JAPAN PHOTOS

By Philbert Ono


Last additions - Hachioji Matsuri Festival 八王子まつり
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My YouTube video of the Hachioji Matsuri in 2009.Jun 06, 2010
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Poster for Hachioji Matsuri in 2009.Aug 20, 2009
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Coming down on Yu Road.Aug 20, 2009
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Another float procession.Aug 20, 2009
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Finally, the floats disbanded as they left one by one.Aug 20, 2009
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Also see my video at YouTube.Aug 20, 2009
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Very crowded at Hachioji Matsuri.Aug 20, 2009
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Back to the more crowded Shimo-chiku was a meeting of nine floats at 7:45 pm. They were together for 30 min. 山車年番送り 札の辻Aug 20, 2009
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White foxAug 20, 2009
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Shishimai lion dance, Hachioji Matsuri.Aug 20, 2009
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There are always people riding on the roof of the floats.Aug 20, 2009
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Two floats in Kami-chiku.Aug 20, 2009
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Now this is the Kami-chiku (上地区) section of Koshu Kaido where more floats were being paraded. However, I noticed that there were fewer people here. It's further away from the train station.Aug 20, 2009
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Geisha-like musicians, playing the samisen.Aug 20, 2009
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One float had a group of geisha-like musicians.Aug 20, 2009
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Pulling a float at Hachioji Matsuri.Aug 20, 2009
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TekomaiAug 20, 2009
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They pulled the floats up and down the main road.Aug 20, 2009
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One traditional float featuring dolls.Aug 20, 2009
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Sometimes two floats would meet up again and perform together.Aug 20, 2009
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Women in yukata watching the Hachioji Matsuri.Aug 20, 2009
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After the buttsuke meeting, the floats disband into the street.Aug 20, 2009
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Then at 6 pm, they held a "buttsuke" meeting between a few floats which performed at an intersection. This was at the Yokoyama-tsuji intersection. ぶっつけAug 20, 2009
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Flute playersAug 20, 2009
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Hachioji Matsuri. Also see my video at YouTube.Aug 20, 2009
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A girl twirling a decorative pole.Aug 20, 2009
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She was doing it to music. Hachioji Matsuri.Aug 20, 2009
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Koshu Kaido is filled with people during the mikoshi procession.Aug 20, 2009
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Tekomai at Hachioji Matsuri, Tokyo.Aug 20, 2009
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The floats have a masked person dancing as a fox, etc. They are messengers of the gods.Aug 20, 2009
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During the Edo Period, the floats originally had dolls. But since the late Meiji Period, the floats have become sculptured wooden floats. Eight of the floats were lost during World War II, but they were rebuilt. So some of them look quite new. Aug 20, 2009
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This float had a group of tekomai women, Hachioji Matsuri.Aug 20, 2009
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Earlier during the third day, they had Shishimai lion dances by this pair of lions displayed here.Aug 20, 2009
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On the Koshu Kaido main road, they started a mikoshi (portable shrine) procession from 5 pm on the third day.Aug 20, 2009
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All-female mikoshi bearers.Aug 20, 2009
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There are 19 floats (dashi). Nine of them belong to the Shimo-chiku area of Hachiman Yakumo Shrine in the east part of the city. And ten of them are from the west part (Kami-chiku) under Taga Shrine.Aug 20, 2009
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Yu Road is a shopping road.Aug 20, 2009
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A float procession is ready to walk down Yu Road at 5 pm.Aug 20, 2009
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Near the train station is this diagonal road called "Yu Road" leading to the Koshu Kaido (Route 20) main road where the festival is held. Aug 20, 2009
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JR Hachioji Station is decorated with Hachioji Matsuri paper lanterns. The station also had a festival information booth where you could obtain free festival maps/pamphlets and information (in Jaoanese).Aug 20, 2009
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JR Hachioji Station is a very busy train station.Aug 20, 2009
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Minyo Nagashi folk dancing at Hachioji Matsuri, Tokyo.Aug 20, 2009
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In the evening on the second day of Hachioji Matsuri is a large folk dance parade called Minyo Nagashi during 4 pm to 6 pm. 民踊流しAug 20, 2009
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Taiko drummer at Hachioji Matsuri. She was very good.Aug 20, 2009
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Taiko drummer at Hachioji Matsuri.Aug 20, 2009
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From the Edo Period, the festival was originally held by two local shrines, the Hachiman Yakumo Shrine and Taga Shrine. Both shrines are still involved, but today the festival is more of a community event organized by a large group of local organizations.Aug 20, 2009
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The second day also has a taiko drumming contest for the Kanto region.Aug 20, 2009
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I went on the second day years ago, and on the third day on Aug. 9, 2009. The second day features a parade of the 19 floats. The festival attracted over 600,000 people during the three days in Aug. 2009.Aug 20, 2009
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The Hachioji Matsuri is Hachioji's biggest event of the year. Held during the first weekend (Fri-Sun.) of Aug., it is basically a festival of ornate floats paraded around the main streets near JR Hachioji Station. Aug 20, 2009
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