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Most viewed - Takayama Matsuri Festival 高山祭
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Only four of the 12 floats have karakuri puppets which perform. Takayama Matsuri, Gifu298 views
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Ryuujintai Karakuri, Takayama Festival, Gifu 龍神台からくり263 views
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Floats are displayed on the street. Takayama Matsuri, Gifu262 views
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The Takayama Festival is held twice a year, during April 14-15 and Oct. 9-10. The spring festival is held by Hieda Shrine and it is called Sanno Matsuri. 205 viewsThe festival features twelve ornate "yatai" floats which are displayed and pulled along the streets. In a large plaza, katakuri puppets perform on a few of the floats. The festival is also dramatic at night with a float procession. The Takayama Festival procession in spring starts at Hieda Shrine. Photo shows a banner reading "Hieda Jinja." 祭行列
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The floats cross Nakahashi Bridge.191 views
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On Nakahashi Bridge.173 views
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The puppets come out on a plank sticking out of the float and perform in a mini play with various stunts.141 views
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Large crowd gather to watch the karakuri puppets perform on the ornate floats.140 views
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Hie Shrine hall. The shrine is on Shiroyama Hill. 日枝神社139 viewsOn Dec. 1, 2016 (JST), Takayama Matsuri Festival was inscribed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as one of 33 "Yama, Hoko, and Yatai float festivals in Japan."
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Shrine officials in the procession.134 views
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The portable shrine (mikoshi) passes through Hie Shrine's torii to join the procession. 神輿133 views
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Ryuujintai Karakuri 龍神台からくり132 views
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Portable shrine 神輿131 views
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Lion dance or shishimai. See the video at hidanet.ne.jp. 獅子舞129 views
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Shrine maidens129 views
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Large crowd gather to watch the karakuri puppets perform on the ornate floats. Sign says "Watch out for pickpockets."127 views
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The karakuri puppets first appeared on the Takayama Matsuri floats in the 18th century. They were handcrafted by artisans in Kyoto.126 views
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Held on April 14, the night procession is the festival's major highlight. 夜まつり曳行126 views
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A middle-aged woman uses her camera phone to photograph herself. "I was here!"123 views
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Shakkyoutai Karakuri which transforms into a lion dance. See the video at hidanet.ne.jp. 石橋台からくり123 views
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Shrine maidens120 views
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Storehouse for a float. 屋台蔵119 views
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Japan has three basic types of karakuri puppets based on the region: Kyoto, Nagoya, and Kanto (Tokyo area). The Takayama karakuri are the Nagoya-type.118 views
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Superb embroidery116 views
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Shrine priest114 views
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The floats are lit and paraded on the streets.114 views
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Ryuujintai Karakuri 龍神台からくり113 views
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Sanbasou Karakuri 三番叟からくり112 views
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Mikoshi111 views
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Shrine maidens111 views
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Portable shrine 神輿111 views
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Ryuujintai Karakuri 龍神台からくり110 views
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Sanbasou Karakuri 三番叟からくり106 views
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The karakuri perfom one float at a time.105 views
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Ryuujintai Karakuri 龍神台からくり105 views
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Street lined with floats.101 views
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Ryuujintai Karakuri throwing confetti. See the video at hidanet.ne.jp. 龍神台からくり98 views
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