Most viewed - Hachioji Matsuri Festival 八王子まつり
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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. 242 views
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Tekomai at Hachioji Matsuri, Tokyo.151 views
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Hachioji Matsuri. Also see my video at YouTube.136 views
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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127 views
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Taiko drummer at Hachioji Matsuri. She was very good.118 views
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This float had a group of tekomai women, Hachioji Matsuri.118 views
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Women in yukata watching the Hachioji Matsuri.117 views
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Very crowded at Hachioji Matsuri.111 views
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She was doing it to music. Hachioji Matsuri.110 views
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My YouTube video of the Hachioji Matsuri in 2009.110 views
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Pulling a float at Hachioji Matsuri.106 views
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Poster for Hachioji Matsuri in 2009.103 views
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Shishimai lion dance, Hachioji Matsuri.102 views
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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.73 views
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Coming down on Yu Road.71 views
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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. 2009.69 views
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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. 67 views
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Koshu Kaido is filled with people during the mikoshi procession.67 views
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Minyo Nagashi folk dancing at Hachioji Matsuri, Tokyo.63 views
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JR Hachioji Station is a very busy train station.63 views
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All-female mikoshi bearers.62 views
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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).61 views
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Yu Road is a shopping road.60 views
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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.60 views
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Mikoshi bearers60 views
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A float procession is ready to walk down Yu Road at 5 pm.59 views
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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. 58 views
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The floats have a masked person dancing as a fox, etc. They are messengers of the gods.58 views
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Geisha-like musicians, playing the samisen.57 views
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On the Koshu Kaido main road, they started a mikoshi (portable shrine) procession from 5 pm on the third day.56 views
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Flute players56 views
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The second day also has a taiko drumming contest for the Kanto region.55 views
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Earlier during the third day, they had Shishimai lion dances by this pair of lions displayed here.55 views
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After the buttsuke meeting, the floats disband into the street.55 views
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Taiko drummer at Hachioji Matsuri.54 views
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A girl twirling a decorative pole.54 views
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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54 views
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White fox54 views
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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54 views
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Sometimes two floats would meet up again and perform together.53 views
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One traditional float featuring dolls.53 views
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Tekomai53 views
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One float had a group of geisha-like musicians.53 views
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Also see my video at YouTube.50 views
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They pulled the floats up and down the main road.49 views
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Two floats in Kami-chiku.48 views
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Another float procession.47 views
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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.46 views
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There are always people riding on the roof of the floats.46 views
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Finally, the floats disbanded as they left one by one.45 views
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