Most viewed - Ogaki Matsuri Festival 大垣まつり
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Ogaki's biggest festival held on the weekend on or before May 15 has 13 ornate floats called "yama." They are paraded along the streets in central Ogaki. The road leading to Hachiman Shrine is lined with food stalls.179 viewsThere are different types of floats. Mostly karakuri doll floats, but also two floats with a stage for traditional Japanese dances by young kids. The floats were inspired by karakuri floats in Aichi Prefecture and kabuki floats in Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture.
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Ogaki Matsuri poster125 views
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On the left is the small bag of beans tossed by the Atago-yama float.113 views
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Entrance to Ogaki Hachiman Shrine. Highlights include karakuri mechanical doll performances atop the floats and the floats lit up at night with paper lanterns. Held by Hachiman Jinja Shrine.84 viewsOn Dec. 1, 2016 (JST), Ogaki 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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Flower tower and Hachiman Shrine torii.79 views
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Hanging on during the tilt...78 views
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Hachiman Shrine76 views
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Ebisu-yama float. 恵比須(船町・伝馬町・岐阜町・宮町)75 views
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Tamanoi-yama float. 玉の井 (船町)75 views
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Hachiman Shrine 八幡神社75 views
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Hachiman Shrine73 views
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The first of eleven floats is called Kagura-yama. 神楽 (本町・中町・新町)73 views
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Shochiku-yama float. 松竹 (伝馬町)72 views
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This float features dancing by children in kimono. The back has a painting of a pine tree.72 views
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The Tamanoi-yama was a crowd pleaser with so many child dancers.71 views
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Renjishi lion dance.71 views
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Also see my YouTube video of karakuri puppets here and of children's dances here.71 views
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Shochiku-yama also features dances by children in kimono.68 views
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Daikoku-yama float 大黒 (魚屋町・竹島町・俵町)68 views
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Natural spring in Hachiman Shrine.67 views
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Aioi-yama float. This is the newest float, reconstructed in 1996. 相生 (本町)66 views
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After the procession, all the float again visited Hachiman Shrine. Later in the evening, they lit up the floats like the night before.66 views
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Top of Shochiku-yama is a statue of Benzaiten.66 views
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Also see my YouTube video of karakuri puppets here and of children's dances here.65 views
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Hachiman Shrine65 views
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Also see my YouTube video of children's dances here.64 views
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The karakuri doll is actually writing "Ogaki Matsuri" on a piece of paper.63 views
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Namazu means catfish.63 views
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Namazu-yama float. 鯰 (魚屋町)63 views
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Also see my YouTube video of karakuri puppets here.63 views
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On the first day of May 9 called Shigaku (試楽), the eleven floats first performed in front of Hachiman Shrine, then proceeded to Ogaki City Hall where also performed karakuri.61 views
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Sakaki-yama float. 榊 (竹島町)60 views
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Sakaki-yama at night in front of Hachiman Shrine.60 views
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Sneakers59 views
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Tamanoi-yama59 views
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The tapestry features the Omi-Hakkei scenes.58 views
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Sugawara-yama float. 菅原(新町)58 views
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While Ogaki City Hall officials sat comfortably under the shade like nobility, the floats came by one after another to perform katakuri doll stunts. The rest of us sweated under the sun.57 views
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The Eki-dori road in front of Ogaki Station was closed to traffic.57 views
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Tamanoi-yama57 views
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Shojo-yama float. 猩々(宮町)57 views
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Tamanoi-yama finale57 views
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The Eki-dori road was lined with food stalls.55 views
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Shochiku-yama55 views
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Tamanoi-yama is based on Omi-Hakkei (Eight Views of Omi) in Shiga Prefecture).54 views
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It got darker. 54 views
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After the end of the karakuri performance, they tossed out small bags of beans like setsubun.54 views
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Ogaki City Hall.54 views
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Aioi-yama crossing the road.53 views
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Atago Shrine53 views
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Passing by a large temple.53 views
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The float procession on May 10. Headed by the Kagura-yama float. 巡行52 views
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The pigeons' head actually move as well.52 views
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To turn the float, they tilt it first.52 views
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A crowd gathered in front of Hachiman Shrine in the evening to watch the night performances of the passing floats.52 views
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Atago-yama float. 愛宕 (岐阜町)52 views
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On May 10 from 8:30 am to 10 am, all the floats again visit Hachiman Shrine before starting the procession through the city at 10 am.51 views
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The floats make a turn from Eki-dori road to proceed to the shrine.51 views
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The Atago-yama float at Atago Shrine.51 views
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Lining up to Ogaki City Hall.51 views
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Yanagen Dept. Store51 views
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In the late afternoo, the floats were parked near Hachiman Shrine and lanterns were installed on the floats.51 views
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Eki-dori at night50 views
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The Eki-dori road in front of Ogaki Station was closed to traffic.50 views
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Atago Shrine officials greet the floats as they pass by during the procession.49 views
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At 7 pm, the paper lanterns on the floats were lit up.49 views
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The Aioi-yama almost hit a street lamp. It had to back up and adjust its path.48 views
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The floats gather on Eki-dori road.48 views
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In front of Hachiman Shrine, each float rotated and performed karakuri.48 views
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Parade route on May 10 indicated by the red line. Quite an extensive route.47 views
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