year.
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Torch bearers from the tumulus
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Prayers at Narita-san
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Children's sumoZama had a variety of side events.
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Stage ceremonyThe torch bearers gathered in front of the stage where there were speeches and cheers.
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Narita Gion Matsuri
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Spectators watch along the side and rear.
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Disassembly
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FireworksThe festival ended at 7:30 pm.
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Zama's giant kiteSagamihara city is adjacent to Zama city which also held their own giant kite festival on the same day adjacent to Sagamihara's site. This is a launch of Zama's giant kite which soon went back to the ground due to inadequate winds.
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Main stage at Narita-san temple.
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Ready and all clearThe site is cleared of people before the launch.
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Rope anchor
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Inadequate windsThe kite struggles to lift off.
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Smaller kite "Yujo"
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Narita-san during Narita Gion Festival
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Brief flightThe kite went back down almost immediately after hovering a few feet above ground.
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DisassemblyThe paper is actually large strips that can be removed and rolled up.
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Main stage at Narita-san temple.On Saturday evening, the festival climaxes with a free show on the main stage. The best taiko troupes from Japan and overseas performed for 2 hours.
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"Yujo"This is a smaller kite. It means "Friendship."
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Narita Gion Matsuri
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Drum troupe from S. Korea
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Taiko troupe from OkinawaThis group stole the show with a dragon dance, lion dogs, and eisa taiko drummers.
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She fell
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Patch up
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"Nakama"This is another smaller kite. It means "Circle of Friends."
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Anchor truck
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Amateur areaFurther downwind was the amateur area for flying normal kites.
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Another launch
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Last group
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Another beautiful take off
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Poster
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Mud Paddy. Main site of the Warabi Hadaka Matsuri held every Feb. 25.
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Preparing for the seaDuring a break, the mikoshi is prepared for a run in the ocean.
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Water's edge
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Down ramp
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