Most viewed - Sagicho Matsuri Festival 左義長まつり
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Held during the weekend in mid-March, the Sagicho Matsuri is a dramatic parade and clashing of 13 or 14 colorful Sagicho floats. On the first day at 1 pm, 14 Sagicho Festival floats gathered at Himure Hachimangu Shrine near Hachiman-bori Canal. 日牟禮334 views
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Burn baby, burn... Also see the video at YouTube.154 views
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Beware of flying sparks and the wind which can blow the flames toward you. Of course, the fire dept. with fire hoses were on hand just in case.149 views
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At this stage, the fire is quite hot. Sagicho Matsuri, Omi-Hachiman90 views
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The kids then run around the fire while chanting "Masse-masse!"86 views
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The boar's mane is made of tiny fish. You can smell the seafood. I'm surprised that crows never swooped down on the floats to feast on them.76 views
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Honmachi float leaving Himure Hachimangu Shrine. Sagicho Festival, Omi-Hachiman, Shiga. 本町のだし73 views
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This design won 3rd place. White sugar is one of the ingredients.64 views
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Sagicho Matsuri, Shiga57 views
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Life-like boar, all edible materials.55 views
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From 2 pm, the procession starts and the floats start to exit the shrine. Also see the video at YouTube.54 views
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The place is packed with people. Normally, it is a parking lot. The shrine is a few minutes by bus from Omi-Hachiman Station. MAP54 views
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Then a torch touches a few places to set it afire.52 views
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On the first day (Sat.), the floats are paraded along the streets near the shrine and undergo judging for best design. The floats are works of art and made of edible materials mounted on a straw and wood base all to be set afire in the end.51 views
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First, sake is sprinkled over the float.50 views
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Maid costume47 views
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Float bearers make a circle and spin around while shouting "Cho-yare" or "Masse masse!"46 views
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They bond in friendship. These photos were taken on March 17-18, 2007, year of the boar. 41 views
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Three floats ablaze. 奉火41 views
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Dai-niku float in front of Hakuunkan, a classic Western-style building, now a tourist info office and exhibition gallery. Also see the video at YouTube. Sagicho Festival, Omi-Hachiman. 第二区40 views
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In front of the torii gate, two floats join up.40 views
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Unlike the next day when the floats will clash with each other, here and within the shrine.40 views
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Lost geta clog. The confetti is from the Dai-ikku float with the sakura theme. Supposed to be cherry blossom petals.39 views
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Shrine priest on horseback and behind him on another horse is the mayor of Omi-Hachiman who serves as the Honorary Chairman of the Sagicho Festival.38 views
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This is a Takara-bune (Treasure Boat) design.38 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.38 views
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Sagicho Matsuri, Shiga38 views
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It has a cherry tree, a red sake cup, and boar. Sagicho floats depict animals from the Oriental Zodiac, and 2007 was the Year of the Boar.37 views
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The sake cup has numerous little bead-like things. All edible.37 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.37 views
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Numerous tiny fish heads make up this flower design.36 views
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Sanwakai float. 参和会36 views
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Introduction of all Sagicho floats: Fourteen floats from various districts of Omi-Hachiman then paraded through a circular route. This is the Dai-ikku float. 第一区36 views
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At 6 pm, the Shinmachi-dori children's float is set afire.36 views
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Sometimes a float collapses when float bearers get too tired.35 views
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Shrine officials followed by chigo children carrying red paper streamers.35 views
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Gate of Himure Hachimangu Shrine which holds the Sagicho Festival. 日牟禮八幡宮35 views
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Boar and peony.34 views
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Miyauchi-cho float. 宮内町のだし34 views
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Suwai-cho float. 仲屋町34 views
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On the second day of the festival, the floats clash with each other. Sagicho floats pass through the torii of Himure Hachimangu Shrine, near Hachiman-bori Canal.34 views
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Ao-nori (powery seaweed) was used to make the dark-green leaves.33 views
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It is said that even Nobunaga joined the festival and danced around in disguise. Hence, you can see people in costume or in disguise.33 views
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Ikeda-machi float. 池田町のだし32 views
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Notice the Treasure Boat.32 views
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Ishin-cho float. 為心町のだし32 views
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By 2 pm, the shrine grounds (actually a parking lot) is filled with floats and people.31 views
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Small silvery fish, beans, and perhaps onions. Looks like very painstaking work. Sagicho Festival, Omi-Hachiman, Shiga.31 views
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Jukku-kai float. 十区会31 views
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When Nobunaga was killed and the castle destroyed, people in Azuchi moved to Omi-Hachiman and restarted the festival here. This float won 3rd place, from Miyauchi-cho. 宮内町31 views
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Peony dish design.31 views
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They shout "Cho-yare!" or "Masse-masse!" It's related to food.「チョウヤレ」「マッセマッセ」31 views
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Dai-Juikku also has a small float for kids.31 views
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Another Shichikukai float, but for children.31 views
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This float won 2nd place.31 views
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On Sat., the first day of the two-day festival, there is a procession from 2 pm. It is led by these shrine officials and the shrine priest on horseback.31 views
