Matsue Festivals



Horan Enya Boat Festival

***** Location: Matsue
***** Season: Mid-Summer
***** Category: Observance


Hooran Enya ほうらんえんや
boat festival in Matsue town, Shimane

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This festival was started by first generation feudal lord Matsudaira Naomasa in hopes for a good harvest and has been held every 12 years. The object of worship is carried on a boat from Inari Jinja Shrine 大浜住吉神社 to Adakaya Jinja Shrine. At the call of "Horan-enya" the procession, consisting of a line that is 10 kilometers long, carries a fleet of 100 decorated boats from one shrine to the other. The festival in 1997 was the Horan-enya's last event of this century.
The last festival was held in 2009.

At the front of some ships, a kabuki-like dancer performs his art. At the back of the ships, young drummers acompany a dancer, a young boy dressed like a girl, swinging his sticks.
The festival starts early in the morning, bringing the mikoshi on a boat to the shrine Adakaya 阿太加夜(あだかや).

It is one of the three great festivals with ship processions in Japan.

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Hooran Enya in 2009

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Matsue Drum Procession
松江祭 鼕行列(どうぎょうれつ) doo gyooretsu

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This festival began when the 5th generation feudal lord Matsudaira Nobuzumi greeted his wife in 1734. The people in the area made a drum to beat for the celebration. A float with two large drums, each measuring 2 meters in diameter, proceed through town as the sounds of the beats echo throughout the area.


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Tamatsukuri Onsen Summer Festival – 玉造温泉夏まつり
Held in Tamatsukuri Onsen, this annual summer festival consists of daily stage events and food stands. The stages are outside surrounding the Tamayu River, and performances range from music concerts to traditional dances, like Yasugibushi. At night, the area around the river is illuminated with decorative lanterns.

Matsue Suigosai Fireworks Festival – 松江水郷際
One of the biggest events in the City of Water, Matsue Suigosai is held over two days in the city centre by Lake Shinji‘s shore. Many people wearing yukata and jinbei will enjoy the surface of the lake lit up by thousands of fireworks, while dance events and other performances are held on stage by Matsue City Hall. There are also many food stalls. Fireworks are usually from 20:00 to 20:30 on Saturday, and from 20:00 until 21:00 on Sunday, with a total of around 90,000 fireworks.

Oyukake Jizo Festival – お湯かけ地蔵まつり
This festival, dedicated to the local hot spring deity named Oyukake Jizo, takes place in the hot springs area of Matsue Shinjiko Onsen. Come by and pour hot water over the Jizo statue before watching the fireworks over Lake Shinji. Fireworks are usually between 20:00 and 20:30. URL : Oyukake Jizo Festival (jp).

Iya Shrine’s Ho-kake Matsuri - Hokake – 揖屋神社穂掛祭
Iya Shrine is located in eastern Matsue, by Lake Nakaumi (easy access from Higashi Matsue Station). An important ritual is held there, both on sea and land, to pray for generous harvests and safety at sea. The god worshipped is first brought in a Mikoshi (portable shrine) on a boat to reach a sacred place before returning to the shrine. The land procession starts at 19:00. The celebrations includes awesome Kagura dances on a stage next to the shrine, Mochi-maki (distribution of pounded steam rice cakes), Japanese drums and fireworks. Also, the crowd is given super yummy sake in bamboo cups

Sada Shrine Gozakae Ritual – 御座替神事
This ritual is undertaken to purify the new rush mats upon which the tutelary deities of Sada Shrine are to sit. Another round of dances follows on the second day, including Sada Shin Noh, which was added to the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2011. Created in the early 15th century, these dances have been handed down from generation to generation and are thought to have given its contemporary structure and content to the Kagura dances that today thrive in Shimane culture.

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1 comment:

Gabi Greve said...

Sake 酒 for rituals and festivals