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, Gifu287 views
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Ryuujintai Karakuri, Takayama Festival, Gifu 龍神台からくり253 views
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Floats are displayed on the street. Takayama Matsuri, Gifu250 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. 200 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.185 views
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On Nakahashi Bridge.166 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.135 views
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Hie Shrine hall. The shrine is on Shiroyama Hill. 日枝神社134 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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Large crowd gather to watch the karakuri puppets perform on the ornate floats.134 views
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Shrine officials in the procession.129 views
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The portable shrine (mikoshi) passes through Hie Shrine's torii to join the procession. 神輿127 views
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Ryuujintai Karakuri 龍神台からくり126 views
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Portable shrine 神輿125 views
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Lion dance or shishimai. See the video at hidanet.ne.jp. 獅子舞124 views
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Shrine maidens121 views
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Large crowd gather to watch the karakuri puppets perform on the ornate floats. Sign says "Watch out for pickpockets."121 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.121 views
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Held on April 14, the night procession is the festival's major highlight. 夜まつり曳行120 views
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A middle-aged woman uses her camera phone to photograph herself. "I was here!"117 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116 views
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Shrine maidens114 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.113 views
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Storehouse for a float. 屋台蔵111 views
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Shrine priest109 views
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Ryuujintai Karakuri 龍神台からくり108 views
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Superb embroidery108 views
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The floats are lit and paraded on the streets.108 views
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Mikoshi105 views
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Portable shrine 神輿105 views
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Sanbasou Karakuri 三番叟からくり105 views
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Shrine maidens103 views
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Ryuujintai Karakuri 龍神台からくり103 views
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Sanbasou Karakuri 三番叟からくり100 views
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The karakuri perfom one float at a time.97 views
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Ryuujintai Karakuri 龍神台からくり97 views
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Street lined with floats.95 views
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Ryuujintai Karakuri throwing confetti. See the video at hidanet.ne.jp. 龍神台からくり90 views
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