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Dai-hiwatari Festival, Mt. TakaoMore pictures here
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Held on Dec. 2-3 by Chichibu Shrine, Chichibu Yomatsuri is one of Japan's Big Three Hikiyama Float Festivals. Ornate floats are pulled along the city's main streets until they reach a large plaza at night where they are lit with lanterns. Fireworks then serve as the climax. Photo: Seibu Chichibu Station
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In front of Seibu Chichibu Station
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Yasukuni Shrine's main torii during Mitama Matsuri
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Main street crowd
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Floats parked along the main drag.
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Ornate float is pulled along the streets toward Chichibu Shrine.
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Chichibu Yomatsuri. Also see the video at YouTube.
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria) by Kagurazaka geisha
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Stage at Chichibu Shrine
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Chichibu Shrine
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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Chichibu Shrine offertory bin
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Stage performance at Chichibu Shrine
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Many women drummers also perform. Shinjuku Eisa Matsuri, Tokyo
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Float at Chichibu Shrine
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Priests splash cold water over themselves at the Nose Myokenzan Betsuin in Sumida-ku, Tokyo
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Float at Chichibu Shrine
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According to legend, three days after the golden Kannon statue was found, a golden dragon descended from heaven and danced. The mountain name of the temple is Kinryu-zan, meaning Golden Dragon Mountain. (Most temples have a mountain name.)1 comments
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Yabusame archer
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Main drag
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Mini octopus
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Storehouse for a float
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Local fire station designed like a float.
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How to turn the float.
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Children's kabuki
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A float proceeds to the Otabisho plaza.
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A float proceeds to the Otabisho plaza.
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Taiko drum performance at the Otabisho.
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A float climbs up the Dangozaka slope before entering the Otabisho.
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団子坂
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A total of 6 floats arrive. Chichibu Yomatsuri. Also see the video at YouTube.
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With great fanfare, the floats are pulled up the slope.
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The crowd favorite was this high school girl. See the arrow pierce the wooden target.
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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Setsubun bean throwing at Takahata Fudoson temple, Hino, Tokyo
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In the Otabisho, a large plaza.
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The wooden target boards have an envelope of confetti stuck on the back so it explodes when the target breaks apart.
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The festival climaxes with fireworks.
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The warrior monk costume is interesting. The collar makes them look bigger and more fearsome. 僧兵行列
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White Heron Dance
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Chichibu Night Festival climax
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Tekomai geisha from Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine walk toward the stage.
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Koenji Awa Odori, Aoi Shin-ren 葵新連
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Oiran Dochu Procession
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Oiran Dochu Procession. Also see the video at YouTube. 花の吉原おいらん道中
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Oiran Dochu Procession. This picture was taken in the 1990s when they had two oiran in the festival. Now they have only one. 花の吉原おいらん道中
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10:20 am: The Emperor and Empress appear right on time on his birthday. As soon as they appeared, people waved paper flags and cheered "banzai!" Also see the video at YouTube.It was an amazing spectacle. I always saw it on TV, but this was the first time I saw it in person. I wish I went when Emperor Hirohito was still living.

From left to right is Princess Nori, the Crown Prince, the Emperor, the Empress, and Prince and Princess Akishino. Crown Princess Masako did not appear due to illness.

I also once used this shot for the cover photo on my home page.
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Hiwatari fire-crossing festival, Mt. Takao, Tokyo
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Koenji Awa Odori
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Setsubun bean throwing at Zojoji Temple in Tokyo with Tamao-chan, Ai-chan, and TochiazumaAi-chan was really cute and seemed to be having a great time throwing the beans. Nakamura Tamao (actress), Fukuhara Ai (table tennis player) and Ozeki Tochiazuma (sumo wrestler)
     
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