Most viewed - Hino Matsuri Festival 日野祭
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Miss Shakunage (Rhododendron)400 views
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Each float has a decoration on the roof depicting a popular topic during the past year. This is Yamauchi Kazutoyo and wife Chiyo from the NHK Taiga Drama called "Komyo ga Tsuji."237 views"Komyo ga Tsuji" is about a up and coming samurai named Yamauchi Kazutoyo and his wife Chiyo who was from Shiga. The story's main setting is Shiga, and the year-long TV series was broadcast during 2006.
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TV personality Daniel Kahl and a fan at Hino Matsuri, Hino, Shiga Prefecture. ダニエル・カール226 viewsWhat's this guy from Yamagata-ken doing here at the Hino Matsuri in Shiga Pref??

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May 3, 2006: Hino Matsuri at Umamioka Watamuki Shrine 本祭(馬見岡綿向神社)Map174 views
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Held annually during May 2 and 3, the Hino Matsuri is the largest festival in eastern Shiga Pref. In 2006, sixteen ornate floats and three portable shrines were paraded through the streets. It is the spring festival of the Umamioka Watamuki Shrine.154 views
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Special viewing window called "sajiki-mado" at Hino Matsuri. They view the Hino Festival procession from this special window. 桟敷窓135 views
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Pulling another float at the Hino Matsuri, Shiga Pref.134 views
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It was the finest day for the Hino Matsuri festival.101 views
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May 2: Night Festival 宵祭92 views
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A sign in front of the storehouse introduces the float in Japanese, English, and Korean.89 views
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May 2: Night Festival where the floats are lit up at night 宵祭84 views
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Portable shrine (mikoshi) at Nishinomiya Shrine. The mikoshi are carried to this nearby shrine from Watamuki Shrine. 西之宮81 views
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Storehouse for float81 views
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Pulling a float on the festival eve starting at 7 pm.78 views
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Ceremony at Nishinomiya Shrine77 views西之宮
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Warehouse for one of the floats77 views
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Nishinomiya Shrine on May 2, 2006 西之宮74 views
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One by one, all the floats gather at the shrine.70 views
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Another dashi float is hauled to the shrine. 南大窪町の「南壮社(なんそうしゃ)」65 views
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Steering the float with a stick stuck under the wheel to nudge it in the desired direction.64 views
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Steering the float63 views
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The 16 floats start entering the shrine grounds during 9:30 - 11:00 am.60 views
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"Yoisho!" (Heave ho!)60 views
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Ito Miki, a member of Japan's moguls team at the Turin Winter Olympics, is from Hino.59 views
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World Cup soccer 南大窪町の「南壮社(なんそうしゃ)」57 views
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Float named "Kanbusha" 観舞車54 views
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Kamiko. 神子 芝田楽 (shibadengaku)54 views
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Rear view of floats53 views
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Shrine priest in the procession heading for the Otabisho.51 views
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The three Kamiko.51 views神子
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"Oh Japan" for the World Baseball Classic won by Japan and coached by Oh Sadaharu.49 views
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Side view of a float49 views
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Closeup of the steps48 views
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Miss Shakunage (Rhododendron) pose in front of a float. There is a valley nearby famous for rhododendron.48 views
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The floats were very colorful against the greenery.48 views
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The procession proceeds with people chanting "yare, yare."48 views
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Body toss48 views
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Commemorating Tezuka Osamu's 60th anniversary since his debut as a manga artist. That's Tetsuwan no Atom or Astro Boy.47 views
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Float named "Hakkei-kaku" featuring small sculptures of the Eight Views of Omi. Built in 1807. Metal ornamentation as well as painted wood carvings on the front and upper transom depicting the Eight Famous Views of Ōmi... 八景閣47 viewsConstructed circa 1807 (Bunka 4), from Shin-cho. Metal ornamentation as well as painted wood carvings on the front and upper transom depicting the Eight Famous Views of Ōmi create an elaborate adornment to the entryway of this splendid hikiyama.