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If you missed it, there's always another float fight to watch.31 views
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Peonies31 views
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The two children's floats separate.31 views
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After a loud dragging noise, they clash and lock their antlers.31 views
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Near 5 pm, the floats start to leave the shrine and head back home.31 views
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The front of the torii is a good viewing spot.31 views
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The remaining floats are set alight one after another until 10:40 pm.31 views
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This has a chrysanthemum design which is the Imperial family crest. To celebrate the newborn prince.30 views
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Children's floats go to battle.30 views
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Uwai-cho float. 魚屋町のだし30 views
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Tapioca, chewing gum, rock salt, and dried cuttlefish are among the edible materials here.30 views
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This float won the top prize for float design. The banner reads "Yusho" (Champion). From Dai-juikku district. 第十一区30 views
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Then they usually spin around until one float topples over.30 views
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Later, the other floats return to the shrine by 8 pm.30 views
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Running around the fire while chanting.30 views
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At 8 pm, five floats are set on fire at one time by a torch such as this one.30 views
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The children's float returns to the shrine.30 views
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Shinmachi-dori float. 新町通りのだし29 views
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The following photos were taken on the second day of the festival. On the festival's 2nd day (Sun.), the floats are paraded from 10:30 am and arrive at the shrine by 2 pm.29 views
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Praying at the main hall of Himure Hachimangu Shrine. 日牟禮八幡宮29 views
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Looks like bread crust.29 views
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Looks like ao-nori (seaweed powder).29 views
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Dai-Juikku float. 第十一区29 views
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Spectators in front of Hakuunkan watch the floats. Local police estimate 38,000 people came to see the festival this day.29 views
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Shinmachi-dori Children's float passing through Shinmachi, Omi-Hachiman's old merchants quarters. 新町通りこども29 views
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This float won the top prize for float design.29 views
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Two floats clash.28 views
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The float returns to the shrine.28 views
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Crash! Also see the video at YouTube.28 views
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Shinmachi is where the Omi shonin merchants lived.28 views
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Many homes hang red streamers during the Sagicho Festival.28 views
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Tiny fish form the pine tree design on the fans.28 views
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Deer seems to have some sort of candy shavings.28 views
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Black rice, beans, and more.28 views
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Grounds of Himure Hachimangu Shrine which holds the Sagicho Matsuri. 日牟禮八幡宮28 views
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Looking for a rumble.28 views
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Hanafuda playing cards.28 views
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Shichikukai float. 紫竹会のだし28 views
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The yellow thing is made of corn.28 views
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Floats go through the torii and head for Himure Hachimangu Shrine.28 views
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Both sides push and push...28 views
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And in the right corner is Uwai-cho, ready to rumble. 魚屋町28 views
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They keep pushing until one of them topples over.28 views
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More floats return to the shrine to be burned.28 views
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Another "kenka" (fight) starts. けんか28 views
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Sea turtle and "tancho" crane are auspicious symbols.27 views
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Omi-Hachiman's Sagicho Festival originated in neighboring Azuchi-cho town where Oda Nobunaga had his magnificent castle.27 views
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Folding fans27 views
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Ball made of candy.27 views
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Small mushrooms27 views
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This clashing (or crashing) of floats is called "kenka" (fight). It lasts until 5 pm.27 views
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Here we go...27 views
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Children's float from Shinmachi-dori27 views
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The crowd is drawn to the fire for warmth. It was a cold, windy day.27 views
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Left float is toppled. Also see the video at YouTube.27 views
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Festival poster. Also see the video at YouTube.26 views
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Each float also has someone with wood clappers.26 views
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A real mish-mash.26 views
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Sign of defeat as this float badly lists to one side.26 views
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Winner26 views
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Push!26 views
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Each float is pushed until they clash.26 views
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But it is soon repaired to see another fight.26 views
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Ready to rumble.25 views
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Float bearers push the end of the float to try and topple the other float. Each float clashes with various other floats during the afternoon on Sunday.25 views
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In the left corner is Jukku-kai... 十区会25 views
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Winner25 views
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Straw all over the ground.25 views
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