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Held annually on Nov. 3, a national holiday (Culture Day), the Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession starts at Yumoto Elementary School at 10 am. About 170 people dressed in feudal-era costume are in the procession. 湯本小学校
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Yumoto Elementary School is where the procession started at 10 am. The procession route is quite long, about 6 km. The procession ends at 2:30 pm. 湯本小学校
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They had a short ceremony and briefing.
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Special guest was former Yokozuna Wakanohana aka Hanada Masaru acting as the daimyo lord. Every year, they have a celebrity as the daimyo.
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The procession reenacts the daimyo procession of Okubo Tadazane (Kaga no Kami), lord of Odawara on his way to Edo (Tokyo) for the periodic sankin kotai procession.
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Daimyo's wife
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Ladies in waiting.
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Daimyo's wife is one of the main characters in the procession.
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The crowd follows Hanada Masaru.
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The Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession started in 1935 on the occasion of the Yumoto Expo. Except for the war years in the 1940s, this festival has been held annually.
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You hear, "Shitaaaa-niii, shitaaaa-niiii" (Go down, go down!) by the tsuyu-harai dew sweepers who lead the way to tell people to clear the way and bow in respect. 下ニー 下ニー
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These men are the luggage carriers carrying the hasami-bako boxes containing clothing and other necessities. Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu. 挟み箱
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Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession on Nov. 3
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These are honor guards who carry feather-topped keyari poles and toss them to each other. In the old days, they did this when entering the lodging town. 毛槍
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Lead car
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The procession is led by this guide car.
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Daimyo's palanquin, however, I don't think anyone was in it. They never opened it.
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It's quite a long procession route so it's not that crowded much of the way.
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About 80 of the costumers are volunteers recruited from the general public. Women volunteers become ladies-in-waiting.
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Foot soldiers. 徒士
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End of the procession.
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At about 11 am, they arrived at Hotel Nanpuso for a 30-min. break. ホテル南風荘
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Band played during the lunch break.
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At around 11:30 am, the procession resumed. This is Marching Band Hakone 21. マーチングバンド箱根21
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Marching Band Hakone 21. マーチングバンド箱根21
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Marching Band Sirius
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Marching Band Sirius マーチングバンド Sirius
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Matchlock gunners
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At 11:30 am in front of Hotel Okada, the Odawara Hojo Gunners fired matchlock guns. 小田原北條鉄砲衆 ホテルおかだ
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They fired twice.
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Very loud bang.
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Hanada Masaru, former Yokozuna Wakanohana acting as the daimyo lord at Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu
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Hanada Masaru, former Yokozuna Wakanohana at Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu
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Hakone geisha
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Narrow road
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Scenic river
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The procession took a lunch break at a hotel called Tenseien from noon to 1:20 pm. 天成園
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Walked to Chimoto Bridge near the entrance to the Hakone Yumoto. ちもと
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Firing matchlock guns at Chimoto at 2 pm. 小田原北條鉄砲衆
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Odawara matchlock gunners 小田原北條鉄砲衆
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Hanada Masaru
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Hakone geisha on rickshaw
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Hakone geisha on rickshaw at Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu
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Kimono dancers at Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu
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In front of Hakone Yumoto Station at about 2:10 pm.
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Hanada Masaru
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Hakone geisha on rickshaw
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They even waved at the people in the train station.
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The procession crossed the Yumoto Ohashi Bridge and ended at 2:30 pm at Hakone Fujiya Hotel.
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The following pictures were taken in an earlier year (not 2009). Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession starts at Yumoto Elementary School at 10 am. 湯本小学校
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The procession reenacts the daimyo procession of Okubo Kaga, lord of Odawara on his way to Edo (Tokyo) for the periodic sankin kotai procession.
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Ladies in waiting. These pictures were taken some time ago (not in 2009). Since I saw it, the procession has gotten larger with more groups.
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The daimyo lord is carried in a palanquin for the Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession. 大名駕籠
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Hakone Tourism Companions
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Yumoto Elementary School
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Before the feudal lord procession, there are normal people in dance groups, etc.
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The start of the Daimyo Procession. You hear, "Shitaaaa-niii, shitaaaa-niiii" (Go down, go down!) by the tsuyu-harai dew sweepers who lead the way to tell people to clear the way and bow in respect. 下ニー 下ニー
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These men are the luggage carriers carrying the hasami-bako boxes containing clothing and other necessities. Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu. 挟み箱
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The Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession started in 1935 on the occasion of the Yumoto Expo. Except for the war years in the 1940s, this festival has been held annually.
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Luggage carriers carrying the hasami-bako boxes containing clothing and other necessities. 挟み箱
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These men are the keyari who carry fluffy-topped poles and toss the poles to each other. 毛槍
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These men are the keyari who carry fluffy-topped poles and toss the poles to each other. 毛槍
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The daimyo feudal lord in Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession.
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Ladies in waiting. 奥女中
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She was definitely the focal point of the procession before they started using a celebrity to play the daimyo. They past Yumoto Station in the background in the Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession.
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Crossing Yumoto Ohashi Bridge
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A large crowd watch the procession cross the Yumoto Ohashi Bridge. The parade ended at 2:30-3 pm.
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Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession poster. To get to Hakone Yumoto, take the Odakyu Line Romance Car from Shinjuku. A cheaper but longer way is to take the Odakyu Line to Odawara, then take the Hakone Tozan Railway train to Hakone Yumoto Station.
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It starts with a Shinto ceremony at 1 pm.
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They move to the shrine's main hall.
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Shrine maiden dancers.
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Gagaku musicians
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Offerings
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During the ceremony, they passed on the offerings to be placed in the shrine's main hall.
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The offerings included fish, vegetables, fruits, etc.
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Shrine maidens also danced.
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Then they removed the offerings and put them back.
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Group photo of the kids.
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Group photo of the keri yakko-buri men. "Keri" means to kick.
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The procession started at around 2 pm with the children's mikoshi (portable shrine).
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The yakko-buri men do their thing.
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Reenacts the daimyo procession of Lord Ii Naonobu from Hikone when he came to worship at Sakata Shinmeigu Shrine in 1733 in Maibara.
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The men walk with a stylized, kicking action while singing.
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I assume this is Lord Ii Naonobu. (But he should be in a palanquin or on a horse.)
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Bell
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Gagaku musicians
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They proceeded along a route within the shrine's neighborhood and Sakata Station. There are 16 of them.
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Sakata Shinmeigu Shrine Yakko-buri, Maibara, Shiga
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Luggage carriers
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Black feathered pole
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The children's mikoshi already arrived at this little park next to Ugano Shrine.
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With Mt. Ibuki in the background, the top of the children's mikoshi. Looks like the Ii family crest is on it.
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Ugano Shrine. 宇賀野神社
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The Hokuriku Line was right next to Ugano Shrine.
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The mikoshi and procession started arriving at Ugano Shrine.
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They held a Shinto ceremony at Ugano Shrine. During the ceremony, the yakko-buri men and others took a break.
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Offerings on the mikoshi.
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After the ceremony was over, they headed back to the procession route. That's Mt. Ibuki in the background.
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The procession continued along.
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Sakata Shinmeigu Shrine Yakko-buri, Maibara, Shiga
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Also see my YouTube video here.
 
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