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The procession head for the Otabisho at 11:30 am. 渡御出発47 views
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Some chidren lead the way for the second mikoshi.47 views
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They exit shrine and head for the Otabisho.47 views
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One of the three mikoshi on its way to the Otabisho.47 views
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Photos labeled as "2012" were taken on May 3, 2011, not 2012.47 views
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A bug46 views
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Mikoshi46 views
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Mikoshi closeup46 views
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One of the mikoshi arrives back at Watamuki Shrine at around 4 pm.46 views
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Float named "Jusosha" leave the shrine. 寿雙車46 views
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Float named Man'ensha. Built in 1860 (Man’en 1). 萬延社45 viewsConstructed in 1860 (Man’en 1). For the first 70 years since its construction, the wood used in this hikiyama was unfinished; but to commemorate the enthronement of Emperor Showa, in 1929 (Showa 4) a black lacquer finish as well as gold leaf and decorative metalwork was added.
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Back of a float45 views
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Ceremony at the shrine45 views
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The first mikoshi approaches.45 views
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Horse45 views
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Kamiko receive many gifts.45 views神子
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Mikoshi closeup45 views
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The three mikoshi at the Otabisho.45 views
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The three mikoshi.45 views
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Ceremony at Otabisho お旅所祭典45 views
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Sacred dance is performed.45 views
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The mikoshi on its way back to Watamuki Shrine.45 views
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A mikoshi on its way to the shrine.45 views
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Heading home. More about Hino here.45 views
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The three "Kamiko." 神子44 views
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After the ceremony, the Kamiko lead the procession.44 views
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Mikoshi closeup44 views
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The third mikoshi arrives.44 views
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Procession ready to leave the Otabisho at 3 pm.44 views
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The floats also start to leave the shrine.44 views
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Mikoshi at the shrine44 views
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Float from Shimizu-cho with a panel explaining about the float in both English and Japanese. Carved panels depicting the Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety by famed Suwa woodcarver, Tatekawa Washirō and a wave design drawn by Kyōto artist Mankō are..44 viewsConstructed in 1825 (Bunsei 8). Carved panels depicting the Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety by famed Suwa woodcarver, Tatekawa Washirō and a wave design drawn by Kyōto artist Mankō are of great beauty. The gold leaf and lacquer adorning this hikiyama was applied by a Shimizu-chō resident artisan employing the utmost skill and devotion.

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Kamiko43 views神子
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The second mikoshi makes its way through.43 views
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Refreshments served. On the left is the unique sajiki-mado window for viewing the festival.43 views
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The second mikoshi leaves.43 views
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At 6:00 pm, the procession starts to leave the shrine.43 views
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Enjoying a free ride home.43 views
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One float (from Shimizu-cho) provided an explanation about the float in English.43 views
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All the while at the shrine, festival music was played.43 views
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The procession reaches the Otabisho at 12:30 pm.42 views
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Two of the mikoshi already at the Otabisho.42 views
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Phoenix atop a mikoshi42 views
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Ceremony at Otabisho42 views
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Tapestry on the back of the Shimizu-cho float.42 views
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Entrance to Hibarino Otabisho ひばり野 お旅所41 views
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The three mikoshi start to leave the Otabisho.41 views
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Sacred dance is performed during the ceremony.41 views
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The first of three portable shrines leave the shrine in a procession for the Otabisho resting place across town.41 views
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The floats leave the shrine one after another.40 views
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Rikutoku float from Shimizu-cho arrives at the shrine.40 views
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Since this was soon after 3/11 Tohoku disasters, a black and white curtain (used for mourning) was put up.35 views
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My video of Hino Matsuri on May 3, 2011.34 views
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Most of the floats have decorations on the roof. Most depict local heroes such as Lord Gamo Ujisato.34 views
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A Shinto ceremony is held in front of the three portable shrines.34 views
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People line up to pray at the shrine.31 views
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